The new beaver-girl’s name is Matilda.
I found a source on the internet for female German names and their meanings. I chose the name Matilda for a few reasons.
The meaning is Battle maiden. Surely this girl has fought through many battles in the year or so she’s been alive.
She just LOOKS likes a Matilda.
And finally, my mom used to call me Matilda once in awhile when I was a kid. I have no idea why.
She and I have made great strides together since she’s been here. Many long tick removal treatments and baths. She has been amazingly sweet and patient through all of it. Never once has she made an aggressive or defensive move toward me.
She is now eating almost non stop! Once her appetite kicked in she ate until she was so full she couldn’t swallow any more and her mouth was stuffed with leaves and apple pieces and I actually had to take them out of her mouth so she wouldn’t choke. And she LET me!
I believe I have gotten almost all of the ticks off her. Every once in awhile I’ll find some new ones that must have been to small for me to feel sooner.
I’m spoiling her as much as I can.