Today has been similar to yesterday. Bambi continues to visit and step in the transport container frequently, but she won’t fully step inside. She isn’t ready to take that next step with her comfort.
She continues to be distrustful and lack confidence. We are trying many different techniques to see what she needs without putting more pressure or expectations on her.
Bambi is spending less time in her stall today than yesterday, which is excellent. We have opened up both doors of the transport container for her. Opening it means she can go outside if she wants, or she can walk through it. She hasn’t done either yet.
There may not be a specific cause for her distrust; it may just be a cumulation of all the different traumas in her life of captivity. She withdraws inside herself. She’s not looking for affection. She needs to work through her emotions, but it’s tough for her to do that in this environment. We are continually observing, analyzing, and adjusting our approach to discover what works best for her. She loves food, but treats aren’t going to give her the ability to trust. We want her to feel safe enough to enter and spend time in the crate on her own, without a human asking or telling her to go inside.
We’ve been using lots of flower essences and essential oils to support her in this process. We used a specific calming paste yesterday. It worked so well that she retreated into her corner, where she feels safe, and fell asleep. Our veterinarian Trish seems to resonate with Bambi – she is very responsive to Trish’s voice.
In general, we are just here for Bambi today, and every day, for as long as it takes her. We know this is very scary for her, but we believe in her.
Please continue sending good vibes, positive energy, happy thoughts, and encouragement her way.
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