Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
Email the following information to email@example.com: pet name, owner name, how you met, pet's age, hometown, breed (or best guess), favorite activity, favorite food, funniest moment or sweetest story. Feel free to add your own creative categories, too -- anything that will shine a light on your pet.
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Sir Crazy Ray( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / October 8, 2013 )
Everyone who takes their shoes off in Debbie Brayek's Woodlawn home knows to store them up high. It's for good reason: A furry little imp in their house just loves to steal and hide their insoles.
Sir Crazy Ray is about two years old, and has kept the family on its toes since daughter Anna brought him home with her from college after a friend said she couldn't keep him anymore. Mom Debbie says that while the family had its fair share of pets through the years -- everything from dogs and cats to snakes and a chicken -- they never considered owning a ferret before Anna showed up on break with Sir Crazy Ray, then called Dexter. Life would never be quite the same.
"Sir Crazy Ray stole my heart at first sight," Brayek says. "Even now I smile when I say his name." She says he's "mostly dragon, part raccoon, part otter, and more than I care to admit, mole."
He lives in a three-story ferret house inside the family home with the two other ferrets who've been adopted by the Brayeks since then, and has free reign of the first floor of the house a few times per day.
"He is particularly fond of my new Redwing work boots," Brayek says. "I recently found one sole under the sofa, and one in the closet."
He also likes chasing and being chased by the family cat, leaping around, nibbling his humans' bare toes, curling up in drawers for naps, and playing with cardboard boxes, paper bags, and tunnels. He eats only commercial ferret food, as other things might make him sick. That said, he's a world-class thief, making off with everything from toothbrushes to glasses to recipe cards.
"I never knew I wanted ferrets," Brayek says. "But thanks to Anna, I will never be ferretless again."
To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.