A Sinus Infection. Seriously. My head feels about as heavy as a bowling ball. A bowling ball that is the full weight of a bowling ball but stuffed with towels. I am constantly on the verge of sneezing and I have a fever coming and going. Not particularly fun. But Nyquil is my friend.
Really though this episode is brought to you more by Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. If you’ve never watched his show, you should… especially if you are a dog person. He is amazing. The man knows dogs and understands the way their brains work.
I have been regularly employing his techniques in order to get Bruce accustomed to his new sister, Sally (who I seem to keep calling Sally Mae… I’m thinking of changing Bruce’s name to Freddie Mac… or Barnie Frank. Or not.) He has gone from being quite annoyed with her almost all of the time to being perfectly content with her most of the time. He still has his moments of annoyance where he grumbles that she is part of his world but with lots of attention and calming from me, the Pack Leader, he is mellowing to her presence.
Today I accomplished this.
Considering how many times he snarled at her in the first three or four days that she was here whenever she crossed him, I can tell you that this would not have happened on its own. But because I am making a point to intensively calm and relax him whenever she is nearby we have been able to get to this point. He still doesn’t seek her out for this kind of companionship but as you can see he is getting to the point where he is content and calm with it when I make it happen.
I am working really hard on getting them to respect each other when it comes to food, treats, toys, etc. Yesterday I was able to put a piece of bread directly between them, tell them to leave it and neither of them touched it. I tell you, it was a beautiful thing. And I really do credit it to what I’ve learned from watching Cesar (on the National Geographic Channel.) Bruce is naturally quite tense when he and Sally are in close quarters but because he knew I was in control and he was being given positive attention throughout the whole rest, he was perfectly at ease and calm.
So I’m very encouraged by the great progress we’ve made. Sally is here to stay.
She really loves Daddy too.
She is frequently found napping under his feet.
And this next moment of peace and quiet… this was brought to you by a very busy day sometime last week.