i wanted to thank all of you who have encouraged me to keep trying with Narcy, and for all your support and ideas. Tonight was the absolute worst. . .i have been trying to show him whose boss and that isn't working any better than being kind, gentle and understanding. I must give up for my own sanity and accept the fact that my sweet Narcy will not be back. He is nothing but mean and nasty and unpredictable no matter what i do. He might have a brief moment or two that gets my hopes up, but it doesn't last longer than that. I can tell that his breeding season is over, all but the nasty, nasty temper. I was so very mean to him tonight, not physically hurtful, just mean and definitely not gentle with him. I actually had to make myself shove him back in his cage before i DID physically hurt him and make myself walk away. I could never deprive him of his physical needs, I will continue to care for him and keep his new wonderful cage clean, but I can no longer make myself believe that my sweet guy is coming back. . .ever. I will miss all I used to share with him. Thanks to you all again.
'Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.' Groucho Marx
Diane, I've had Thrasher for 15 months. While there have been a few "sweet" moments, for the most part she has been a plain ole B***h ! I have been exactly where you are. If she had ben a human child Id have beat her little arse. I did everything from being sweet, to hissing at her and baring my teeth,(shaddup Dom) and yes I'm ashamed to say, I was even tempted to knock the crap out of her. Just as I was about to give up (as recently as 2 weeks ago) she did a complete about face. There is no longer a fight when I go into her cage. She just closes her eyes and lets me get her. She sits in my lap and is actually NICE! Who knows, tomorrow she may turn psycho on me again, but.......the last couple of weeks have been great. My point is.... Don't completely give up. Narcy may come around yet. Keep your chin up and know that you are doing the best you can. **hugs**
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Come on Dom, open this page with Opera 7.x and it is a different appearence entirely. Now that school is over I have been using the various machines at my moms (either the desktop or the wireless laptop) and not bothering with my laptop(IE tends to crash my laptop even running XP pro, never bothered with all the anti spyware/ad ware junk with Opera you just don't need to). Both of mom's machines are running IE 6.x and I think that I see the same thing as you.
Continue to give him some time. I am willing put money on the fact that he will come around. Many igs have had really long and bad seasons this year for some reason, I have read about this across the handfull of boards I watch. Bob got real aggressive for the first time in 9 years and still head bobs all the time which he NEVER did when I was around before March of this year. Until Bob returned to normal I opted for armor -- heavy hooded sweatshirt, long pants, full toe shoes, and heavy terri-cloth cooking gloves with the finger tips cut off.