Remember the Collared Boy from the recent TNR site I helped with? I told you about him a few weeks ago, he had settled into my garage space. I had hopes of him being adopted into a cushy forever home.
I’ve been working with him in hopes he can be re-homed, although he’s not making that easy. The first day he was lovely, wanted his tummy rubbed and such. Well, that was only the first day, after that he showed me how fast he is with his swat.
There have been many times where I was about to give up on him being socialized. The option of returning him to the site was an option, although the idea of it broke my heart. After being swatted and getting the sense he wanted me to leave him alone, I was finally convinced myself to just bring him back. It was killing me to think about doing it, but he just wasn’t coming around.
I stuck the carrier in his space and he became sweet again. Lovely, purrs, wanting to be petted. How can I bring him back if he’s so sweet?!?! We did this little dance several times!
Then I started petting him again and I discovered something that changed everything.
I was petting his head and he was about to swat me as he does (claws extended) and I slide my finger behind his ear and rubbed the base of his ear. His paw was in the air, mid-way into his swat motion when it suddenly stopped and slowly went back down. He was feeling too good to go through with the swat – I had found his secret feral-off switch just in the nick of time!
I try to spend some time each day hanging out with him. He’s getting more comfortable with me for sure. I wish I had an extra room in my house he could hang out in, so he could run and play more and I could hang out with him easier. I’ll have to make do with what I have and meanwhile, I posted Bert on Petfinder, hoping his new humans will come along soon!
You deserve a new cushy home Bert, where you will be spoiled and loved on endlessly!