Message Number: YG1365 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-03-17 00:24:00 UTC
Subject: Re: navigation of Blind

At 12:50 AM +0000 3/17/01, wrote:
>Sukie Crandall <sukiecrandall@t...> wrote:
>> We have actually used multiple scents -- 2 each for different areas
>> of the house, one on each side. [snip] Steve said to tell you that
>> when they are refreshed she runs all over happily checking everything
>> rather than being as cautious.
>How do the sighted fuzzies react to these scent markings? You've got
>me wondering if this sort of thing wouldn't be a good part of an
>environmental enrichment program, helping to protect the mental health
>of our furkids.

Seven of Six is always a bit startled at first, but the others either
ignore it or love it. For the most part it perks them up. Most look
and act very excited about it. I have wondered if it's sort of a
"Pleasantville Effect".

When it's fresh it also reduces the "accidentlies-on-purpose" that
they leave at thresholds. I suspect that is just because scents I
put down are considered good territorial markers. As soon as the
smells wear down a little the ones who like to do so will "go" by the
doorways again and let the world know that this is our family's home.
Some people's kids spray paint their school sports name or class year
on rocks; our's poop.