Anyway, because she hasn't been feeling well, she's been laying around a bit more than normal. And, I didn't tell you this previously, but Ygraine is all but totally incontinent. Poor old girl. But because of this, and because she's been laying down a lot, her back end is really wet and messy. Which, I'm sure, contributes to her unhappiness.
Torn between not wanting to bother her, and really wanting to clean her up, I brought her in today for a bath. She looks like a new Ygraine.
|Hiding behind the toilet|
It's obvious to me that she's been bathed MANY times before. She was a show rabbit, so I know it must have been fairly often. She just stood in the bathtub and let me wash her--even her belly. I can't even imagine trying to do that with PJB--I think I'd lose a limb.
|Big, fluffy ears!|
I flipped her over and she said not a word in protest. I got her bottom nicely cleaned up, and when I was done washing her, I took her out, clipped off the really bad wool that wouldn't come clean, trimmed her nails, and blew her dry.
|She's the same color as the floor|
She was very patient throughout. She seemed much happier when the warm water ran on her, and she was fairly happy after we were done--she explored the house a little.
|And now; in front of the toilet. WOW!|
Her back end isn't working really well, though. I'm not sure if it's arthritis, or because her belly is so big (and I'm not sure why that is either, though I have a guess). It was clear to me when I saw her hop around, that it's not working as well as it was a month ago.
I'm still working on that, and I'll have to wait and see why it might be. In the meantime, though, I am pretty happy with how she's done since she got here. When she came, it was obvious she was pretty neglected. She was super skinny, her coat was a mess, and she had fur mites. Today, as I groomed her, I really paid attention to how she's done, and she's come along wonderfully. I knew I had been keeping on top of her coat, and I was pretty sure I'd gotten rid of the mites (I had). Her condition has come up a bit, too. She's still pretty skinny, but her spine is no longer sharp in her back. She's got a little coating on it now, and that makes me happy.
So she's a success story, in my book. Not to mention that she's a sweet and gentle girl who normally loves to be held and petted. I will have to wait and see what's up with the belly and her back end. I promise, when I find out, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I'm off to clean out carriers. Tomorrow is the Fiber Festival.