I thought it would be nice if I told you a little about Mulberry today, he’s my other cat. I asked him if he’d like me to introduce him to you in an interview. He went and hid, so I’ve taken that as a “no” – he isn’t as confident as Pippin is.
Mulberry is incredibly cute and likes to lie around on his back a lot – which is a cunning plan to get his tummy tickled by the bipeds.
He also does obedience work for treats – which is quite unusual for a cat. This came about one day when I was doing some obedience indoors, as it was pouring hard with rain. I was doing a little walking to heel and turning nicely. My biped and I needed to turn a lot, as you can’t get far in a straight line indoors without meeting a wall.
We hadn’t been working for very long, when Mulberry started following us up and down the room. When I was given a treat for an exceptional “sit and stay”, Mulberry head-butted the biped in the leg – he wanted a treat as well. The biped found his treats and gave him one.
We walked down the room again and Mulberry walked on the other side of the biped. I don’t mind a little competition, but I never expected to compete with a cat doing obedience! I did another perfect “sit and stay”, while the biped walked up and down with Mulberry – she even gave him a treat before she came back and rewarded me.
I then did a “down and stay”, while Mulberry was given treats for walking up and down the room again – the biped then stopped and she took the treat above Mulberry’s nose as though he was a puppy and he sat! She gave him a treat and, eventually, came and gave me one as well.
The biped then had a little game with me and gave me a fuss. She then called Mulberry to her. He did a perfect recall. He tore down the room in a perfectly straight line, leaping over anything in his path. The biped found this very entertaining and repeated this a few times. Once he jumped over me, while I was trying to snooze!
He still does little tricks to get treats out of the bipeds. Pippin says that even though Mulberry is his friend, he doesn’t think he’s really a cat – he just looks like one. Sometimes we call him a “cog” ( a cat who thinks he’s a dog) and sometimes we call him a “dat” (a small dog who looks like a cat).
Now you know a little more about my friend Mulberry.
See you next Wednesday!