couple weeks ago, I wrote that while walking down
path to JiangHu, Tinkerbell quietly mouthed open
fishing line clasp that connected it to the
joint. I only knew of it when Joy noticed it
told me. I quietly connected it back not wanting
make an issue of it with Tinkerbell hoping my
attitude may fooled her.
picture of that arrangement below
that, she managed to get one of the two chest
out of that clip before a few times, but as the
loop was still attached, I reckoned she was
safely tethered to me.
she was not fooled one moment over that and
again, cold reality intruded into my wishful
bid her time and a few days ago during my evening
with her to that school, she decided to amuse
at my expense. After clipping the tether to
harness swivel joint in the apartment, she waited
we got out of the apartment. She squawked to
me and bend her head down to pull the chest
up and hold with her claws. Her beak closed
that clip and she got it out of that swivel
faster than I could get it on. She dropped that
and tether and clad only in her harness, she
to me and bobbed her head and body in victory
felt this distinct chill coming on me once more. I
hooked my finger into the chest loops in case
did a victory flight as well and decided no
procrastinations to fixing up that. I did
in my notes to you that ‘The harness must remain
until you decide to take it off? Needless to say,
tether must remain on that harness as well too.
found a place to sit and got her off my shoulder so
can do what I should have done yesterday. Using
spare lines on that chest loops, I made sure she
secured to me.
clipped that tether line clip back on. I knew she
be proud of what she had done and thought she
show me how smart she was. And so she did.
humans had to squeeze the side of the clip to get
space to clip it on. Not an easy task as any of
fisherman will know.
used her jaw and claw to get those clips
range. She then delicately bite on the clip and
her lower jaw between the metal just as she
shelling sunflower seeds. The clip opened so
she then tilted her head to get the swivel
into that opening and used her tongue to wriggle
out. Followed by yet again more victory bobbing
clip that back on and she angled her head so I could
a very good look at what she did. I swear I
her gloating over me. I did not know whether to
or to cry.
have asked me to market fid harness. I just
not when it is still experimental and I am still
to remain a step ahead of Tink.
of just looping the chest loops through that
I looped each loop twice again in that upper
That way, she really got to work hard to get
loops away. In addition the presence of those
coils of loop in the clip meant the swivel
will be forced to the narrow end of the clip
long tether line was secured to the clip with
turn and two half hitches. But now after
it on to the swivel join and forcing the
to the narrow end of the clip, I wrapped the
around the clip a few times and inserted the line
the clip. In effect, I braided that tether
into the clip so the mouth of the clip will be
jammed with line for either the line to come out
the swivel joint worked down to that opening.
last three evenings, Tinkerbell showed her extreme
by reluctantly coming to me on her recall
when we go out with her harnessed. She rather
her time in trying to puzzle out my new
on the line.
I guess it is working for now. But I don’t know
I am so paranoid as to check that tether lease
everytime she flew to me.
- wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter