Animal Visitor and such

It’s been pretty quiet on the animal front around here – probably because I’m a complete scatterbrain trying to get used to working full time, part time photography and such!

Anyway — after a rough start with our house guest, she adjusted well and even began to enjoy playing with Maya and Callie. Phew! Des and Munchkin #1 had another lesson together – they did great, as expected. Munchkin even got Des to back up on her own, big step for both of them!

Maya seems to be having an understandably hard time adjusting to my working full time and having so many obligations on the weekends/evenings. For both our sakes – I hope settles into a routine and we can return to our dog park trips! We did get to have some fun as I prepped for a recent photo shoot (previews coming soon). We found out that Maya is terrified of balloons! Our floor was covered with them and we still have some left over so we’re using them and trying to help her learn to remain calm in the midst of her fear. As of now – the best way to keep her calm and from jumping when you walk in the door? Grab a balloon and hold it at just below waist level! Works like a charm! Hopefully soon she’ll walk and hang out around balloons and umbrellas without big fear eyes.

All in all – things are good here! I’m trucking through the 2 page to-do list that never seems to get smaller, loving my animals at home and wishing I could spend more time at the barn!

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Conquering Fears

Maya’s had some new ‘fears’ pop up lately… and unfortunately for her, she’s had to buck up and deal with them.

The Umbrella. When we discovered her distrust of umbrellas, my umbrella came out and was set up on the back porch. She calmly lives around it, though the cat does like to periodically terrorize her by jumping at her from beneath the umbrella. When that happens, I don’t blame Maya when she cautiously watches for the ‘jumping umbrella’ the next few times through the room!

Rain. Now, I’m not sure if this is a fear or if she just REALLY hates getting wet but…. It poured last week and our gutter right above the backdoor happened to be blocked. That meant 4 streams of water pouring from the sky right above her door. She finally managed to get outside but it took a lot of patience. I mistakenly tried to use the umbrella to block the water streams. Then she just freak out about the umbrella being so high above her head. Ha!

And lastly (For now)

The Tortoise.  She was curious but also very leery of any special powers Will might have in his box. We had a few laughs at her trying to sneakily walk up to his box only to scamper away when he withdrew into his shell. Her courage increased dramatically when he was released for some grass time.

 

 

In opposite fashion – she’s become much more protective of me lately… Barking at random things when it’s dark and we’re home alone, checking out every little noise, growling if Dave unexpectedly comes home (at least until she smells/sees it’s him). The poor mailman even got a scare the other morning! He came to drop off a big envelope, tried our screen door, Maya woke up from her deep sleep and went crazy! Granted, tail wagging, but man did she bark! Poor guy, he was a good sport about it though. And Maya was yelled at. No need to scare the nice people that bring us presents!!

 

Nap Time

 

It’s nap time here! My favorite time of day, especially when everyone is getting along well enough to nap in the same room.

 

 

Isn’t it sweet? Though I have no idea why Maya is choosing the hard floor over the soft carpet, it’s not hot here today at all!