Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. That’s right, I’s here fur this weeks Service Cat Monday cuz it’s mostly ‘bout me. Let me get that business stuffs outta the way and we’ll get right to it. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur translator and reader ease. Our Trainin’ posts aren’t meant to be a step by step training manual but rather, Tips/Tricks/Techniques that mommy has used/developed throughout her many years of training animals, cats in purrticular. Training is all about Repetition and Rewards and takes time. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease leave them in the comments section or send us an email. Ifin askin’ about behavioral issues, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clicking the links below.
It’s been a while since we’ve written about my training efforts, and we’ve gotten a few questions lately asking how my driving is going. So, we thought we’d take today to talk a bit about it. But, keep those questions coming, we’re really enjoying the topics ya’ll are throwing at us. The last time we posted about my driving lessons, I was doing pretty good, but not yet driving too far. You can read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 by clicking the links below titled, Raena and the Wheelchair. Of course mommy’s continued to train me even tho’ we’ve not written any posts about it. Remember, Training is all about Repetition and Rewards. And remember, we can’t stress enough, Training doesn’t take a day off.
Here’s our question for today. “What do you do when you’re training a kitty to use a piece of equipment, and that equipment breaks?” Yep, mommy’s wheelchair broke. Seems a motor is out and the chair will do nothing more than go around and around in circles. I certainly can’t drive that. Mommy can’t even drive it, so what’s she supposed to do? Thankfully, because mommy and me didn’t take a day off, I’s can drive the wheelchair quite well now. Anyways, the first thing one must do is get a replacement or repair as soon as possible. But, anyone who has ever worked with Medicare knows that soon takes on a whole new meaning.
Mommy called a repairman as soon as the chair broke. He’s a new one to us, but looks like he’s going to be a good one. He came out the very next day to check it out. Mommy’s current chair has been a piece of junk since the day she got it, and he explained it’s because the chair’s about the cheapest one on the market. After looking it over and getting some information from it, he informed mommy that Medicare won’t pay to repair it, so we have to go through the channels and get a new one. So, we have an appointment today with mommy’s doctor for the evaluation to get the paperwork started.
In the meantime, mommy will continue to work with me on things like turning the chair on and off and sitting and standing properly when driving. Even though the chair doesn’t move, I will continue to learn to bite the joystick and hold. It’ll go something like this: Mommy and me will sit in the wheelchair and I’ll position myself on her right leg next to the joystick. Mommy will say, “On”, and I will stand with my front paws on the arm of the chair and push the power button. I might just press the horn too. Ya’ know, just for good measure. And then mommy will say, “Let’s go”, and I’ll bite down on the joystick and push it forward. We won’t be going anywhere, because mommy will have slipped her hand up and turned the chair off. After about a minute, mommy will slip her hand back up to that power button and turn the chair back on, and then say to me, “Off”. And, naturally, I will put my paw back on that power button and turn the chair off. We’ll repeat this scenario for about 15 minutes once a day. Of course, I will get lots of extra love after each step and at the end of the Training session.
It is a bit confusing to me that we’re not actually moving, but, these initial steps are more important than the actual driving. And, as long as mommy’s happy, I feel good about it and want to continue to please mommy each and every time. And hopefully, we’ll have a new chair sooner than later. So, even if the piece of equipment is broken, there are Training steps you can continue with. Always remember, Training is ongoing for life.
We can’t have a Service Cat posty without a foto of sis Dezi too.
Well, I’s gonna call it a wrap for today so we can get ready to go. I’s gotta help mommy find the raincoat fur mine’s stroller since it’s stormin’ outside. ‘Member to leave your questions or topics in the comments section. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, just click the links below to get caught up.
Till the next time…………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty Internal Disputes
The Rest of the Story Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling For Help Options Pt. 1
Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3
MeOW Everypawdy, it’s me, Deztinee. Me’s furinally thru with Cat Scouts Summer Camp, and just in time too.
Sure ‘nuff sissy. Mommy might’a killed me this meownin’ ifin not fur you.
Now Raena, you know mommy wouldn’t hurt you, and fur sure she wouldn’t kill ya’.
Well you sure didn’t sound so sure of that this meownin’ when you were mewin’ that squeaky mew with me while mommy had me shoved in the bathroom sink.
Well Raena, me knew mommy wouldn’t purr-pussly hurt you, but you sure were upset. Me just wanted to make sure you knew that me was on your side. Me doesn’t enjoy bloomer cleanin’ either, but sometimes it’s gotta be done. And better mommy with a nice soft wash cloth than our tongues. Since we started eatin’ the fureeze dried raw foods there’s not been much bloomer cleanin’ needed. But, mommy’s always at the ready just in case. And fank the cats she is, cuz you fur sure stunk. Just an FYI, in the future ifin that happens, you shouldn’t scoot on the floor. That just gets stinky everywhere and takes longer to clean up.
Well sissy, I’s was just tryin’ to get it off. I’s knew it stank, and I’s fur sure wasn’t cleanin’ that mess mine’s self. As much as I’s didn’t enjoy the clean up, we are very blest to have a mommy that cares so much ‘bout us. Anyways, enuff ‘bout that. We wanna hear all ‘bout summer camp.
Oh yeah, summer camp. Well Raena, this is the longest event we’ve ever had at Cat Scouts. We started out at Cat Scouts headquarters and took a bus to Yosemite. We had to purrove ourselves worthy to even go, by tyin’ a bow line knot and havin’ our pawrents sign a purrmission slip. Me took me’s guitar along so we could have some sing alongs ‘round the campfire at night. Our furst day there was mostly spent settin’ up camp. We had a snipe hunt that night fur all the new scouts and just hung ‘round the campfire.
This is a really nice bus.
On the second day, we hiked up somethin’ called Half Dome. It was quite the adventure, but we all made it to the top. and the view from up there was amazin’.
The next day, we got instructions fur our furst craft purroject, makin’ a garrison cap. Fank the cats, mommy had taught me to sew. Me had a pair of mommy’s khaki pants to cut up and make me’s cap out of. And mommy had saved a ribbon that came tied to one of our Christmas purresents that me used fur the pipin’. To get credit fur our cap, we had to actually wear it. Me has a large round Ragdoll head, so me’s cap was a little small and me had to have help keepin’ it on me’s head. But me wore it long enuff to get the credit.
The next day we had swimmin’ lessons and a cheerleadin’ competition. Since we spend so much time in the water helpin’ mommy with her showers, me did great with the lake swimmin’.
And then on Wednesday, we had a second craft purroject. Me made mommy an infinity scarf out of a t-shirt and some tie dye paints. Mommy never was one fur t-shirts, so me had no ‘sperience with that tie dyin’ stuffs, but me tried anyways. Like mommy, me’s talents lie elsewhere. Me’s not very crafty. Anyways, we then went on a nature hike to take in some bird watchin’.
The next day was spent mostly workin’ on our craft purrojects. That night we had a s’mores competition ‘round the campfire. And me pulled out the guitar fur some campfire singin’. The next day we gathered fur a poetry workshop and we all had to write 3 poems. That night we had the Knowledge bowl. Me’s patrol won last year, but this year we purrticipated as individuals ‘stead of patrols. And then, Den Master announced the inductees fur the Order of the Arrowhead. Me was passed over fur the fourth time in a row. At that point, me wanted to come home. But mommy reminded me, that we’re not quitters, so me stuck ‘round fur the end of camp and the purrmotion ceremony. Lots of scouts were purrmoted up in rank. So, all in all, camp was fun. Me’s very blest to have a mommy who luvs me enuff to help me enjoy these grand adventures. Virtually of course. Mommy would never let me actually go away fur a week…not even a day.
You’re so right sissy. We are blest to have such a luvvin’ mommy. Glad you had a good time at camp, but I’s also glad it’s over. We’re also blest to have such pawsum furiends. Cat Scouts is a small community made up of kitties whose peeps adore them. I’s also have some other great news sissy. As you know, we were innerviewed by All About Cats and added to their list of Top Cat Blogs.
Yep Raena, we were honored to be innerviewed and added to the list. Fank you very much. You can check out our innerview here and see their list here. As we do every week, we wanna remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the blessings in your lives. And we wanna fank you all fur bein’ our furiends.
Don’t furget sissy, we’re linkin’ up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies. Let’s go play befur the storms start back up. Last one up the cat tree’s a …..
Till the next time…………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. It’s furinally Furiday, and guess what? It’s stormin’ here again. Yep, it rolled in last night and looks like it’s gonna stay ‘round thru most of next week. As ya’ know, sis Dezi is still off at (virtual) Cat Scouts summer camp. Well, she must’ve found some where that had innernet service cuz she sent an email last night and wanted to come home. Seems she’s been passed over fur the highest purrmotion fur the fourth time and feels like they don’t want her anymore. Of course mommy told her she could come home, but that ifin she did, she would be sendin’ a message that she was a quitter. And, we ain’t no quitters, mommy said. Mommy told her to put on a smile and kill ‘em with kindness. Somethin’ ‘bout ketchin’ more bees with honey or somethin’ like that. Mommy reminded her that she was a Southern Belle and as such, she had a duty to be pawlite and sweet, no matter what.
Me’s never gonna be anythin’ but a Sabertooth.
I’s couldn’t care less ‘bout all that, I’s ready fur sissy to come home. Ya’ know, keepin’ up with the bloggy all by mine’s self is a lot of work. And besides, I’s don’t want anypawdy pickin’ on mine’s sissy…that’s mine’s job. MOL Hey, did ya’ll know they have movies on that chatter box with kitties in ‘em? Sure ‘nuff. I’s was watchin’ one the other day, and there was this big kitty that kept chuffin’ at me. She sure seemed worried. I’s kept tryin’ to tell her I’s was right here, but she just kept chuffin’.
I’s right here kitty. Why can’t you hear me?
And then, she tried to get me to help her take down a behemouth of a beast. Somethin’ ‘bout bein’ a ketcher?. I’s don’t know why she’d want li’l ol me to be a ketcher. You should’a seen the size of that thing. Do any of you kitties watch the chatter box?
Are you crazy? I’s not ketchin’ that thing, it’s Huuuuuuge!!!!
And hey, did ya’ll know mine’s mommy can sew? I’s never seen anythin’ like that machine she calls a sewin’ machine. I’s always knew there was a table beside the counters but I’s had no idea what was under all that clutter. Yep, mommy had some clutter. She says it isn’t clutter it’s shoppin’ bags, but hey, ifin ya’ don’t do any shoppin’ and ya’ never use those bags, they’re clutter. Right? Anyways, sis Dezi needed a hat fur summer camp, so mommy moved all those shoppin’ bags and voila, a sewin’ machine appeared. Now that was cool. Right up till the minute mommy broke the needle. Then, it was all, arms wavin’ in the air and yellin’ “danger, danger, get away, stay back.” Fankfully, she was able to get all the pieces up and change out that needle in time to get sissy’s hat made. I’s can’t wait to see what she makes next.
I’s’ll just watch the rain and wait fur sissy.
Well, guess I’s better run. I’s hear thunder rumblin’ thru again. Fank the cats, sissy will be back home soon to tell us all ‘bout summer camp. I’s know ya’ll wanna know how it went and hear all ‘bout her adventures there. We’ll be ‘round to visit ‘tween storms, so ya’ll stay safe now, ya’ hear?.
Till the next time……………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. What a day we’ve had, and it ain’t even noon. ‘Course by the time you read this it’ll purrobably be long past. Don’t tell sis Dezi I’s ran so late with our posty, K?. As ya’ know, she’s off at Cat Scouts summer camp (virtually of course, she’s really right here) havin’ a great time. While mommy and me are here dealin’ with the normals of every day livin’.
Don’t furget to put da toys back down when you finish cleanin’, mommy.
We had a big cleanin’ pawrty yesfurday to get ready fur our monthly inspection today. The lawn crew’s back, even tho’ they were just here on Furiday, and the exterminator is here today too. But, mommy can’t breathe, so we’re just gonna spray our ‘pawrtment ourselves. The stuff mommy uses works better anyways. It’s not nearly as watered down. And, we’ve got a ‘pointment with a repair man that we’ll be tellin’ ya’ ‘bout on Sevice Cat Monday. Like I’s said, busy, busy, busy and it ain’t even lunch time yet. Meowin’ ‘bout lunch time, what does that even mean? We get brekky and dinner here. I’s need to ask mommy why we’re not getting’ a lunch too.? Meowin’ of dinner, mommy took her furst bite last night. Sure nuff, she made a baked tater ‘stead of smashed taters and was able to actually bite and chew. That’s a good thing. She said it felt funny, but she’s glad to be able to start doin’ things normally again. She ain’t ready fur no chips or crackers yet, but she’s getting’ there. And, we got a letter from sissy from camp.
Check out me and me’s furiend Cat. We climbed up on
the Muffler Man at a stop on the way to camp.
Dear Mommy and Raena,
Me doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but me did wanna drop ya’ll a line and let ya’ know, me’s okay and havin’ a great time. Me’s makin’ a Garrison cap fur me and a surpurrise fur you mommy. Good thing you taught me to sew mommy. Fanks. Me misses ya’ll somethin’ fierce, but it has been kind’a nice havin’ a bed all to meself this week. Me can’t wait to tell ya’ll all ‘bout summer camp when me gets home. Fanks fur the care box, me luvved everythin’, ‘specially the new nip nanner. Raena, you take good care of mommy, and me will see ya’ll soon. Yes, Raena, me will bring you a supurrise back too.
All me’s luv,
Oh sissy, we miss you too. And everypawdy can’t wait to hear all ‘bout camp when you get home. (Raena looks out the door and see the manager and exterminator walking up the walk) Well, I’s see the manager, so I’s guess I’s better get off here now. Cuz we don’t post on Tuesdays, we missed International Cat Day. Not to worry tho’, we may not have posted anythin’, but we are always treated like queens. Mommy says every day is Cat Day at our house. We got extra treats and some new noms that we’ll be meowin’ ‘bout later. I’s gotta run, you all have a pawsum day.
Ifin there was a real camp fur kitties, would you send your kitty off fur a week?
Do You think your kitty would enjoy a real camp?
Till the next time………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Deztinee: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses