I had a great idea for
forcing getting Bugs to go into his crate. He was pestering me this morning, more than I was prepared to put up with. So I dropped to my hands and knees and started nipping his ass. Which was rapidly retreating, as he tried to get the heck away from this insane Bean.
Me As Sheltie
photo by Ron Armstrong
Bugs As Sheep
photo by Peter Shanks
Worked great. It was the only way he could get refuge. Not sure he enjoyed himself that much, but I sure did.
No real-time pictures of this, for obvious reasons.
What Our Lives Have Become
Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
I get my dogs into their kennels by tossing a treat in there. Julien was terrified of his crate at first. As an older pound dog when adopted by us, I have no idea what his history is with a kennel so treats seemed to be the solution since he LOVES food of any kind. Of course, we started by leaving the door open and letting him go in to get the treat then come back out again.
Glad you didn’t get kicked by your “sheep”! LOL!
@Marcy, we keep the crate open and on hand too. Doesn’t add much to the decor but that went out the window years ago so what the hay.
And @Dianda and Marcy, very true, Bugs is putty in my hands with treats. So much so, though, that he’d turn into a furry sausage-shaped bolster if I let him. So — biting in the ass seems like a viable other option. Plus it’s more fun to be had. By me, that is.
As long as Bugs doesn’t read your helpful suggestion, @Marcy, that he might try kicking. What a concept! Bunny-kicks to the face? Could up the conflict-stakes significantly!
Cover the crate with a nice looking shawl or small blanket or quilt. The cat might like the box even more, and it won’t look bad.
I see you are teaching Bugs that biting is a game for two…
Teeth For Two.
Treats do miracles. 🙂
Hahahah! I would have loved to see a video of that! Did you bark, too?
I was deadly silent.
And here I thought Herding Cats was impossible.
Where there’s a will . . . .
Loving this blog 🙂
Hah, no pictures for obvious reasons, but what I wouldn’t have given to be a fly on the wall. Come to think of it, no. I don’t want to be a fly on the wall in any house in which Bugs lives. I might become a tasty snack.
You ain’t just a-woofin’, Melanie (to coin a phrase). He chows on flies. It’s the most amazing thing to see how he can catch them. On the fly! He is a formidable hunter.