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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kia's House of Horrors Advice Bleg

OK this is going to sound funny but if you were here maybe you wouldn't think it was so funy. About a week ago I got a new cell phone, and it is much louder than my previous cell phone. I have to hold it away from my ear. Also it has this really annoying alert that goes off when someone has left a message.

The phone is keeping Sweetie in a state of terror. When it rings she trembles violently and tries to hide--under my desk or behind the pillows on the bed. She dislikes the message alert, of course, and has quickly learned to associate it with me talking on the phone. So even if I make the call, the mere fact that I am on the phone means for her impending terror. Also possibly she hears the squeaking of the other party's voice and may be frightened of that too. What she'd really like to under this onslaught is bolt from the vicinity. That cannot happen of course, as we are in our nice secure apartment. But I can see the effects already spreading throughout her "lifestyle" if you will. She is starting to dislike being in the apartment, is reluctant to come inside when we get home from a walk, if I make a move toward the door she is there before me, and if I go outside for a few minutes she greets me on my return as if I just rescued her from a shipwreck. Yesterday she tried to claw her way out through the screen in the window, and somehow managed to scrape some skin off the side of her nose. And then of course aside from these more sensational manifestations she is miserable, not her usual high-spirited self.



At 5:40 PM, Blogger buckner said...

At the risk of asking a really dumb question---doesn't it have volume control? Also, you can download different ring tones. A nice Chopin melody perhaps?

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Kia said...

I think the moment when that would have been the remedy has passed, before I realized how bad it was. I will make those adjustments but she is just gone completely mental about it and has less tolerance than a week ago. Now she is afraid of the furnace and the dishwasher and the oven too.

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kia, your earlier post about how singing a certain song is calming might be something that would help; this link suggests certain calming music, too:


At 2:36 AM, Anonymous caroline said...

She is probably ruined. No hope. You need to take her wherever you go from now on. And do change that ring tone.

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Curline said...

Now my dogs are all weird because it rained all day and they had nothing to do but hang out and watch me cry. The little bitch Tippi starts humping her cushy bed, then jumps for Jose's chewy and he leaps off my lap and goes for her jugular. It was terribly frightening. I thought he was going to kill her. They're both usually so sweet, but times is troubling. Maybe I should change my ringtone. Or something.

The word I must verify to post this comment is "uncorid"..It feels like it means something, but what? As I say, times is troubling.

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