Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me RaenaBelle. I’s made it thru another day without mommy. But just barely. And OMC yesfurday was just pawful.
What are you meowin’ on ‘bout Raena?
I’s tellin’ everypawdy ‘bout how pawful yesfurday was sissy. How mommy left us home to go to her ‘pointment with Ms. Navy. I’s just getting’ to the even worst pawrt. You know the Storm?! You was s’posed to be in charge, but you spent most of the day UTB and left me all alone.
You weren’t all alone, me invited our furiends Alberto and Ollie from Feline Opines to come over and play. Is it me’s fault that the skies decided to storm, and ya’ll didn’t know what to do?
Well, I’s guess not. But still, you were s’posed to be in charge. We needed you to play with the wand toy with us. Or help us get the ‘lectric toys down, cuz mommy put them up.
Mommy put the ‘lectric toys up Raena, cuz the batteries are dead and she hasn’t gotten any new ones. Mommy says she thinks the world runs on double and triple A batteries. But there were purrlenty of other toys fur ya’ll to play with, includin’ the cat trees. Can me help it ifin the thunder boomers scared ya’ll off the tree? It wasn’t botherin’ me UTB (under the bed).
Those thunder boomers was loud, sissy. Mommy’s s’posed to be here with us, when we have bad weather. Mommy’s s’posed to purrtect us.
Yep Raena, me agrees. But sometimes, mommy’s have to do things they don’t necessarily want to do that takes them away from us fur a short time. We’re really blest that we usually get to go with mommy or that she is home with us most of the time. Some of our furiends our left alone everyday while their humans go to work and stuffs. And besides, we were just as safe as we woulda been ifin mommy had’a been here.
Hmmmpht I’s sure glad mommy doesn’t leave us alone everyday.
Me is too Raena. But it’s purrfectly normal fur peeps to work, or go shoppin’ all without their kitties. And ya’ know what? Those kitties are just fine stayin’ by themselves.
Well sissy, that’s pawsum that so many kitties are fine, but that’s not the way we live. I’s don’t like it when mommy goes somewhere without us. I’s sure hope those days are over.
Me too Raena, cuz lissenin’ to you caterwaul at the door gets on me’s nerves. Fankfully, mommy’s ‘pointment yesfurday went well. She wasn’t really aware of how serious this sinus thing was, cuz when the doctor’s office called to confurm her re-check, they said she was on a “Sinus Watch”, and that it was really ‘purrtant she make her re-check ‘pointment. The doctor told mommy that she was healin’ like a teenager. She actually said, “like a fifteen year old”. They all had a good laff, as mommy’s not been a teenager fur a very long time. MOL Mommy still has to abstain from blowin’ her nose fur another 2 weeks cuz of this sinus thing. ‘Pawrnetly, it’s pawssible fur mommy to blow a hole open into her sinuses that could lead to infection and even death ifin it doesn’t close purropurrly. But the good news is, that she can furinally eat somethin’ besides Malt O Meal and baked smashed taters. She still can’t eat crunchy foods, but soft foods are on the menu goin’ furward. WooHoo Least till the next round of dental work. MOL
That’s great news sissy. Did you get a whiff of what mommy brought home last night? I’s smelled turkey and bacon in that Arby’s box.
Me sure did Raena. Me can’t wait fur mommy to take that box outta the fridge and warm it up. Me’s gettin’ the furst bite.
Hmmmmpht We’ll see ‘bout that. MOL Anyways, we better wrap it up fur today. Mommy’s purretty tired. Seems that trip was purretty hard on mommy. We’re linkin’ up with the Pet Parade. And don’t furget mines Birthday pawrty next week. Click below to see mine’s invite.
Me doesn’t think anypawdy could furget your Birthday Raena. You keep meowin’ ‘bout it all the time. Let’s go check out that box that came yesfurday. Mommy says it’s birthday gifts fur you. You know you have to share, right?
Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Raena, what are you doin’?
Did you read all the comments on our Service Cat Monday posty sissy? Everybody thinks I’s so smart.
Me read them, and you are smart. But, you shouldn’t let that give you the big head. ‘Member, mommy says it’s always better to be humble. Peeps don’t like a smarty pants.
Just what does that mean, anyways? What’s a smarty pants. Cuz, I’s not wear any pants, lessen ya’ count mine’s bloomers. And while we’re at it, what’s this smarty pants fone? Ya’ know when we went to mommy’s doctors ‘pointment last week, mommy furgot to take the camera…as usual. And she was sayin’ how she needed one of those smarty pants fones so she’d always have a camera available.
Why? What did you do?
I’s didn’t do anythin’ sissy, but there was this gigantor bunny rabbit outside the farmacy that mommy said she’d like to take our foto with. He was rockin’ and wavin’ in the wind, and I’s not so sure I’s would’a wanted to have mine’s foto taken with him. But, mommy says it would’a been sooooooooo cute.
Yeah Raena, mommy likes things like that. She thinks we’d look so adorable up next to those decorations.
What kind’a decoration is a big ole bunny with a basket, sissy?
It signifies Easter, Raena. Me’s doesn’t actually unnerstand it all either, cuz mommy says Easter is all ‘bout the resurrection of Jesus. But it seems that some peeps celebrate by hidin’ funny colored eggs, and then carryin’ ‘round baskets and huntin’ fur those eggs. And me thinks they believe this bunny called Peter Cottontail lays ‘em. And of course as with any human holiday, there’s chocolates involved too.
That don’t sound right sissy. Bunnies don’t lay eggs??. Do they??. I’s gonna ask mommy ‘bout all this, or maybe Speedy. He’s a bunny, surely he knows ’bout all this?.
Fine, don’t believe me. See ifin me answers any more of your questions.
Oh sissy, I’s believe you. Don’t get hissy. (Raena mumbles under her breath)
You still haven’t told me what a smarty pants is, or a smarty pants fone fur that matter. (Raena turns to look at Dezi and excitedly meows)
Hey, have you been workin’ on mine’s birthday pawrty?
Me has, Raena. But what ifin it was gonna be a surprise? You shouldn’t be askin’ ‘bout it.
But it’s not a surprise, right? Cuz we’ve all been talkin’ ‘bout it?.
No Raena, it’s not a surprise. What do you think ‘bout this fur your invitation?
That’s really cool sissy. Are we havin’ a circus?
Maybe Raena. Would you like a circus?
I’s don’t know sissy, I’s never been to a circus befur.
Well, our ‘pawrtment purrobably isn’t big enuff fur a circus Raena, but don’t worry, it’ll be lots of fun. Birthday’s are always fun here. Mommy always wants us to feel really special and extra luvved. Come on, let’s go finish brekky and take a nap. We’ve got an inspection today, and the exterminator’s here too. So mommy’s gonna have to get ready to mop. Those exterminators’ always make a huge mess by sprayin’ that poison in the middle of the floor and all up and down the walls. Mommy says their vision must be worse than hers. MOL That’s why she likes to spray our ‘pawrtment herself. Besides, the stuffs they use is so watered down, it doesn’t really kill anythin’.
That Bengal stuffs mommy uses really works good. But it should; after all, it’s named after a cat. MOL Do we have a play date fur tomorrow sissy? You know, mommy’s goin’ back to the dental surgeon fur her recheck, and again, she plans to leave both of us here.
Yep, Raena, me’s invited some furiends over to play and keep you occupied while mommy’s gone. (Hearing the alert alarms of other apartments getting closer, and seeing the lawn crew’s truck drive up, Dezi heads down from her perch atop the Liberty tree and meows to Raena)
You better hurry Raena, it’s fixin’ to get really loud ‘round here.
Till the next time…………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
MeOW It’s Service Cat Monday. And as purromissed, you all are in fur a loopy training session today. Me doesn’t know who was funnier, mommy or Raena. As me tells you every week, training is all ‘bout consistency. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. Oh yeah, and Rewards. Don’t furget those rewards. Anyhow, ya’ don’t start training something ifin ya’ don’t plan to see it thru. Mommy says the only reason to skip a training session is death. So, let me get this business stuffs outta the way, so we can get on with it. The following will be written in human English fur reader and translation ease. As always, we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. We try to answer all questions in a timely manner; and you can post them in the comments section or send us an email. Our training posts aren’t intended to be a step by step manual as training can be boring due to the Repetitive nature. Instead they are tips, tricks and techniques mommy has developed over the many years she has spent training animals, cats in purrticular. And ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up, by clickin’ the links at the bottom of this or any training post. MeeeeeeeeYeow
So, as most of you know, mommy’s training sis Raena on driving the wheelchair. Her training has been going well, and she’s getting more and more comfortable every day. As most of you also know, mommy had dental surgery last week and was a little loopy for a few days afterwards. Some of you assumed Raena’s training would be put on hold till mommy recovered. We know that, because we got a few emails about just that. Oh Contraire Mon Cher. As me said earlier, mommy says the only excuse for skipping a training session is death. And just because mommy felt like she was, she was still breathing, so no skipping training. Mommy says the no skipping rule exists because often the result of one skipped session turns into more, and/or the animal, especially cats, tend to “forget” what they’ve learned and you have to start over from the beginning.
The morning of mommy’s surgery, she got ready and then decided to have a short training session while she waited on her ride. Everything went pretty much according to plan. Raena was a bit over stimulated because she knew something was up, but she wants to please mommy so much she happily went along with about a 10 minute training session. Mommy says when kitty is over stimulated 10 minutes is better than nothing. We all spent the rest of the time till mommy’s ride arrived getting and giving extra love. It was a little after dinner time when mommy got home, so feeding us was the top priority, after a short welcome home love session of course. At this point, mommy was totally alert and aware of everything, including her pain. While we ate, she busied herself reading about the medicines she was to take and what she could and couldn’t do, to keep her mind alert. Mommy knew, that once she slowed down, the anesthetic would kick back in and make her tired and loopy.
Shortly after our dinner, Raena and mommy headed back to the wheelchair for another short training session which went well. Mommy had nothing in the house, that was on her list of acceptable foods, and all the stores in town were already closed. Me tells you this, because it’s important, in explaining why mommy stays loopy for so long. She wasn’t allowed to eat or drink for 8 hours before the surgery and other than a scoop of ice cream she ate on the way home, she had nothing to eat for 36 hours after her surgery. So all that medicine was still coursing through her veins and making her a little loopy with her totally empty stomach.
The next day, mommy was feeling no pain. She had a bit of a headache, but she couldn’t have walked a straight line if her life had depended on it. But training doesn’t stop for loopy mommies. Of course Raena and me were on guard, keeping a close eye on mommy. She had fallen at some point and smashed me’s cat scouts cardwood derby entry, so we knew we needed to watch her. When mommy went to the wheelchair and called for Raena, me headed to the top of the Liberty cat tree in record time. This wasn’t me’s first loopy training session, and me knew what could happen. Of course, Raena loves mommy so much, she cautiously ran over and jumped in mommy’s lap when she was called. Mommy positioned Raena on her right leg and reached up to make sure the speed was turned all the way down.
But, in mommy’s hazy state, instead of turning the chair down, she turned the speed up full blast. Mommy then told Raena to turn on the chair. Raena pawed at the power button, the horn and then the speed controls. We do have some big paws, ya know. The chair began to beep uncontrollably. Mommy softly told Raena to stop pawing all the buttons, she had already turned the speed down. (The wheelchair will continually beep if it’s already at top speed or low speed and you continue to push the speed button.) So mommy assumed Raena was pushing the zero speed button because that’s the button she thought she had pushed. Anyways, Raena sat back and mommy gave her a small pet and hug for turning the chair on. Remember, you always reward proper actions. Mommy then repositioned Raena again, and told her to “Bite” the joystick. Mommy was talking really funny. (She says it’s because some of the teeth that help the tongue form words are now missing.) Apparantly, Raena didn’t understand the command, because she turned and looked at mommy and sat back down.
Mommy repositioned Raena yet again, and repeated the command, “Bite”. Raena looked up at me atop the Liberty cat tree, and then back at mommy, who sat waiting with her eyes glazed over. Mommy took her hand and went to put it on Raena’s head to gently guide her, and instead, hit the joystick. Mommy and Raena jolted forward. Raena was pushed back into mommy’s chest by the force of the jolt. Raena’s eyes got as big as saucers and mommy giggled. She apologized to Raena, and repositioned her yet again. “Power on” and then “Bite” were her next commands. Raena complied.
When she bit the joystick she also turned her head just enough to pull the joystick backwards. Mommy, Raena and the wheelchair all jolted backwards and right into our brown cat tree. The tree shook and stopped the chair, and Raena jumped from mommy’s lap to the tree. She had released the joystick as soon as the chair started moving. Mommy started petting air and apologizing to air Raena. Real Raena was looking on from the brown cat tree right behind mommy. Mommy finally realized Raena was no longer sitting in her lap and looked around for her. Mommy can’t turn her head to see behind her, so she couldn’t see Raena sitting right behind her. Of course, we’re not so sure mommy could see anything with her hazy eyes.
Anyways, not one to give up, mommy called for Raena and the little stinker jumped right back into mommy’s lap. Mommy gave Raena big hugs and me took the opportunity to shinny down the Liberty tree and run down the hall to the bedroom. Once again, mommy positioned Raena and instructed her to “Power On” the chair and “Bite” the joystick. Mommy reached around Raena and pushed at the control panel in an attempt to turn the chair speed down. Raena bit down on the joystick and held still. Mommy rewarded her with lots of hugs, and then told her to “Release” the joystick. Apparantly, Raena likes jolting, because during the love fest and command to “Release“, she pushed the joystick forward before releasing it. You guessed it, mommy hadn’t gotten the speed turned down and her and Raena jolted forward yet again right into the Liberty cat tree. Thank the cats, mommy had the “bumper pads” on the chair. The good news is that Raena sat back in mommy’s lap after releasing the joystick and jolting forward. Raena got lots of Loving rewards for performing her duties “correctly”. Yep, even though they jolted forwards and backwards, Raena had “Powered On”, “Bit”, “Held” and “Released” the joystick like an old pro.
When mommy announced the training session was over, me headed back up the hall to get in on some of that loving and some treats. That’s right, we both got treats. After all, me’s been driving the chair now for a while, all by meself. That evening the training session went pretty much the same way. It took a couple of days for the anesthetic to completely wear off, and training sessions to get back to normal. Altho’, even un-loopy this training session is about par for the course. Mommy says there’s nothing wrong with making training fun. Training might be serious business, but don’t make it so serious, you take the joy out of it for everybody/kitty/doggy.
Me’s gonna wrap it up now. It’s time fur another training session for Raena and the wheelchair. ‘Member, ifin you have any questions, suggestions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section, or send us an email. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, click on the links below.
Till the next time………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
The Rest of the Story Raena and the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling Emergency Help Options Pt. 1
Well, we furinally made it to Blest Sunday, Raena.
We sure did, sissy. I’s gotta tell ya’, with all the crazies mommy’s been goin’ thru, I’s wasn’t so sure we’d make it. The management tried to sneak in a second inspection this month, and mommy just ‘bout passed out at the doctor’s office. Mommy’s been really tired this last week. Y, just the other day we was visitin’ one of our furiends and next thing I’s knew, mommy had done nodded off right in the middle of readin’ the posty to us.
Yep, me noticed that Raena. Me knows she’s feelin’ better now that the worst of the teethies are gone, but ‘pawrently, baked, smashed taters and Malt o Meal don’t give her any energy. We are so fankful to Uncle and Awnty Hauck, and Hermes, Chip and Chessie fur sendin’ mommy some Malt O Meal cuz the stores here in town still don’t have any in stock; and mommy’s ‘bout tired of taters. MOL
And one of our Anonymous Angels sent mommy some Malt O Meal, Chocolate Mini Muffins, and a big ole bag of M&M’s plain chocolate candies. Mommy says a meowsy big Fank You. She can’t wait to sink her gums into one of those muffins. And while we’re on the subject of mommy’s teethies, we wanna say that mommy has a ride to her follow up ‘pointment this week. We furgot to announce that and a couple of ya’ was askin’. We also would like to say, ya’ don’t need an excuse to come and visit. We luv meetin’ up with our furiends in the fur to face.
We sure do Raena. You’ve actually never met any of our furiends, but me has. They’re so pawsum. We are so very blest to have such amazin’ furiends. Maybe someday, we’ll get to go back to BlogPaws, and you’ll get to meet a lot of them like me did.
That would be so furtastic, sissy. I’s would luvs that. Hey, did you see mine’s furst birthday purresent?
Yeah Raena, me saw that.
I’s was so excited when mommy said awnty Vonda sent me a purresent fur mine’s birthday like she did fur you. I’s wanna say fanky fank you. It was so much fun watchin’ mommy try to put it together. She was all thumbs. Ya’ know we kitties envy those thumbs humans have, but I’s gotta tell ya’, sometimes they can’t do nuffin’ right. MOL Mommy says so far, she’s really luvvin’ the Litter Genie. And I’s luvvin’ usin’ it fur a springboard and a purrch fur checkin’ out everythin’ in the pawdee box room I’s can’t see from the floor.
Is there anythin’ you won’t climb on, Raena? Ya’ know, at some point you’re gonna be too big to jump on everythin’. And besides, mommy hates it when ya’ jump on the ledge of the kitchen trash can.
Yep, sissy, she’s constantly goin’ on ‘bout how we’re not heathens, or white trash. I’s not even know what those things mean. I’s just know that sometimes, there’s somethin’ in there that smells purretty good.
Maybe Raena, but you really should stay down. We get purrlenty to eat, and treats too. You know how blest we are. We’ve not had empty bellies since mommy found us and gave us a furever home. And we’ve never wanted fur luv or furiends. We have the most amazinly pawsum lives. And just think, it’s only 2 more weeks till your furst birthday.
You’re so right, sissy. And I’s can’t wait fur mine’s birthday. We wanna say a meowsy big fank you to all our furiends. We are so blest to have ya’ll in our lives. We hope you’ll take a minute today and every day to give fanks fur the many blessings in your lives.
Fanks Raena, you did good. We’re also joinin’ the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies. And we hope everypawdy has a great week.
Till the next time………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses