Learning From The Master Part IV: Some Trouble With Training

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here, taking over for Thomas. When we left off, Mama Cat had just chastised Brother Henry and me for wanting to fly before we learned how to walk. She then showed us a Flying Squirrel and told us it was time for us to practice. Thomas got ready by the door and the bird handler moved the bird toward him. He started by watching and anticipating.

Thomas trying to practice 1

Thomas tried to put what we had learned into practice. He watched and anticipated…

When it came time to act, Thomas ran into a problem. The wire door was in his way.

Thomas trying to practice 2

Thomas tried to act, but the wire door was in his way.

Brother Henry tried to help by moving over and saying, “Hey Thomas! Try grabbing it with your paw through the wire, and then pulling it in!” Thomas took the advice, and on the next pass of the bird, he snagged it with one claw.

Thomas trying to practice 3

Brother Henry told Thomas to try snagging the bird with his claw. He did.

When Thomas tried to pull the bird through the wire though, he had trouble getting it into his mouth. He was becoming visibly frustrated.

Thomas trying to practice 5

Thomas had difficulty pulling the bird through the wire. He was getting frustrated.

At this point I suggested that we all go inside to practice in the living room. Brother Henry said, “But Mama Cat won’t be able to critique us if she can’t see us!” Mama Cat replied, “True, Brother Henry, but you don’t have enough room in The Leader’s Outdoor Domain to properly try the techniques I have demonstrated. You all saw my demonstration, so you should be able to critique each other just fine.” We all thanked Mama Cat for her invaluable instruction, and then we headed off to the living room. The bird handler obediently followed.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

Tomorrow: Learning From The Master Part V: Practicing What We Have Learned

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6 responses to “Learning From The Master Part IV: Some Trouble With Training

  1. Too bad Mama Cat can’t come inside to critique. I notice her furs seem to look better, paw pats, Savannah

  2. When this happens to Priestess Jen, she always tries to chew the string apart so she can have the bird or fish and hide it.

  3. emilykarn

    Bravo Thomas, you looked cute and tough! Bandit, Selleck, and Their Person, Emily.

  4. You go Thomas! You look like you know what you’re doing, even if there’s not enough room for the big moves! Can’t wait to see all of you practicing!

  5. Too bad you have to move indoors to do your practicing. Maybe you could shoot some video for Mama Cat to critique.

  6. Well dun Brother Thomas!! Ya shure have guud form dere even wif da fence in yer way!!! So sayeth Nylablue 😉

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