I was right! Callie hadn't shown up in the mornings because of her last encounter on the deck with Zim.
Since I had been slowly rebuilding her confidence, she finally showed up this morning, bright and early. When I got up at a little past 7:30am today, I looked out the kitchen window and was pleasantly surprised to see her already nestled in her corner of the deck, looking up for any bird to stop by.
She only ate a little of her breakfast before walking away to sit on the side steps. Even after Zim went flying off the deck for potty, she didn't run away. She remained on the deck until he came flying at her on the deck when she wasn't expecting it.
Tonight, she had already assumed her position of 'shed watch' at a little past 5pm. Just as I walked out onto the deck, I saw a blur of white fur disappearing behind the shed, then a lot of rustling in the brush. I have no idea what she saw/was chasing, but apparently it ran off too fast for her because a few seconds later, she came back to her spot. For exception of a few licks, I don't think she actually ate any morsels of her dinner. All she wanted was for me to scratch her, and when I stopped and insisted that she eat her dinner, she started her walk towards the side yard. I chased (not literally) after her to the point where the flood lights no longer shined on the grass. I put her food bowl down and again begged her to eat. After a sniff, she pretty much gave me a "Nope, no want." attitude. It wasn't until I put Zim back into the house that Callie finally took interest in eating again, but only if I spoon fed her (not by choice, mind you -- she walked back to where the bowl was, looked at it, looked up at me, then looked at the spoon in my hand). I fed her spoon by spoon until nearly two-thirds were gone. And it was a full bowl! And whenever I didn't refill the spoon and waited for her to eat on her own, she'd look up at me. :roll:
On to a different subject, but equally "odd". Digi didn't want to stay inside her house again today. She paced and bumped the glass like a jailbird begging to be freed. I picked her up/out and placed her in front of the window again. She stayed there all day until around 6pm, when I thought
that she wanted to go home because she kept staring at me. I put her back into her house and not even 10 minutes go by and she started the manic pacing again. She even ignored Pookie while he tried to bite her through the glass! I haven't seen her move that much and that fast since the spring! Not wanting her to hurt herself by all of the glass banging, I put her back in front of the window. Surprisingly, Pookie didn't follow her back up on the couch; instead, he went home
. He never once black bearded Digi, but did her a couple of mini head bobs. He'd since been sulking with Mr. Bear.
Does anyone know of a really good shrink who could tell me what's going on here?