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Journey to a 'New Normal' for Dot and Stewie #1422405
05/31/20 10:29 AM
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A quick Back story, and I'll catch up to present soon...

This has been a difficult post to type since Fiona has passed away ( read here: ) http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthr...y-ray-of-sunshine-has-passed#Post1422367

Stewie was her cage mate, and Dot has been a single for over a year. Now I'm not sure what/ how to introduce the two, but Stewie is out of his mind with grief.

Dot's story is here about why she's a single glider. Or at least part of the story...

http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthr...hirarchy-has-been-overthrown#Post1420415

It had to do with a dominance wound I found on Fiona, and while she was healing, Stewie and Dot were together.

Anyway, Stewie has never been alone, and Dot likes being alone somewhat. She usually calls to the other cage (they are in separate rooms) for a few days every month, I'm guessing her heat cycle.

I'd love to hear comments and advise as we take this journey with Dot and Stewie. It will be full of surprises I'm sure...

To be continued...


Dawn

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Be patient,
and
Trust your journey....



Dot :grey:
Stewie :rtmo:

Fiona :rbridge:
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Re: Journey to a 'New Normal' for Dot and Stewie [Re: Ladymagyver] #1422434
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Stewie has been a single for going on 3 weeks. It's not been easy for him.

We have spent a lot of time with him during his waking hours. He is sleeping more than usual. Since Fiona passed, we have allowed him out of the cage in the morning to sleep in our bed.( Yep he is spoiled) He wants to be near a scent other than his own. He crawls under our quilt and sleeps between the top sheet and quilt. He will stay there all day... In one spot... He will slightly crab to let you know where he is...

He has done this off and on for several months especially when Fiona would want to be with me or she would kick him out of the pouch... There are always 2 pouches in the cage, but Stewie has always had trouble going to sleep for the day... He's like a three year old who is too tired to take a nap... He has to run his batteries out completely.

We have moved Dot in to the bedroom about 4' from stewie's cage. That went well. After a few days we allowed each of them out of cage play. As long as they didn't jump on the other's cage.

The first morning, I let Stewie out and he went straight to our bed and found "his spot" and fell asleep. The second morning, he had to investigate Dot. That didn't go well. But both are fine.

Night 4, we tried a cold intro. On top of our bed. Bad idea. It's stewie's bed... He chased Dot off the bed... And surprisingly, Dot ran...

Yesterday we scrubbed up both cages, gave each glider a new sleeping pouch. I cleaned sheets and quilt, everything neutral...

This morning tried again, and same end result...

So those of you who are experienced are asking why I left out two important things to do before intro's... Here ya go...

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Our bathtubs are not real tall, and these two are big and strong and will not stay in the tub... They become too pre occupied with getting back to their respective cages to worry about each other.

They have been cage mates before, but as a trio. They only tolerated each other and fought over Fiona. They travel side by side, cages are kept in separate rooms, but in the RV, they can smell each other... They smell each other on us also.

I did try swapping blankies and pouches... All they did was pee on them and sleep on the floor of the cage (or in stewie's case, bark for hours and run circles on the ceiling of his cage until he was let out to sleep in our bed )

So today... They are cage swapping... Dot has enjoyed the luxury of stewie's cage. Runs, jumps on treadmill and his wheel, explores, sniffs, marks.... Stewie got the worst part of the deal. Dot likes smaller cages when she's a single. She's in a Pocket Pets starter cage with shelf removed so a wheel could be added...

It's almost 11 am, neither have been asleep yet. They are tired and anxious to get back to their own cages(Stewie in our bed)... I'm trying to hold out but I feel bad for them both...


Dawn

https://www.facebook.com/uptilldawngliders/

Be patient,
and
Trust your journey....



Dot :grey:
Stewie :rtmo:

Fiona :rbridge:
Re: Journey to a 'New Normal' for Dot and Stewie [Re: Ladymagyver] #1422456
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Catch up from 9 days ago...

Stewie finally fell asleep! About noon...
That night I felt sorry for him and traded them back to their respective cages. He's just too hyper to be in a PP cage.

Dot, really liked Stewie's cage. It's a Congo, so it's tall and has 2 wheels and a treadmill in the bottom. Lots of hammocks to jump and climb from. I also put 2 of the PVC shelves (with Mesh floors)I built for the smaller Brisbane cage. I use them to put their food and water dishes on..

Anyway, as of today, day before father's day, they are still in separate cages.

We are back on the road for work, left yesterday and 2 cages in tow in our 5th wheel. We are in Cape Girardeau, MO, 5.5 hours from home.... Opened up the 5th wheel, settled in went to put the gliders in their respective cages... Crap... I forgot Stewie's wheel and treadmill shakehead Great! Now what?!?!!!

I'm not sure who's to blame here... It wasn't on my to do list to take them out of the cage, and we've never left them behind before... I do remember I didn't have anything in the bedroom to cut the zip ties, and asked hubby to cut them, I guess I assumed he would 'drop everything he was doing' and take care of it... So I put it out of my head as done... With the world as it is today, losing Fiona and everything else, I walked past that cage a dozen times after that and didn't even think... So did hubby. I can't blame him, he's still upset as I am over leaving Fiona for the first time... Lots of "first times" this year... But I won't go into that now... Anyway on to how to entertain Stewie tonight...

I found an old treadmill under the bed I'd made Dot last year. It's safe enough, just not as sturdy as it needs to be for my little/big and hyper man who weighs 160gr... But for now, he's gonna have to make do... I put a cover on it and he did try it... It's a touch wobbly under his weight (I know why and will get parts to fix today).

Last night we tried intro's again in the tent on our bed... Well it went better, both were in neutral territory, but this time Dot stood her ground and is not interested... I think Stewie will have to re-learn his manners... So we'll try again tonight.

Wanted to put them together this morning, but we have to do a little shopping : 2 tires for the 5th wheel and a battery. Plus find a safe wheel for Stewie) and I won't leave them unsupervised... Maybe afternoon intro's... We'll see...


Dawn

https://www.facebook.com/uptilldawngliders/

Be patient,
and
Trust your journey....



Dot :grey:
Stewie :rtmo:

Fiona :rbridge:
Re: Journey to a 'New Normal' for Dot and Stewie [Re: Ladymagyver] #1422457
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We didn't try intro's again, but I did find a temporary wheel for Stewie and with a few modifications, it will work for now. If he takes to it...

I put the wheel in his cage, and all he did we stare at it... Not interested...

So I decided to lay a zip tie end on it and this morning the zip tie was in the drop pan, so he did try it... Hopefully after a few weeks we'll make it home and I can get his wheel.

Dot had a great night last night. She was semi cuddling, and running and jumping all over her side of the living room...

Stewie stayed upstairs and wouldn't venture away from his cage. He's not a real road warrior yet. He always followed Fiona around. I think he remembers she's not here all over again... He just sits and watches... Hopefully this will be short lived...


Dawn

https://www.facebook.com/uptilldawngliders/

Be patient,
and
Trust your journey....



Dot :grey:
Stewie :rtmo:

Fiona :rbridge:

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