With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect.
What’s the most amazing thing your pet has ever done? All of our current pets except Bootsie are pretty athletic. Some of their exploits we have proof of, while the others you’re just going to have to take my word for.
Barnaby at the 2011 TDAA Petit Prix
“He’s like a goat.” That’s how my husband described Barnaby from his youngest days. Because of how Barnaby loved to climb, my husband decided to try him out at age four with agility. The two took classes where Barnaby learned to jump, tunnel, weave, and more. “There’s no way we’ll compete.” One title and dozens of ribbons later, the two have become pretty comfortable at going to shows. At age twelve, Barnaby has stopped being one of the fastest dogs on the field. But that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying the sport. In fact, he’s just two qualifications away from a second title.
“Let’s train them and show them off.” That’s what a friend of mine said this past year about Cinder and Rainy. Thanks to seeing Andy and Barnaby train for agility, I started practicing doing tricks with Cinder and later Rainy shortly after they came into our lives. The two can sit, jump, come, stay, twirl, and tunnel. We’ve working on weave. Initially, I just had them do each activity separately, but of late I’ve been teaching them to do an entire course. The two love the attention, and let’s be honest, the food.
“How did she get up there?” It’s no secret cats can jump and ours are no exception. There’s not a table or counter or shelf our cats haven’t jumped onto, but four feet still strikes me as pretty high. At least, I’m assuming the cats jump from the table onto the cabinet. (If they’re jumping straight from the floor that would actually be six feet!) At any rate, none of cats except Rainy as ever repeated the feat, and so that says something about their perspective on the matter. As for Rainy, she seems to have made it her mission in life to jump to the top of our cabinets and knock off my plush toys on a daily basis. She’s so stealthy about it, the only photo I have yet is of Cinder.
What I find just as amazing is how Cinder and Rainy will jump to play. At the most energetic moments, the two will spring about four feet straight up into the air. Almost as incredible is how the two will jump for food. As soon I head to their feeding area with a dish, the two will take off. If a dog or another cat is in the way, they simply fly over that hurdle like a horse on an obstacle course. Sadly, I lack any proof.
If you’ve never stopped to watch your pets in action, I encourage you to take that time. They can be a lot of fun to observe!
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