"We picked up the girls on 12/18/17 from foster mom Phina and though they were obviously scared, they went along with us. They were very shy at first, afraid of us and the cats and their new environment. Despite that, we saw that they are sharp, and sweet natured and with a little patience we've all become a lot more comfortable together.
They get out for walks around the neighborhood a few times a day, sometimes with one of us, sometimes all of us and occasionally they get walked individually rather than as a pair. We've seen them slowly gain confidence on the walks and now with some medical intervention, we hope to help them overcome their anxiety around strangers.
In this short time we've had together so far, they have shown us that they each have distinct personalities. Bobbie, we now call Bubu as that is the name given to her by her rescuer Piper in Taiwan, is very alert and wary. She seems less fearful most of the time but also slower to warm up, or relax; however, she is motivated by food. She responds readily to treats and this gave us the chance to get in her good graces fairly easy. It's taken longer for her to connect beyond the basic food transaction, but now she wags her tail in greeting and feels more confident poking around the house. Caylee displays more emotion and is less motivated by food. She warmed up to May first and has been more wary of Avery. Even now she might emit a low growl if Avery enters the room after being gone for more than a few hours.
Overall we are impressed with how quickly the girls have settled in and become family. We are learning new things from them every day and they really seem to want to be a part of the household. They tune into us, responding to our moods and reactions, eager to understand what we expect. With a little help from the UCD VMTH Behavior Dept, we hope to see them blossom into confident FMDs.
We are very grateful to have them in our lives.