While this has nothing to do with much of anything it’s momentous enough to me that it bears mentioning: in the last two weeks I have managed to whittle down the list of books, according to Goodreads, that I am currently reading from eight to three. It’s pretty common that I have a few books going at once, especially now that I read so much on my Kindle. But I have no idea how that swelled to eight. And apparently a few of these books I’ve been reading since October!1
Anyway, other than that tidbit of non-news, the only major thing going on here revolves around Uschi. (I very nearly typed Yara.) She’s still acting pretty agitated. Due to a bunch of (probably) boring reasons, Becky will be coming out to see us. Jay is sending us a “calming cap” and I still don’t know what that is, but I’m willing to try it. After talking with Becky last night, I think we’ve formed a bit of a theory as to Uschi’s issue: basically, she keeps expecting a cat to randomly jump out at her and go nuts. It’s really the only explanation I can come up with because (a.) her stress reaction is so random and (b.) she’s only showing problems when she’s having downtime, both in and out of harness. When she’s actively guiding me or has something else to focus on, she’s essentially fine.
Of course, she still won’t eat in the kitchen. Not sure how that correlates to the problem. At least she’s venturing in there of her own accord to get water and she’s not avoiding eating. I’ve been feeding her in her crate for the last week or so, which she’s always preferred so maybe I’ll just have to live with crating her for mealtimes. I’ve noticed she’s been spending a lot more time in her crate, too. I’m fine with that since she’s comfortable in it and I assuming it’s a soothing place to be. And bit by bit she seems to be coming back into her own. Small things like coming over and nudging me while I’m working on the computer or snuffling up when I’m reading a book or watching TV.
I don’t really know what my hope is for Becky’s visit. I would like there to be more I could do, but that would no doubt mean that Becky spots some huge thing I’m not privy. I think it’s just going to be one of those things Uschi will just have to get over on her own. I suppose it’s noteworthy to say that it hasn’t hindered her work. Today I worked with a mobility instructor at the local community college — where I may have to take a prerequisite course for Hunter — and she was her usual calm and focused self. If anything I was the one stressing out with the constant press of students and having to squeeze into tiny (and very old!) elevators. Not to mention the campus, while very small, is a maze!
Then again she’s been completely removed from any encounters with cats since they aren’t something I routinely run into. I do wonder how she’ll be with my friends’ cats when we visit, though.
- Generally, if it takes me substantially longer than a few days to read a book you can bet that I’m not particularly fond of it. More specifically, I’m probably bored by the book. ↩