Thursday, May 10, 2012
A little crazy
I guess that should give you a tiny clue that her "issues" have not been resolved. All is not bleak. There has been some teeny tiny progress.
Remember how she suddenly wouldn't come to her mat beside the table? Well, it took some time but I am pleased to say that now she is back to staying on the mat 95% of the time. Besides, I think she figured out it is much harder to beg for food from across the kitchen.
I wish I could say we have made the same amount of progress on the fear of the water dish issue. When I say that I have tried "everything", I really mean it. Including getting down on the floor on all fours, over the water dish and making fake slurping noises. Yes, I did it. I was desperate. STOP laughing!!
I bought 3 different water dishes for her to try - stainless steel, colored plastic, and ceramic. No dice. I sat on the floor and held the dish in my hands. She took a sip, jumped back. I stirred the water with my finger. Again, a sip then jump back. I moved the dish a foot to the left - she sipped. A foot to the right - she sipped. I cupped my hands and filled with water. She drank.
Well, I'm not doing that everytime she needs a drink! The next attemp was to hold her in one arm and the water dish in my other hand. TaaDahh! She drank so much I thought she might drown. But she would only do this for me - no one else. This went on for a few weeks.
The last week or so we are making a little more progress. Now she will drink if I just place my hand under her chest while she drinks. After a few slurps I am trying to remove my hand. I think we are getting a few extra slurps in each day. If things continue this way, we may just have this water dish thing licked soon.
See, I told you it was teeny tiny progress. But it is a whole lot better than when she first started her little crazy spell. It really is a good thing she is so cute. I think I'll keep her despite her issues :)