March 20th 2012 11:35 pm
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On the whole my mum is pretty well trained. She remembers to give us our food, fresh water in our bowl and unprompted many strokes and cuddles and games. But there is room for improvement. For example, sometimes I have to ask for playtime. And sometimes I'll be on the arm of the sofa enjoying some caresses and general admiration when her concentration will drift back to her book, the hand vanishes to turn a page and I am left.
Lately I have taken to tapping mum gently on the cheek when she does that. Claws in of course - it's a reminder, not a rebuke. And it works.
Josie had been watching the success of this ploy and taking note.
Last night I was asleep by mum's legs and mum was asleep and Josie went for a snuggle under the duvet nestled with my mum. She made herself comfy and waited for her headrubs but none came fast enough so out with the paw - smack - on mum's cheek.
I heard mum say, "OoooH" and then "Josie - that's not like you" and I heard Josie purr because she was getting all that lovely attention. Mum says she had been mostly asleep so wasn't too happy to be twacked like that. Josie says it's my fault but I don't tap hard, just gingerly, but Josie went for it full ginger!! So today Josie is the naughty one and I am good boy!
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Well, that's one way to be good - find someone naughtier than you!
Toby I'll let you in on secret that I've learnt over my almost 14 years on this earth. Our humans are never fully trained they always lack in something. Mind you you're mum seems pretty well trained and it good to have someone else in the house that's naughtier that you. That's very unlike Josie though.