Today I loaded Little Love in the trailer with the help of Becky's husband. I asked him to come and help because I wanted someone to shut all the doors while Little Love and I stayed inside. As usual, she went inside without a problem. When I closed the back, she didn't even lift her head to look at the ramp (!). I hopped in, closed the bar in front of Lilo's chest and asked Becky's husband to lift up the front ramp. Little Love had her grain to eat, but when the ramp went up, she stopped chewing and the whites of her eyes showed up. For a moment she just stood there, looking out from the opening above the ramp. Then she started eating again. I asked Becky's husband to close the upper panel as well, and he did. I counted to 15 and then Becky's husband opened the front for us. Short and sweet, just the way we like it!
After the front was open again, I left Little Love in the trailer for a little longer. I walked in and out and even around the trailer so I was out of sight. She no longer had any food to eat, but she stood patiently and waited. I popped in to gave her a piece of banana, then disappered again, just to show up with another banana. She stayed calm and quiet and curious. It was only about 3 minutes, but it is the longest time she has ever been in a trailer (as far as I know) without pitching a fit. Excellent. I think we are getting closer to actually moving the trailer. That will be a big step and I have to think how I want to approach it without completely overwhelming Little Love and pushing her into her panic zone. The trailer makes a ton of noise when you are driving (or rather, pulling) it and I'm sure this is partly what freaks her out. Or it's sort of the last straw in an already scary situation. Becky is willing to put Col in there with her, which is not a bad idea since he is really calm in the trailer. On the other hand, perhaps she needs to learn to be alone right off the bat, since in a few weeks she will have to take a few hour ride alone to the Swiss border.