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Volume 20, Number 2: 2011

  • AFA News: European Holidays, 2010 and 2011 1Q Donors, Survival Training, Ferret Style, Black-Footed Ferret Adoption Update, JoGayle Howard
  • Health Affairs: 2010 AFA Veterinary Symposium
  • Living with Ferrets: Puck: A Life by the Numbers, The Sad Plight of Wade the Ferret, Woogie Wescue, Candle in the Wind, Finding a Ferret Sitter
  • Shows and Events: Boise’s Third Annual Ferret Show, 2010 Ferret Buckeye Bash, 2010 Inland NW Ferret Show

Volume 20, Number 1: 2011

  • AFA News: 2009 Ferret of the Year Winners, 2009 4Q & 2010 1Q Donors, Airline Pet Policies, Traveling by Air With Ferrets
  • Health Affairs: Eighth Veterinary Symposium
  • Living with Ferrets: The Fareed Report, Greater Chicago Ferret Association, Woogie Wescue, Bob Church Visits the KC Ferret Shelter, Film Review: Starship Troopers, The Greatest Ferret on Earth
  • Shows and Events: Winter Nationals 2009, Spring Nationals 2010, Spring Fandango 2010

Volume 19, Number 3 & 4: 2009

  • AFA News: State- and Territory-Level Ferret Regulations, Meet the Staff: Patty Asheuer, Second and Third Quarter Donors, Black Footed Ferrets in Canada, Ferrets of the Year Runners Up, Tom and Trish Retire
  • Health Affairs: Aleutian Mink Disease, Cardiac Disease in the Ferret, AFA Annual Vet Listing, Grooming Hints and Suggestions, Tobacco Is Toxic for Animals, Too
  • Living with Ferrets: The Fareed Report, Luther, the Little Prince, ’Tis the Season for Sneezing, Leash Training a Ferret, How to Choose a Flawless Ferret, Keeping Your Ferret Cool
  • Shows and Events: Boise’s 2nd Annual Ferret Show, Ferret Buckeye Bash, Inland NW Ferret Show, Fall Fandango, 2009 Dooktoberfest

Volume 19, Number 2: 2009

  • AFA News: New Legal & Legislative Director, 2008 in Review, First Quarter Donors, 2008 Ferret of the Year Award Winners, Black-Footed Ferret Adoption Certificate, 2008 Financial Statement
  • Shelter/Rescue: Lakeroad Ferret Farm Rescue/Shelter
  • Health Affairs: Taurine in a Healthy Diet
  • Living with Ferrets: The Blizzard Memorial Fund, Ferrets and the Boy Scouts, Ferrets in Movies, Ode to Chews, From Rescue to Vanishing Act, Quarks
  • Shows and Events: 2008 Winter Nationals, 2009 Spring Nationals, 2009 Spring Ferret Fandango, Meet the Specialty Judges: Ann Barzda

Volume 19, Number 1: 2009

  • AFA News: Introducing Our New AFA VP, Ferrets by Vickie McKimmey (book review), Meet the Staff: Kerry Fabrizio, Cheese Weasel Day, Volunteers Needed, Service Ferret Allowed on Ottawa Buses, 4th Quarter Donors, For Moonquake. Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
  • Health Affairs: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure, Finding a Ferret Veterinarian
  • Living with Ferrets: My First Experience Traveling With Ferrets, Choosing a Ferret-Friendly Litter, Making the Bed, Antics of a Baby PeeWee
  • Shows and Events: Inland NW 2008 Fall Show, 2008 Dooktoberfest, 19th Japan Ferret Show, Meet the Judges: Jessie Molan

Volume 18, Number 4: 2008

  • AFA News: Museum Honors Dogs and Ferrets of War, Blessing of the Animals, Meet the Staff; Laura Hamlett, 3rd quarter donors
  • Health Affairs: Addison’s: the Other Adrenal Disease, (.pdf 494kb): Why You Should Consider a Natural Diet, (.pdf 298kb): Breeding Better Ferrets: The AFA Ferret Breeder Symposium
  • Living with Ferrets: The Night Before Christmas, A Ferret’s 12 days of Christmas, the Golden Compass: A Must See for Ferret Lovers, Ferrets 101; Grooming Hints, Deaf Ferrets, The Ferret Bible, Ferret Toys
  • Shows and Events: Meet the Judges; Toni Sumerlin, 2008 Ferret Buckeye Bash, 2008 Fall Ferret Fandango

Volume 18, Number 3: 2008

  • AFA News: Ferret Brotherhood, The Ferret Community Suffers a Tremendous Loss, Another Landmark in Black Footed-Ferret History, (.pdf 349kb): 2nd quarter donors
  • Legal & Legislative: Mandatory Vaccination, Domestic Violence, First Annual Ferret Legislative Ride, AMVA Recognizes New Specialty for Veterinarians
  • Living with Ferrets: Demon Seed, The Real Reasons Humans Walk Upright, Cage Training a New Baby Ferret, America Runs on Dunkin, One Very Happy Mckid, Ferret Thieves, Dealing with Euthanasia, (.pdf 255kb): With Great Sadness, DVD review: Stardust, Book Review: Wildwood, Yes Virginia, There Really is an Easter Ferret
  • Shows and Events: 2008 Spring Nationals, Spring Ferret Fandango, 18th Japan Championship Ferret Show, Rustic Extravaganza Ferret show

Volume 18, Number 2: 2008 - Black Footed-Ferret Special Edition

  • AFA News: It’s a First, AFA Committee Goals for 2008, AFA 2007 Financial Statement, Black Footed-Ferret Alert, Ferret Poop News, 1st quarter donors
  • Health Affairs: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, AFA Member Vet Listing
  • Living with Ferrets: The State of the Black Footed-Ferret 2008, (.pdf 323kb): Black Footed-Ferret Timeline, Recovery of the Black Footed-Ferret,(.pdf 232kb): Meet the Staff of Prairie Wildlife; Travis Livieri, April Pietriacovo, Ann Marie Gage, Black Footed-Ferret Adoption Profiles, BFF Seek & Find
  • Shows and Events: Inland Northwest Ferret Show, 17th Japan Championship ferret show, Ferrets of the Year 2007

Volume 18, Number 1: 2008

  • AFA News: Companion Pets are Forever, An Open Letter to the Ferret Community, Thanks for the Raffles, Volunteers Working Hard, 4rth quarter donors, Black Footed-Ferret Update
  • Health Affairs: Ferrets 101; Natural Diet, Insulinoma in Ferrets, Hypoglycemia Emergency Care, How to Hand Feed a Sick Ferret
  • Living with Ferrets: Coming Home With a Boo, More Adventures of Peach Fuzz, How One Man is Helping Recover our Ferret’s Wild Cousins; Travis Livieri, Breeding Time, Ferret Proofing Your Home, Elliot Goes..., Henderson: A Tribute
  • Shows and Events: 2007 Dooktober Fest, 2007 Winter Nationals, Upcoming shows and events

Volume 17, Number 4: 2007

  • AFA News: For the Noodleman, Committee Updates, Rick Schradin Memorial, 3rd Quarter Donors, Education Makes Life Better for Ferrets, Flower: the Kalahari Desert Rose, AFA Donor Level, AFA Gift level
  • Health Affairs: The Mongo Memorial Distemper Titer Study, How to Clip a Ferret’s Nails, Ferrets 101; Choosing a Proper Diet, (.pdf 310kb):Weasel Weight Watchers
  • Living with Ferrets: Saving Cinnamon and Peppy, Gift Wrapping with Ferrets, Help Stop Negligence of Pet Store Ferrets, (.pdf 381kb): Quarks
  • Shows and Events: Meet the Judges; Paula Woodland, Dooktoberfest - Titer Study Benefit, 2007 Ferret Buckeye Bash, 2007 Fall Ferret Fandango, Upcoming shows and events

Volume 17, Number 3: 2007

  • AFA News: Ferrets packed? Check!, Affiliate Shopping, Le Furet, 2nd Quarter Donors, Ferrets: the pursuit of Excellence, Meet the Staff; Ellana Strickbine, Petey TPO
  • Health Affairs: ECE, International Ferret Symposium, How to Bathe a Ferret, Major Rescue Efforts Need Your Help
  • Living with Ferrets: Ferrets featured in Fantasy Art, Mobility Aid for Ferrets, Talking with Mary vanDahm, What’s in a name, Celebrity Ferret Movie Review, Why I Should Have a Ferret, Quarks
  • Shows and Events: Meet the Judges; Mary McCarty, Japan Championship Ferret Show, Three Rivers Ferret Show, Emmett Ferret Shelter Specialty Show, Upcoming Shows and Events

Volume 17, Number 2: 2007

  • AFA News: Save the Date, AFA Committee Goals for 2007, AFA 2006 Financial Statement, Meet the Staff; Bridget Stansky, The Ferret Store Bids Us Goodbye, Mike Janke; Ferret Friend, PBS Special; Ferrets, The Pursuit of Excellence
  • Health Affairs: Poisonous Plants and Flowers, Validity of the Dominance Tube Test
  • Living with Ferrets: Litter Box Training, The Further Adventures of Peach Fuzz, Shelter Spotlight: Ferrets Unlimited, The Making of a Celebrity Ferret; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD review, Quarks, In Memoriam: Cheeba, Life with Ferrets, Open Arms for a Special Boy
  • Shows and Events: Meet the Judges; Kathy Bulgrin, Inland Northwest Show, AFA Spring Nationals 2007, Spring Ferret Fandango, 2006 Ferret of the Year winners, Upcoming shows and events

Volume 17, Number 1: 2007

  • AFA News: A Warm Welcome to 2007, Ferreting Out the Work of the AFA Committees, Help Wanted, The Presidents Report, Member Survey, The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the Black Footed Ferret
  • Health Affairs: Hyperadrenocorticism: Adrenal Disease
  • Legal & Legislative:Ferret Freedom in Columbia, MO
  • Living with Ferrets: Quarks, The Great Wide, Wild Outside, Oliver and the Mystery Box, Ferrets 101, Trixie Memorial, Shelter Spotlight: Oxford Ferret Rescue
  • Shows and Events: JFA Championship Ferret show, Winter Nationals 2006, Upcoming Shows and Events

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