Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Cat lessons, taught by an expert cat!

Hi, Mini Cat here.    One of the very best ways to get a foster dog adopted into a new home is to add to their resume the words "Cat Friendly".   Many people want assurance that a new dog will not harm or chase their cats or other animals in the house.    While Mogley and Bella get all of the credit for re-homing fosters, it is my work behind the scenes that assures success.    I, along with my friend Buddy Cat, the big Flame Point Persian, are in charge of teaching proper cat behaviour to new fosters and giving them their "Certificate of good Cat Companion".    We have taught over 50 Goldens how to respect a cat.  When a new foster arrives, Buddy and I just yawn, stretch and sharpen our claws.  We are fully armed which is a big help when we are teaching but the student does not get the point of our lessons, if you know what I mean.  In the photos, on the left front is Foster Rosie, our 9 year old lady, under the bench is 9 month old Foster Emma, she has already passed the cat tests, the one at the rear and side of the photos is 9 month old Foster Coraline who is newly arrived and still learning her manners around cats. 
Here are photos of a lesson in progress.  In the above two photos, the dogs are too attentive.   I have to swat a couple of times to make them learn the proper distance they must keep.   Then I have to test them by tempting them to see if the lesson held.   
If you look real close, Coraline has a small red spot on her nose from yesterdays lesson.    It appears that she learned well and the lesson took, she did not have to have a reminder today.   All three passed the test and all three will be receiving their  "Certificate of good cat companion", complete with a paw print signature. 

In the final photo, they have passed the test, they ignore me while I roll over and play, trying to tempt them to react.  They are now ready to move on to new homes, you can be sure they know the proper way to address a cat.   My favorite movie and play is "Cats".  We play the music frequently to make sure the dogs realise that no hit Broadway play has ever been named "Dogs". 

Thanks for checking in,  if you like this post, share it with a friend.   There are too many dogs on this blog, cats are the real heros when it comes to re-homing foster Goldens. 

Mini Cat


  1. Hi Mini;
    It's so nice to hear from you, we did not know that cats lived with Mogley & Bella. You learn something new every day.
    You do a great service and we really enjoyed your description of your training session.
    Hope to hear more from you in the future.

    Tail Wags, and space given,
    Hamish & Rescue Sophie

  2. Your goldens are so pretty and cute feline! That's great that you rescue them. There are so many out there that need homes!

  3. But how are woo with SIBERIANS...

    That is the real challenge!

    Khyra and Khousin Merdie

  4. What a wonderful thing you are doing!!! Your parents are the best!

  5. :-) :-) :-)
    ********Thank you for this blog!********
    :-) :-) :-)

    Earnhardt, Lady(senior), Sandy Paws, Oliver and mommie. LOL LOL LOL

  6. Hi Mini Cat
    Looks like you're an excellent teacher too! It's GReat that these ladies will be cat friendly while they're looking for their new forever homes.

    Nadine Apples & Neeli