Hi everyone! This is Mollie the chinchilla.
So, as you no doubt know by now, it turns out the human caretakers were planning on getting a dog.
It's a rather small white one called Lilie. When she got here she wasn't much bigger than me and my chinchilla sister, Maizie, but that was a few weeks ago, and she's grown some since. I hope she's not going to get too big, since we like her being small and unable to reach our cage (the stand it's on is too high for her right now, and we'd like it to stay that way).
Not that I'm too worried. At least, not as much as I was before she got here. After all, it also turns out my degu brother, Joshua, was right we had nothing to worry about.
Most of the time, the little white Lilie dog - who Joshua says is the smallest dog he's ever seen - has little to no interest in us. She did try yelling to us to come down and play with her at one point, but we just turned our backs on her, the human caretakers told her to leave us alone, and she got bored and went to play with something else. She's also usually interested when the human caretakers are feeding us, but she seems more interested in our food tub than in us. The first time we saw this, Maizie and I were worried the human caretakers would let her eat our food. But they didn't. They told her it was, "Not for dogs," and pushed her nose away from the tub. We were quite relieved about that, since we love our nibbles, and would hate to run out because someone else ate them all. She keeps trying, but she's never managed to steal any. We're crossing our paws things stay that way. Besides, why should she get to eat our nibbles when we don't get to share hers? The same goes for our toys in our playpen. That's much more at her level, and she keeps trying to get the human caretakers to let her go in there and play with our toys. Thankfully, they aren't letting her though. The human caretakers told the Lilie dog that the playpen - and everything in it - are just for us chinchillas, and that we'd be upset if she went in there and chewed our stuff. Too right we would! It's for us to chew, not her; we don't want doggy drool all over our stuff, thanks!
The only bad thing she's done when it comes to us is to chew the mat that was under where our cage is. The human caretakers call it a "messy mat" - I suppose because it gets messy from the stuff we throw out of our cage. Anyway, the one under Joshua is a different style of mat, and the Lilie dog doesn't chew on it (though she did pee on it once). She just kept chewing and chewing on ours though. The humans had been considering replacing ours with one like Joshua's - something about his mat being of a type that's easier to clean - so I guess it's not too big of a problem that she did it. Still, we weren't too happy when she was doing it, and were glad to see the human caretakers trying to make her stop. They even put something called "pepper" on it, which made us all sneeze, but stopped her for a while. It didn't work for long though, so they had to keep doing it. We didn't like that. The human caretakers have now got us a mat like Joshua's one, so hopefully she'll leave it alone, and we won't have to deal with the sneezy pepper stuff any more.
The human caretakers are well trained when it comes to this kind of thing, I guess, since they're really good about not risking leaving her alone in the room with us, and being right there to keep her away if she changes her mind about ignoring us, especially when we're in our playpen. We're really glad about that, because it helps us to relax knowing the human caretakers are there to protect us if we need them.
Joshua likes to throw things out of his cage from time to time for her to chase. Personally though, I'm still not entirely sure what I think of her. The same goes for Maizie. Maizie and I are hoping her lack of interest in us continues. If it does, we might decide we like her. If not... Well, we'll just have to wait and see. For now though, we're just glad the human caretakers make sure to be nearby... Just in case.