Learning From The Master Part II: Reviewing The Basics

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 taking position

While we settled in to watch, Mama 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.

Mama Cat watching

Mama Cat said that step one of her three part process is “watch”. She watched the bird and we watched her.

“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 Acts

Mama suddenly launched herself at the bird. Her speed was incredible!

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 sniffing the bird

Mama cat sniffed the bird and said that it smelled like 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 pouncing again

Mama did a quick review, ending with a power pounce bird nab.

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.

Thomas Out

Tomorrow- Learning From The Master Part III: Advanced Techniques

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23 responses to “Learning From The Master Part II: Reviewing The Basics

  1. she is a pawsome teacher – can’t wait to see you boys get in on the act!

  2. ena

    Mama cat is looking to be in better shape again. That is good to see.

  3. Mama is quite the teacher. Looks like she catches that nasty bird every time!

  4. Wow. She’s doing a great job. Can’t wait to see what else she has to teach you

  5. mistletoeandhitch

    It’s good to see Mama Cat feeling up to training you all. We’ve been worried that she might still be in mourning. We think her person who passed is able to rest easy because the Guardians of Otis have stepped in to the void left behind. While we know the Guardians would rather see Mama Cat safe and cared for indoors, we think they are banking some real good karma and we hope that if there is ever anyway we are able to assist, they’ll let us know. I’m sure I’m not the only followers that feels that way. Now that we’ve gotten the mushy stuff out of the way, we can’t wait to see what Mama Cat teaches you next. We’re going to pay attention to your lessons and hopefully pick up some pointers of our own!
    Mistletoe & Hitch

  6. emilykarn

    Pure poetry in motion. Bandit, Selleck, and Their Person, Emily.

  7. Mama Cat looks like she’s at least getting brushed regularly. Great action shots BTW!

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  9. Wow did not realise Mama has such a bushy tail 🙂

  10. Mama iz like lighnin all right!!! Mousiez she can move fast!!!
    N she kindalookz a bit cross eyed n cute too!
    Lub Nylablue n Mum xo

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