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
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Welcome, to Service Cat Monday with RaenaBelle. That’s right, in keepin’ with the thought that sis Dezi is off at Summer camp (it’s really virutal, she’s right here), I’s takin’ over the bloggy includin’ Service Cat Monday. You all ‘member to tell her I’s did a good job, K? Anyways, I think I’s s’posed to get the disclaimer stuffs outta the way furst. 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 on 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. Now, let’s get to our question.
Layla, from Cat Wisdom 101 asked, “What are your thoughts on Clicker training and Operant Conditioning?” Well, we explained a bit about Clicker training in a prior post, but we’ll talk a bit about it for those of you that missed that post. First, let me explain what Clicker Training is. The trainer, holds a small clicker in one hand, a treat in the other, and clicks the clicker when the animal performs correctly, immediately followed by a treat as the reward. The hopes are that the animal will eventually learn the behavior and will no longer require the clicker to perform the appropriate action. Operant Conditioning is when behavior is modified based on rewards and punishments.
We can tell you right away, that altho’ mommy believes most actions taken by animals, both of the two legged variety and the four legged, are somewhat a result of Operant Conditioning; it is in NO way a form of training she approves of. The reason for that is the necessity of a Punishment for incorrect behavior. For Operant Conditioning to truly work, there must be the risk of punishment. And as you know, mommy doesn’t like the idea of punishing us. Mommy says there’s a huge difference between Positive Reinforcement Discipline and Punishment. So, that’s our thoughts on Operant Conditioning. Now, what about that Clicker Training?
Operant Conditioning in action. Altho’ we’re not fighting,
sis Dezi is letting me know, she’s had enough.
As we mentioned in a previous post, the idea of Clickers was still very new when mommy began training. She looked into them and found at that time, they were quite costly. While preparing for this post, we looked again, and found they still cost a little more than mommy would pay. And then of course, there’s the treats. When using a clicker, you have to have that tasty reward waiting. If you would prefer to use the clicker method but don’t have the money to buy one, you can always use your fingers to snap, or your mouth to make a click sound. Just don’t forget to do it as soon as the appropriate behavior has occurred, followed by a treat. Also keep in mind, that anytime you use treats during training, meals should be adjusted to account for the extra calories. You don’t want training to result in an overweight kitty or doggy. Because of cost, having to carry treats all the time, and the fact that most of the things we do for mommy occur when she’s not exactly dressed, we’re not fans of Clicker Training either. That being said, it is a great tool if that’s the method you want to use.
Enjoying some silvervine after a training session.
So, our thoughts are pretty simple. Clicker Training is a great method for dogs and can be successful with cats as well. But, it’s not a method mommy chooses for numerous reasons. And altho’ we’re probably all acting a bit due to Operant Conditioning, it is NOT a method of training mommy likes or recommends. Please, Do Not Punish your cat or dog, especially during training.
And sissy gets treats even when it’s mine’s training session.
Well, I’s sure hope we answered awnty Layla’s question. As most of ya’ know, mommy’s purrfured method of training is the Love Rewards method. It works, needs no extra props and can be successfully used for both cats and dogs. Remember, ifin you have any questions, purrlease leave them in the comments or send us an email. And ifin you missed any posts in this series, click the links below.
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
Hey, is anypawdy out there? Guess who? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Yep, with sis Dezi off at Cat Scout summer camp havin’ all the fun, I’s here hangin’ with mommy and takin’ over Blest Sunday. I’s might not get to be a Cat Scout, but hey, I’s still queen of our castle. MOL Okay, so maybe I’s not takin’ over, cuz sissy didn’t really go anywhere. As ya’ll know, we’re all ‘bout the truth. But, we do like bein’ pawrt of the community, and purrticipatin’ in events that we might only do virtually. And Cat Scouts is one of those.
It sure is Raena. We were so blest years ago to find Cat Scouts. It’s a small community, but a community that cares ‘bout it’s members and others. Me’s made such amazin’ furiends there. Some of those furiends are pawrt of blogville as fellow bloggers and some aren’t. Ya’ know, bloggin’ isn’t fur everypawdy, but a cat luvver is a cat luvver and enjoys sharin’ fotos of their gawjus kitties and spendin’ time with other cat peeps. And, Cat Scouts is just one of the places one can do that.
And one day, I’s gonna get to be a Cat Scout too. In the meantime, I’s wanna fanky fank the peeps and kitties of Kittyclysm. A while back they gave us the Blogger Recognition Award. Here’s the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
And since our bloggy is called DezizWorld, me will tell you how we started. Befur Cat Scouts, there was another site fur cat luvvers to get together and show off fotos of their amazin’ kitties. While there, we met Timmy and Buddy of Tomcat Commentary and Blues Lounge. One day they asked ifin any cat would like to be a guest blogger fur them and me jumped at the chance. After all, sis Lexi had her facebook page, so me wanted to do somethin’ on me’s own too. They told us all we needed to do was create an account on WordPress. Well, me couldn’t get to that fast enuff. But with mommy’s limited knowledge of catputers and stuffs, befur we knew it, we had our very own bloggy. Okay, so it might have taken mommy a whole 24 hours to get all set up, but all she did was follow the instructions on the screen. She had no idea, we were creating our own bloggy. But we did. And we’ve been here ever since. And ya know what? We’ve never looked back. Our accidental bloggy has been the source of great furiendships and adventures.
As fur advice to new bloggers, we would tell you, above all…be truthful…even when it hurts. You can never go wrong with the truth. And, have fun. Whether you have a thousand visitors or 1, bloggin’ is a great way to chronicle the life/lives of your fur baby/ies.
Y, Sissy, that’s great advice. Altho’ I’s not been bloggin’ as long as you have, I’s luvs every minute. I’s enjoy visitin’ our furiends and keepin’ up with what they’re doin’. I’s would say another ‘purrtant thing fur new bloggers to keep in mind, is visitin’ others. And, don’t give in to the purressure of writin’ what everypawdy else does. Be true to yourself. Find your voice and stick with it. No blog is fur everypawdy, but ifin you put yourself out there, you will find furiends.
That’s great advice Raena. Me’s actually purroud of ya’. Now, we’re also s’posed to nominate 15 other bloggers fur the award. The truth is, there are lots of amazin’ blogs out there and we think they all deserve the Recognition award, but we just can’t list them all. So we’re only gonna list a few. But, all of you feel furee to take this award, cuz you deserve it.
Those are some great nominees sissy.
Fanks Raena. Now, as everypawdy knows, today is Blest Sunday. We wanna remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the blessings in your lives. Fank you all fur bein’ our furiends. We are so blest to have you all and be a pawrt of the bestest kitty groups in the universe.
Don’t furget our Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue sissy.
Till the next time………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses