Monday, 3 October 2011
So, the mice have been here for just shy of a week now, and they are settling in great. The dogs are still both fairly interested in the tank and it's glorious substrate and rodent smell, but Lola is able to relax and nap in her crate when I have the mice out in their handling tub. It's only if the mice are on direct eye level for a period of time that she starts to get whiny and intense about them being there. But for a decently prey driven terrier who hasn't before encountered non-prey prey critters, she isn't doing bad. The mice are all becoming increasingly confident; today, two of the mice took food from my hand (with one--Tosca--sitting on my hand to munch the seed) when said hand was in their tank. They are more nervous of the Hand when in the tank, because I've spent less time hanging out near it (something I'm hoping to change asap) so that was nice. I've gotta say though, so far it is pretty clear that mice are a lot harder to photo than dogs when you have a camera with a very crappy shutter speed!