The boot-drying ferret is a very interseting example of an animal that has found a new role in life, which few people could have imagined years ago. Jokes have been made about ferrets crawling up trouser legs, but who envisioned any practical application from such a habit?
Betty later moved to California, where due to the dry climate no longer had much need for the original role of the boot-drying ferret. She did find however, that the ferret could be adapted to drying wet rubber gloves, and so perhaps a sub-breed was born.
A pair of boot-drying ferrets, Binky and Benny, were used by yachtswoman Theonora Goodwind on her successful trans-Pacific voyage.