As you all have read in exhausting detail, Alvin doesn't do well with change. He is getting far better at accepting change and just last night my mom was commenting on how much less he circles in response to a change in his environment. On the whole, his circling has reduced by about 80%.
With the heat and the need to pull out all the electrical fans from the garage, Alvin is now facing a new challenge. Before he came to me I was warned by his former foster mom that he had chewed on two cords, both being expensive computer cords. I made certain that there were no cords in sight before he came. Alvin hasn't tried to chew anything since being here. So, I pulled out the fans and there was a cord on the ground that was blocking the route he would take to get to me when I am sitting on the couch. I use the term, blocking because it might as well as been a brick wall based on Alvin's reaction to it. He refused to cross over the cord and it didn't matter how many times I called him, he just couldn't muster up the courage to walk over it. There are times when I don't even venture a guess as to why, and this would be one of them. It's just part of what makes Alvin a very memorable little boy!
Below is a video taken of Alvin at his former foster home when he chewed up his foster mom's quilt. Make sure and watch to the very end because the last five seconds are priceless! I find it cute because Alvin hasn't tried to chew anything of mine, heck, he can barely chew his food half the time.