When Rana & Lady share space in the mornings, and it’s time to separate them, Rana is usually the one we shift. Caregivers continue to supervise the two whenever they are together, due to Lady’s apprehension. We are still keeping the time relatively short as well, helping ensure the interactions stay positive, Maia and Rana have time together, and Lady can relax in the afternoon.
The other morning, Rana was so sleepy, and Lady was more active, so we asked Lady to head into the neighboring yard when it was time to close a gate between the two.
Lady was ready to go, so she started heading that way. Rana saw Lady moving to shift yards and stood utterly still and put her ears out. She smelled low around the ground and subtly watched. Even though Lady moves all of the time, Rana’s reaction was that of surprise – she looked at her humans as if to say, “Lady is moving! Do you see that?” Lady got close to the gate, and then, noticing Rana’s subtle reaction stopped moving.
Once Lady stopped moving, Rana decided it was her turn, so she headed towards Lady and the humans, apparently intending to go through the gate herself.
Lady has her Lady limits- which is an ever-shifting line of “how much is too much.” Rana doesn’t understand Lady’s limits any more than her humans do. According to Lady, Rana took one step too many and was close enough. Lady took a couple of quick steps through the gate and turned around, watching Rana to see what she would do. Rana stopped as well, realizing she had crossed the invisible line.
Immediately closing the gate could have made Lady feel justified in running away, or made Rana feel punished for coming over. Instead, we waited for a few minutes for both to settle naturally. Once they started eating, we closed the gate between Lady and Rana, and opened up for Rana to head back out to Maia.
Photo of Rana happily eating.
March 15, 2020
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