Friday, August 16, 2013

Some Slow Progress

Time in the tent, in close proximity. seems to have been gradually improving the situation between Sprite and CB. Sprite no longer chases CB, and they will actually get relatively close to each before one of them, usually CB, jumps away.  I have also wrapped one or the other up some fleece and held one close to the other. Tonight I had CB wrapped up, and Sprite just sniffed him and then walked away. CB wasn't exactly thrilled, but there were no problems afterwards.

We are still having problems with Foehn an her chasing. She goes after Sprite, and sometimes CB. She and Sprite ball up at times, but Sprite has become pretty good at anticipating her moves and stays ahead of her, often ending up on my shoulder.

One of Sprite's favorite things now is running on the treadmill in the tent. She will run as fast as she can to get it spinning, then stop running and hang on. Her head will be at the center  and she will hold on until the treadmill stops spinning, her tail straight out over the edge. When it slows down, she starts running to get it spinning again. It's like watching a little kid playing on one of the merry-go-rounds on a playground.

Sprite hanging on for a spin on the glider treadmill.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Still Walking Down that Road

The last ten days have been interesting, to say the least. Time in the tent continues, and there have been a few positives. However, it seems that just when things seem to be progressing another monkey wrench is thrown into the works.

First, the positive news. The last two nights Sprite and CB have co-existed in the tent without any issues. There were a couple of chases last night, but tonight they spent a full hour and a half together, but apart. The generally keep out of each other's way, although every once in a while they will venture closer to each other.  The best part of this is that Sprite was not actively stalking him. This is promising, but I think there is a ways to go before CB is not scared of her and she is not afraid of him. Sprite is getting better, and I think a big part of it is the daily time with all of them and that fact that I am there to settle things down.

On the negative side, Foehn has been "after" Sprite the last few days. Foehn was in heat the last few days and that may have had something to do with it. When Foehn comes near Sprite she (Sprite) starts crabbing and complaining, Last night when they were out in the tent Foehn was chasing Sprite and they balled up twice, We are hoping this is just temporary since they have gotten along before.

Sprite and her stuffed animal friend.
Sprite is still sleeping in a cage by herself and she does miss Rossby. Fortunately they get to spend time together in the tent until Rossby decides to crawl under the tarp for a nap. M has been carrying Sprite around in a pouch after morning yogurt when she can. The other day M placed a small stuffed animal in the pouch with Sprite and she cuddled up with it. We now put it in her sleeping pouch each night.

Overall, we think they are making progress. If Foehn gets back on track and there are more nights like tonight with Sprite and CB maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.