Opening Doors

The door to my Rick's room

I hate doors. Not just specific doors, although there are specific doors that I hate. For instance, I hate the door to my Rick’s room. That is a door I especially hate. But I hate the whole idea of doors. The bad thing about doors is that they can close. And when doors close, that is to keep me from going someplace that I want to go. For instance, in the above photo, I want to go into my Rick’s room. I’m not sure he is in there but if he is, I want to be in there too! And that door keeps me from even knowing!

A gate is a kind of door

A gate is a special kind of door that is especially annoying. For one thing, a gate is always closed and locked unless you have your harnesses on. ¬†There is never free passage through a gate no matter how much you want to go to someplace on the other side. The place I want to go is Capybara Creek. There are many other places on the other side of that gate where I do not want to go, places I have to get in Melly’s car to get to. For instance, the vet. I would just as soon the gate stay closed when Melly wants to take me to those places. But when I want to go to the creek, why is this gate closed?

A door at Coral & Flopsy's apartment

This is a door at Coral and Flopsy’s place. That door is always open, as far as I know. But it goes between two rooms where I do not want to be. Does it matter which room I am in? No! They are both bad places where I am scared. Even Flopsy looks scared and he lives there.

What to do?

This photo was taken last winter. As you can see, the door to the outside is open but I haven’t gone through it. Surprisingly, sometimes I want to go through a door and other times I don’t! In this case, it was cold outside. I liked the gentle breeze wafting past me as the outside air came in to cool the house, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go all the way out in it. Seems hard to imagine, but it used to be cold outside! Melly says that will happen again but I doubt it.

Lately I have learned an amazing thing about doors–at least some doors. I can open some of them by myself! Still not the door to my Rick’s room or the gate, which is disappointing, but I can now open the front door and the back door!

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Video of me opening doors

As you can see from the video, I am quite adept at it! I mostly come and go as I please now. Not that I’m bragging or anything, but that is a pretty neat trick. I am working on figuring out how to open the gate and I’ll let you know how that goes.

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Video of Dobby opening a door

I have to admit that I am not the only capybara who can open doors, Dobby can do it too. And he even has his own doorknob. I don’t think Melly will ever get me my own doorknob. Maybe for my birthday but that’s a long time from now.

12 comments to Opening Doors

  • Good job Gari…I hate to tell you but Mickki can open a chain link gate with her nose but her mom fooled her now has a lock on is a clip lock and she has not mastered it yet. She is working on it but the lock is inside the hole in the latch. She chews on it but with no success so far.I am sure she will learn. You keep working on it and you will get it gone.

  • Chanda bellick

    Gari I am so impressed with you and Dobbye. Wow you guys are amazing what you can learn to do.
    Oh I love the part of the video where u wiggle your cute ears :).

  • francine

    You look so sleek and filled out! Handsome AND smart!

  • Malkah

    Gari! You are so talented! And also very handsome. I love the noises you make when you are happy. I will watch the video again because I like it so very much. Thank you for sharing your Very Good Skills.

  • Gari, if you start eating the door a little bit every time you walk through, you will get your own doorknob. I have a gate in the front that I’m working on. I have chewed it a little bit, but it’s easier to just surprise someone by barging through as they walk through it!

  • Laurie Coppola

    Aw, both of you are so talented! Gari, I hope you earn a doorknob of your own! It was nice seeing Dobbye out in the snow. The right kind of snow is fun.

  • Danielle O'Sullivan

    Great job, Gari! Very cute. Man, that sure does look cold in the winter time for Dobby. Good thing he’s so good at opening that door.

  • Laura McClure

    Gari! You are so smart! Did you figure out how to open the door all by yourself, or did Melly help you learn? I am so impressed with how smart you are! You are an excellent ambassador for rodents everywhere–I would go so far as to say you are the rodent Secretary of State!

  • Trudy Koch

    Gari, you need to get a knob like Dobby has so you wont have that door all chewed up. I think that one of those thick ropes with a knott tied to one end and the other tied to the handle would work well too. Your such a smart boy.

  • Lori

    That is such a cute picture (He must love Rick very much)

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    My sweet Gari, My door is always open for you!

  • b salapek

    Nice work! I bet it’s a big job keeping u in and/or out of places!

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