Hello, hello, everybuddies! I hopes your long weekend is getting off to a Most Amazing start!
We gots 10 more guesses yesterdays on my Family Tree Contest so that means we’re up to 151 green papers for Mariah’s Promise! And those 151 green papers will helps other doggies like Roscoe, whose family had to gives him up cuz they moved to that Denver place where B.S. Hell lives:
And remembers, if you haven’t yet, be sure to clicky here and give me your guess!
Now, even though I am Most Happy about our contest, I am NOT Most Happy about this:
This is a big scary bird that lives in my house. Most of the times, it is asleep and I don’t think too much about it. But yesterdays, it got real hot here and when it gets hot, it wakes up!
Now, the first time I saw this big ol’ bird when it was awake, it nearly skeered me outta my little white sock! I’d only lived outside, you know, and none of the birds I had ever seen looked like THAT one! Well, I dropped to the ground on my tummy and my teeth started chattering! Dad was all, what’s wrong?! And I couldn’t even tell him cuz I was so skeered. Well, dad finally figured it out (he’s pretty smart) and he made the bird go back to sleep. And all last summer, mom and dad always made sure that the bird was asleep when I was in the room.
Then during the winters, mom and dad did something they call “counter conditioning.” All I know is that it meant tasty noms for me! They would sometimes wake up the bird for just a little bit and gives me CHEESE! and that made me start feeling a little better abouts that bird. But I still didn’t luvs it, and mom and dad made sure it stayed asleep most of the time.
But yesterdays…yesterdays it got REAL hot. Way hotter than it normally gets here at this time of the year – and we don’t have one of those cold-making machines that some of you have – and well, that bird WOKE UP! And mom wouldn’t make it go back to sleep cuz she says that this bird – this evil, horrible, terrible bird that wants to eat me – helps to keep our house cooler and she says the bird isn’t gonna hurt me, but I’m not sure she really knows what she’s talking about. So I have decided to hide pout take shelter in my condo until that bird goes into hibernations again. (This also has the added benefit of making mom and dad feel pretty guilty about the whole thing and well, between you and me, I think they SHOULD feel at least an itsy bit guilty. Don’t you?)
So anyway, please do me a big, huge favor and keep your paws crossed that the weather cools off before I becomes a bird snack! ‘kay?
Note from mom: I normally would NEVER continually expose Mayzie to something that scares her so much. The last thing you should do with a fearful dog is make them “face their fears,” aka “flooding.” Think of it this way: I’m terrified of snakes and putting me in a room full of them would NOT make me less afraid. Instead, we use counter-conditioning: On the other hand, if you gave me $1000 every time someone appeared briefly across the room with a snake, I’d probably get pretty excited about seeing that snake after awhile.We have had huge success with this to change the way Mayzie feels about whatever it is that’s scaring her. Unfortunately, with our little heat wave, we’ve really had no choice but to turn on the ceiling fan. We’re dropping treats for her like crazy and we never force her to stay in the room. We always allow her to make her own decisions about whether she wants to be in the room and if so, how far and how long. She’s much better than she used to be but it’s just going to take some time.