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Feb 22, 2020

 Gotta new boyfriend

His name is Aerrow and he's a neutered Sugar Glider, bonded to my best friend Piper (mom to my darling Starling Sugar Glider). Got to use bonding pouch earlier this week with Aerrow, and able to finally (for a short time) handle him outside the cage and pouch just sitting in my open hand (with fleece glove) munching on wax worms... got to rub his cheeks and forehead, and caress his back. Such a tender yet strong gentleman Glider, and quite charming :-)

Yesterday I bonded again with Piper. Used bonding pouch, and just like Aerrow I was able to finally (for a short time) handle her outside the cage and pouch just sitting in my open hand (with fleece glove) munching on wax worms... she still managed to give me a small nip getting her to that point, but didn't hurt. Took some patience waiting out the growling tantrums, but in-between got some good petting in. Actually able to get some purr-like sounds out of her as she would finally surrender to my caresses. Afterwards, she seems more tame - she will still throw a growling tantrum, but only for a few seconds rather than the usual several minutes (until I dump her out of the nest where she'd stop - lingering nest protection mode...). However even the tantrums seem to occur less frequent. What a lady!

Then there's Starling, my boyfriend's little baby girl - she bonds with me daily, loving to be caressed and always looking for me when I enter the room (and such stirrings usually sets off Piper if they're in the same nest). Compared to the other two adults who are beautiful mature vibrant Sugar Gliders, she's still got a bit of the baby "Joy" in her - more hesitant yet adventurous...

Feb 14, 2020

 More on Piper's growling/biting problem

OK - seems the only time Piper does this 'tantrum' thing is when she's in a nest - never does it outside the nest. Therefore it's GOTTA be some protectiveness of the nest thing left over from birthing joy's/joeys. And Aerrow never does the growling thing unless Piper's doing it - so GOTTA be some husband support thing.

Starling however NEVER joins in and will either just bail out of the nest when the two start up, or she'll wait for me to do something about it (like run ballistic mom and dad out of the nest which stops their growling/snapping immediately as they seek one of the other two nests, and gives Starling the nest by herself, and usually she'll also get a good head/cheek rub with back massage for being such a darling )

Reward good behavior - discourage bad behavior

Still, once I've ran the two trouble makers out of the nest and before they hide away in one of the other nests, I'll give each a 'petting' once they're out and no longer carrying-on...

...also, Piper is now actually allowing me to pet her - even in the nest - occasionally at least, and without being so skiddish ~ gotta wear her down and re-tame her ;-D
Feb 5, 2020

 Skittishness

Piper developed some feral tendencies during pregnancy ~ protecting the pregnancy, then the newborns, and later the nest. She discouraged handling by growling and snapping, and therefore got handled less - worsening the skittishness. Finally even after the young ones left the nest, this 'habit' remained. My mission: bring her back to civilization :-D
Jan 27, 2020

 Journal for the Storm Hawks - SKY NIGHTS

Piper is my Sugar Glider mom... she has this growling/biting problem that my other two Sugar Gliders (dad and daughter) do not have. I figure most if her issue is she's just 'put-out' by all that's happened to her lately, and even though none of it is my fault, I still get to deal with it.

First, she's been uprooted from her previous owner - new surrounding, new caregiver, new scents, etc. Second, her husband is somehow 'different' - he's been neutered. Third, one of her daughter's is 'missing' - the breeder I got her from gave away one daughter after getting the family from the lady moving overseas... gave the second daughter away to another lady who lost one of her two gliders and the remaining one bonded with the second daughter so she gave it to her. Fourth, she got used to 'protecting the nest' during her pregnancy/birthing and has just redeemed the habit.

PLAN: handle her as much as possible - do bonding sessions frequently - ignore the biting attempts - discourage the growling.

Nicknames:
Pipe down Piper (mom)
Hello Aerrow (dad)
Darling Starling (daughter)


The Storm Hawks - SKY NIGHTS
Piper (L) Aerrow (M) Starling (R)
(and that's Radaar on Aerrow's shoulders.... some kinda rabbit wingman)

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Gender: Female
Occupation:Disabled/Retired Deputy Georgia State Fire Marshals
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Member since: Oct 20, 2019
Posts: 33
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Had left lung collapse in June 2007 when I left State Fire Marshal's, then right one later in Dec. 2011 - both got VATS. Also, in June 2011 diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis - then classified as disabled w/SSDI. In 2018 had surgery to remove cancer of the ileum - then 6 mos chemo. In remission now...
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We find consultations, we learn tricks with which we deceive ourselves, but the essential thing - the way - we do not find. Listen to the river...
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Georgia Registered Professional Engineer (PE) practicing in Fire Protection Engineering Served as a Deputy with the Georgia State Fire Marshals Contractor - Code Consultant - Authority Having Jurisdiction - Expert Witness (Georgia Supreme Court)