'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Friday, 16 March 2012


We have a new addition to the Court of Tails. I may have impulse-bought a baby male mouse from the pet shop. I'm all too aware of why you shouldn't support pet shops, and that you're not helping if you buy an animal... but I couldn't stop myself.

Wheatley is brown and white, and he's in a decently sized little cage - obviously on his own, because I don't want or need a bunch of mini-mice running around!

He seems very confident compared to the girls. The cage has wire bars, and we've fed him a couple of mealworms through the bars and poked our fingertips through without getting bitten. He has spent most of his time the last ~5 hours or so that he's been here just running around, climbing the bars and eating food like a champ.


Sara said...


Jen said...

OH! So cute! I bet Mr. Wheatley needs a friend though. :)

Jen and the mostly black dog crew

Sophie said...

Unfortunately Jen, Wheatley can't have a friend. :( Male mice are too intolerant of other males (it's very common to find a cagemate dead with no warning, from a sudden fight) for it to be worth it risk-wise, and I don't want a billion mousey babies!

Diana said...

Congrats on your new addition. Very cute!