Thomas’s Tabby Tower Training: Part IV

My Disciples,

When we left off yesterday, Thomas had bolted to the top of the Tabby Tower, and Brother Henry was about to join him to give him training on how to properly sit guard duty. The training got off to a bumpy start. As Brother Henry climbed the tower and prepared to jump up onto the forward observation post, Thomas bopped him in the head.

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As Brother Henry prepared to jump up onto the forward observation platform, Thomas bopped him in the head.

Brother Henry said, “Thomas! What did you do that for!?” Thomas replied, “Ummm…. I thought I was supposed to defend my observation platform from the mongrel horde…” Brother Henry said, “We’re not on that lesson any more Junior Agent T, and I am NOT a member of the mongrel horde.” Thomas apologized profusely and Brother Henry took his place on the forward observation post.

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Thomas apologized for bopping Brother Henry’s head. Brother Henry took his position on the observation post.

After sitting for a few minutes, Thomas turned to Brother Henry and said, “Sooooo… we just…. watch?” Brother Henry replied, “Yes, Junior Agent T, we just watch. As long as we are on watch, the Long-feared Dog Uprising is very unlikely to start. You see, the dogs are watching us, and if they know we are watching for them they will think twice about attacking!” Thomas looked at Brother Henry for a moment and then said, “Hmmmm… but what if like, a dog, was up here on this post where I am, and he was all ‘I’m gonna reach over and grab this big cat’ and, you know, maybe the dog is really long or something and…'” Brother Henry interrupted saying, “What the heck are you talking about?”

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Thomas started asking weird questions. Brother Henry was confused.

Thomas continued, “… no, I’m just sayin’ like if there was a long, skinny dog up here, and you didn’t realize it right away, and he reaches over and puts his paw right here….” Thomas put his paw on Brother Henry. Brother Henry did not look amused.

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Thomas continued to act weird. He put his paw on Brother Henry who did not look amused.

Brother Henry said, “Thomas…” Thomas answered, “Yes, Senior Agent H?” Brother Henry continued, “… please take your paw off of me.” Thomas said, “Yes sir.”, and removed his paw. He left it hanging out there in the air though, as if he was not sure what to do with it.

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Brother Henry asked Thomas to take his paw off him. Thomas complied.

Without even looking at him, Brother Henry said, “Thomas. I need to ask you a question. Can you promise to answer me honestly?” Thomas said that he promised. Brother Henry said, “This dog that you’re pretending has made it up to the top of the tower… is he… a wiener dog?” Thomas paused for a moment, as if he was considering how to respond.

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Brother Henry asked Thomas if he was pretending that a wiener dog had made it to the top of the tower.

A full minute passed before Thomas replied, “Ummmm… well, no. It’s not a wiener dog… It’s…ummm… it’s a Corgi…” Brother Henry said, “Thomas, I think we’re done here.”, to which Thomas replied, “Yes sir.”, and then Brother Henry jumped down from the tower and headed off to patrol anywhere but the living room. After Brother Henry left, I heard Thomas talking to himself. I thought I heard him say something like, “Secret Agent T works best alone…”, but that didn’t make any sense to Me. I must have heard it wrong.

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15 responses to “Thomas’s Tabby Tower Training: Part IV

  1. 2 cats

    oh my gosh look how fluffy Thomas’s belly is!

  2. Love these photos of Thomas. His True Spirit is shining through! And Brother Henry is looking as chiseled as ever.

  3. mistletoeandhitch

    Thomas is correct, Corgis are fairly long and come in two varieties. Both the Corgi and the Dachshund have very short legs which would make reaching over to place a paw on Senior Agent H very difficult, assuming
    they could reach the top of Tabby Tower. Shepards, Retrievers and Schnauzers would all be more likely to be good climbers but only the Schauzers, which come in miniature, seem to be the best bet for getting to the top of Tabby Tower. We would suggest keeping a ball, tennis balls seem to work best but any that size will do, at the top of Tabby Tower. Then if you need to make a quick escape from the top sentry positions you simply fire the ball in the opposit direction you wish to go. The words, “See the ball!?! Com’ on, get it boy!” seem to increase the ball’s effectiveness as a diversion but is not required in order to safely complete the maneuver.

    We are enjoying watching Junior Agent T’s training. It brings back memories of being stationed at the ops center where dogs were taught to withstand intense interrogation and to modify their appearanc in order to fool humans as to their real motives. Remember, the tiniest Poodles with bows on their ears and polish on their nails are the highest ranking Officers. They normally travel with a human aide who sees to their every need and holds them high enough to see the on-going battle. But, I apologize, tales of a bygone era aren’t of interest to you youngsters with your newer methods. So…. Let me thank you all for your service and please, keep up the good work!
    Purrs,
    Mistletoe and Hitch
    RWB

    • No, no M and H! I think we can learn a lot from you veterans. That ball diversion tactic sounds highly effective. The only problem I foresee is that Brother Oliver might run after the ball too. He is quite the little retriever himself! πŸ™‚

  4. He he, goofy Thomas! I was just thinking about weiner dogs today while going through old copies of kid’s classics at work. Didn’t there used to be a book about a weiner dog who was so long he could twist himself into a pretzel? Everybody thought he was some sort of freak until . . . well, I won’t spoil it for you. I need to find that book!

  5. Thomas, I mean, Junior Agent T is young, he is a playful guy, isn’t he? I think weiner dogs are his excuse to play! Maybe. But hey, play is good, keeps him in shape right? Then he’ll be ready and in fighting form if the dogs ever do decide to rise up!

  6. Thomas looks so happy playing on the Tabby Tower. πŸ™‚

  7. spittythekitty

    I think Brother Henry is a little over-sensitive. I mean–C’mon! Junior Agent T was barely touching him! Methinks Brother Henry had best grow a thicker skin. Or fur. Or something.

    I’m going to take a nappy now.

    • I think Brother Henry just really likes his agents to work by the numbers. He gets a little annoyed when their minds seem to be focused on something other than their duties… like wiener dogs…

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