04 January 2010

goal setting

Lexi has decided to train Mia for the circus. (See Christmas pictures below.) Mia's got an impressive standing jump of about five feet, so you can see the possibilities.

Today she was trying to teach Mia to jump on the trampoline. Her teaching strategy relies too much on...bossing Mia around and too little on rewards and incentives. And she's trying to train Mia.

While I was cooking dinner (such as it was), all I heard was,

Come on, Mia. Come on, Mia. Come ON, Mia. Come on, Mia. Jump. Jump. JUMP. Come ON, Mia, jump! Jump. Come on, Mia. Come ON, Mia.

Over and over again, while Lexi flicked Mia's toy at the trampoline while hanging over the back of the couch.

Mia hasn't learned to jump on the trampoline, but Lexi remains hopeful that they will, indeed, be in the circus. Apparently their gimmick is that Lexi, the cat trainer, will be doing gymnastics on the ropes above the circus while directing Mia's tricks. Those tricks will likely include a trampoline, but she's willing to consider other tricks.

12 comments:

Kristine said...

your new header is PRICELESS! I just love it. And that is one talented cat you have there.

The Holmes Crew said...

Now how stinkin' cute is the new picture? LOVE IT!

Lindy said...

Isn't it amazing that you were matched with a "performer?"

Lindsay said...

:) They're never to young to start planning their future career!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

See, proof cats are WAY smarter than dogs.

Mrs. Butler said...

Kate, she is fabulous. Great pics, did Santa bring puzzles and chocolate?

(ps, the word verification for comment is "antingat" and instantly the lyric, "And all of Artigat as well" went through my head. Probably because it's your blog)

Tina in CT said...

Is there a circus in St. P to compare with the Moscow Circus? You'll have to take Lexi.

Lisa said...

So precious. I love reading your blog.

beckyww said...

Tell her to remember us little people when she is famous...

Annie said...

She must have been as impressed with the cats in the circus as I was...that was the BEST!

Jenni said...

Too funny! Glad to see that Mia is playing along with Lexi's schemes. :)

BTW, I LOVE your header picture. Too dang cute!

Christine said...

How adorable!