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WIPs and Bullies

Filed under: Knitting,Movies,Rats!,Reviews — folkcat at 2:56 pm on Monday, September 10, 2007

A bit of a rough weekend here. Lola started to be very aggressive with Sable, jumping on her and kicking hard enough to make her squeak. I was at my wit’s end trying to figure out how to handle it.

I finally went with timeouts. I set up Lola’s original cage with the bare minimum, and when she jumped Sable, I put her in the old cage for a one hour timeout.

I thought this worked the first time I did it. It was several hours before I heard the distressed squeaks from Sable again. But there they were, and Lola got another timeout.

After this next hour, it only took two minutes before she jumped Sable. I was at my wit’s end. Gryphon came home from work shortly after that (this was Friday night), and we decided that rather than have Sable keep getting beat up, we’d set up Lola’s old cage as living quarters for a day or two, and leave Lola in there until we figured things out.

I wasn’t the least bit happy with this, and neither was Lola. Having both cages around is very difficult, and the walls of wire dominate the living room.

By Sunday, we were willing to try putting them together in the big cage again. This time, we had one new idea to try – we took out the Wodent Wheel. This large object took up a fair bit of space on the bottom floor of the cage, and as much as I’d hoped Lola would take to it and burn off some of her energy, she never did. So it was crowding things, without contributing to their welfare.

I don’t know if removing the Wheel was what did the trick, or if Lola has become a bit contrite since her short stint in solitary. But things have been calmer since. (Touch wood, and invoke every other counter-charm against ill luck that I can think of!)

Having calmed down the Rattie situation, I got back to my knitting on Sunday, finishing the body of the Christmas entrelac bag.

WIP - Christmas 2007 knitting, entre-lac bag

Next up I need to knit two long I-cord straps. I think I have enough of the two shades of green to knit one strap from each. I’m certain I don’t have enough of any color to knit both straps to match. Two shades will at least look like it was somewhat planned, though.

Today at Shopping Jen: My review of the 1975 television production of Ballet Shoes. Did I like it? Don’t guess, just go check it out!


Comment by Carrie K

September 10, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets……a piece of Sable? Nuh uh. Hope the truce lasts! The bag is looking great. (I typed rat at first! lol)

Comment by Sara Fail

September 11, 2007 @ 12:29 am

Ditto Carrie K’s comment. Those darn teenagers; gotta keep ’em from a life of crime by putting them behind bars . . . . oh wait, she’s a rat.

I thought I smelled one in this story (hee hee).

The thing about rats, is their learning ability, so’s hopefully she’s learned her lesson. Just when Sable had taken to chirping on her, too.

I’m wondering if the confused look on Lola’s face in the pic of that, though, was because she was feeling asserted against or I don’t know . . . her “childhood” was alone, so she doesn’t know the social niceties of rattiness. With you three there to teach her, though, hopefully the little gal will catch the hang of it.

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