Can't Stop Touching Her Eyes
Join Date: May 2006
2nd bonding attempt
We tried again tonight. We put them in the laundry room this time. Neither girl has ever seen that room of the house. I picked it because it could not be more neutral. Plus I thought it would smell funny since the dogs are allowed in there and the laundry smells may be odd as well.
The girls started rather quickly with the hair pulling. They "jumped" each other several times and pulled fur. I was ready with the water bottle. Jay said not to yell but just to squirt them since the squirting was working well and he felt Ophelia was rather stressed. Poor Ophelia is way more stressed about it then Penelope. Penelope handles different situations so much easier then Ophelia. Do you guys think that is because Penelope was at the SPCA for so long? Oliver and Ophelia were only there for one night before we got them.
We let them go a little longer tonight. I felt that they needed to realize that pulling the others fur won't make the session stop. I did decide to call it quits when they sat nicely near (not too close but on the same small throw rug) each other for a minute or so. I figured that was the best way to end the session. Besides I was a bit squirt happy so the girls were pretty damp at that point. Jay took Penelope in a towel and took Ophelia.
We put them back in their own rooms and I gave them some papaya tabs.
I checked on Penelope and she was absolutely fine. Ophelia is taking longer to calm down. Oliver is being such a good brother to her amd grooming her. It is so sweet.
I tried to give Ophelia some baby food bananas but she is not interested. Oliver was more than happy to try them for me. It was cute because he was eating it off a spoon! I had to hold on tight because he would have taken the spoon from me.
I guess I should try this every night. Otherwise it is just prolonging the stress.
I do have an offer from a local bunny expert to bring them in for a bunny bonding session. I hope it doesn't come to that because I don't think they are that close to my house. But then again after the stress of the ride maybe the girls would be more willing to play nicely.
Tyler - kitty
Oscar - water turtle
Bean - kitty
Frankie - dachshund
Belle - dachshund
Oliver - bunny
Ophelia - bunny
Penelope - bunny
Teddy - bunny -ok I have given up on 4 of a kind and am willing to settle for 2 pairs.
8 fishes - RIP Little Guy and Greta
and Tabatha - October 11, 2006 - rest in peace our sweet angel bunny