Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Juice Day Two

This morning, I checked,

And re-checked,

Nope, he's still not a Guinea Piggie,

I wondered to myself......

If he'll ever be as nice to me as MY Georgie was, or if he'll ever turn into a Guinea Piggie?

Mum put Juice in a pen so he couldn't run away through the holes I'd dug under the fence. She put me in with him too........ told me to guard him (a mean bun bun) from the crows,

I thought he would show some appreciation by dispensing some treats for me,

MY Georgie was the bestest treat dispenser. He used to dispense whenever I nudged his butt!!

But of course, Juice doesn't do that for me...

SIGHHHHH..... I wish I had a Guinea Piggie..... I heard they dispense treats ALL THE TIME and EVERYWHERE too!

I asked mum to please let me "guard" Juice from outside the pen, since I wasn't really being benefited from being inside the pen with him.

Yes, I was GUARDING, can't you tell?

Then trouble came,

To make a long story short, I ate him TWICE because he charged up to Juice's pen. Charging is not the proper way to greet anybun, and I really didn't know what his intentions were. However, after I ate him twice, I could tell from his body language that he had no intention of hurting Juice. So I stopped paying attention to them. Afterall, Juice is not MY Georgie. As long as STINKY isn't trying to eat Juice, then I really don't care what he does to Juice.

This video was taken after I ate STINKY twice, still gave him a slight warning (yes, that's my warning, not my eating. Mum says my eating isn't rated PG 13 for my bloggie),

(mum: it was very interesting to watch this whole thing with Juice unfold. The previous night when we first brought Juice home, I wasn't really sure what to expect from Jaffa. Since he had only spent a very brief time with our late rabbit when he was about 10 weeks old, I wasn't sure if that meant he was socialized with rabbits. So he slept in the x-pen last night. This morning, I decided to have the rabbit in an x-pen out in the yard and let Jaffa "free". I wanted to see what his body language was around the rabbit, so I could get a better idea.

Sunshade watched as Jaffa approached the pen in top speed, but in a stalking motion. Tail hanging half way, head low, eyes focused, mouth closed. I thought to myself ah-oh, I think he might want to kill...... As I was thinking that, out of no where, Sunshade went up to Jaffa and grabbed him by the scuff and pinned him. He cowarded, and she let him go. He got up but proceeded to do the same stalking motion again while circling the pen. Sunshade saw it, and right away got on his back and pinned him down again. I think Sunshade perceived his actions as being threatening too.

After that, Jaffa's body language totally changed. His tail went up, not held in a stiff position, and whenever he sniffed Juice, his tail would wag. His mouth was now open, he panted like a normal dog. The times that Juice went right up against the x-pen, Jaffa gave him a few licks. After a while, Jaffa laid down (in a more submissive position) beside the pen. I knew then there was no kill in Jaffa. Funny enough, the moment I could tell that Jaffa was just "excited" but did not want to harm Juice in anyway, was the moment that Sunshade took her eyes off Jaffa and did not care anymore what he was doing to Juice.

I find it very interesting to watch how Jaffa learned from his mistakes, how Sunshade read his body language the way I had interpreted and acted accordingly. If I had walked Jaffa to the pen in a controlled manner (which we are doing now), Sunshade would not have pinned him. She felt she needed to control him because I wasn't doing a good job being an alpha, and did not have him under control. The reason I let Jaffa approach the rabbit however he wanted do was because I really wanted to get a good read on what his intentions were towards Juice. Can't get a true reading (IMO) if I tried to have him controlled. Now that I know he doesn't want to harm Juice, we are working on the initial excitement when he first sees Juice in the yard. Everything is so much easier when you know you they are not in it to kill :-)

Here I was, keeping an eye on those pesky crows, always looking for food in MY yard!

D-Guy loves Juice, because he paid for him and he named him (he never really petted MY Georgie or showed any affection towards him... HUMMPH!),

He REALLY likes Juice, I mean, REALLY! (Click on the pic to biggify)

Yes........ he took him to work and made him an Executive Assistant......

(mum: Derek works from home.)

He told me to love Juice like I loved MY Georgie,

I told him maybe, if he got me a Guinea Piggie. Otherwise, we'll just co-exist,

You can see more Juice-STINKY drama on STINKY's blog if you want.


Kari in Alaska said...

Sounds to me like she likes him more than she lets on!


ellen said...

OH, I remember Giant Georgie, and I'm so happy you've got a new pal. I wouldn't expect Jaffa to be a killer, and you'll keep him in line. He needs you!

Duke said...

We bet, with time, you and Juice will be best of friends, Sunshade! Wow, your very own LIVE treat dispenser! Now that's cool!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Oh cool, D-guy's got a new little friend. Now Sunshade's evil mum will have to take Sunshade back to the store so Sunshade can personally pick out her own little gp friend.

Finni said...

How cool! Maybe you could train Juice to dispense treats for you Sunshade.

Finni xx

Amber-Mae said...

I hope you & Juice will be best of friends real soon! You just need to give him sometime. Even my new kitty sister, Pumpkin is still taking it nice & slow adjusting to us doggies.

Shane Kent Louis said...

what a nice photos! thanks for sharing dad.. :)

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