Saturday, June 7, 2008

My Dog Skip (or just my cat, Abigail)

So... This past week my wonderful wife has taken a mission team to New Orleans - the land of opportunity... right. Anyway, I've had quite some time to think and talk with myself. I've also taken to talking to Abigail, the cat.

When I talk to Abigail, I find that she is not like most cats. If she likes you (which is from time to time with me) she will come when you call her. The funny thing about Abigail is that she does not respond to whistling or the common "come here girl." You see Abigail has been raised with a slight handicap - to no fault of her own. You see, Kristin does not know how to whistle. So Abigail won't respond to a simple whistle - you're not alone Marynan.

Abigail responds to certain wavelengths of sound. One call that can be produced to arouse her attention is to smile with teeth exposed, separate the jaws a little bit, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and blow air out. Try it. Most animals would look at you funny, but Abigail knows that it is a natural "call of the wild" for her.

Another way to get a response from Abigail is to make several clicking noises with your mouth. Sort of comparable to many African tribes that use the "click" language. Abigail would go nuts on an African safari just by being around the people.

The most affective way I've found to call Abigail is rattle her food bucket. It always elicits a response.

(Mom - do you see a Godly, Biblical lesson in this?)

1 comment:

gracegirl said...

Therein lies a good Biblical lesson in your story, but if I commented on it, then it would spoil it for all others who gleaned some wisdom from your insight into cat calling.

By the way, you also confirmed my suspicions that dogs really are smarter than cats. In fact, all your dad has to do is LOOK at Rusti the right way and she sticks her nub through her legs and heads to her box. So maybe you should work less on bodily sounds and go more for facial expressions.