People and fur people who like The Leader Otis,
It’s Thomas. When we left off yesterday, The Brothers and I had just found out that it was Mama Cat that summoned us to the Outdoor Domain. She wanted to run us through some catlympic training exercises. After The Brothers and I finished jumping around and yowling with happiness, we settled in to watch. I sat on the step so I would have a front row seat, while The Brothers sat up higher for a crunchy bird’s-eye view. Mama strutted over and got into position.
Mama crouched down and said, “Now I know you’ve heard this a hundred times before, from both me and Leader Otis, but it bears repeating. The key to being a successful catlympian is following three simple steps. The first step is ‘watch’. Keep your eyes on the simulated bird at all times.” The Guardian that was acting as the bird handler waved the bird back and forth. Mama Cat crouched down and really focused on it.
“OK…”, Mama continued, “… now that we are focused on the bird, we can anticipate its movements. First watch, then anticipate. Once you can see clearly where the bird is going, only then should you act. LIKE THIS!” As Mama finished her sentence, she suddenly launched herself forward in a blur of motion. I was shocked by the speed of the move.
Mama scored a direct hit, pinning the bird to the ground beneath her paw. She then delicately hooked one claw around the string attached to the bird and raised the bird up to her nose. She sniffed deeply and said, “Do you smell that? That’s the smell of victory…”
Mama cat let go of the bird, and the bird handler started to drag it slowly away through the grass. Mama said, “OK. Quick review. Watch, anticipate, ACT!” As she shouted “ACT”, she pounced again and nabbed the bird before it could escape.
Mama Cat said, “So there’s your review of the basics. Everyone feel comfortable with those?” We all agreed that we did feel comfortable with what we had just seen. Mama Cat continued, “OK then. Now let’s take those basics and apply them to more advanced cathletic moves. Are you ready?” All three of our heads nodded excitedly in unison.
Tomorrow- Learning From The Master Part III: Advanced Techniques