Disciples of The Leader Otis,
Brother Henry here.
After Brother Oliver shared his technique for getting the Guardians to fill up our snack bowl, Sir Thomas asked if the same technique could be used for getting the Guardians to give him chicken treats. When Brother Oliver said that it could, Thomas asked if he would coach him in the proper way to perform the technique. Brother Oliver said that he would, and then the two of them set off to find one of the Guardians.
They found the bigger Guardian sitting on the couch in the living room. Brother Oliver took up position in a nearby bed and he told Sir Thomas to go ahead an try the technique. Sir Thomas jumped up on a bench at the end of the couch, peeked over the arm, and began giving the Guardian kissy eyes.
When Brother Oliver saw what Thomas was doing he said, “Wait! What are you doing? Are you giving… Kitty Kissy Eyes?” Sir Thomas turned and looked at Brother Oliver and said, “Yes. I am trying your technique. I am trying to get the Guardian to give me a treat.”
Visibly annoyed, Brother Oliver said, “Thomas, when you give Kitty Kissy Eyes, you are being very kind and polite. It’s like you’re asking for a treat. My technique is not about asking, it’s about telling. You need to look at the Guardian and tell him he will give you a treat or there will be consequences. None of this asking nonsense. Now let’s try it again…” Sir Thomas looked back at the Guardian and tried to give him an intense look.
As Sir Thomas stared at the Guardian, Brother Oliver said, “That’s pretty good, Sir Thomas, but can you give me a little more intensity?” Sir Thomas tried to do so.
At this point the Guardian turned and looked at Thomas. He said, “Thomas, you’re so cute…” Brother Oliver said, “Uh-oh, you’ve slipped into the cute zone, Sir Thomas. That look’s just not working for you. We need to regroup. First, I think you need to get closer. Try walking right up to the guardian and sitting at his feet.” Sir Thomas did as he was instructed. he jumped down and walked around to the front of the couch. Sitting down, he called back over his shoulder to Brother Oliver and said, “How about right here?”
Brother Oliver looked over and said, “I think that should work. Now we just need to make sure you use a little more intensity. Alright why don’t you…” Sir Thomas interrupted Brother Oliver saying, “Do not worry, Brother Oliver, I think I got this…” He then curled up his lip and hit the Guardian with his most intense look yet.”
I watched as the Guardian’s eyes turned down toward Thomas. They locked gazes for a full five seconds, and then the Guardian reached behind the couch cushion and pulled out the bag of freeze-dried chicken treats. Thomas had done it!
As Sir Thomas accepted his hard won reward, Brother Oliver said, “Well done, young knight! You have now mastered the Cateye Mind Trick! Now, would you mind sharing some of that chicken with your mentor?” At that point Thomas turned to Brother Oliver, waved one paw in front of his face, and said, “This is not the chicken you are looking for…” to which Brother Oliver replied, “I see I have taught you a little too well…”, and then they both started laughing their heads off.
So Says Brother Henry