Tuesday, November 03, 2015

How To Get Cam In A Box

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  As most of you know, I just love a good box!  (Photos of me embracing my inner kit-cat can be viewed at this link, for a review.)  BUT ... Cam just isn't a fan of boxing like I am.  So how did we get her into the box for yesterday's photo?  I'm going to show you how we did it!

First, understand that if Cammie doesn't want to do something, she isn't going to do it.  No cajoling, no bribes, it's just not going to work.  Could Mom force her?  Well, probably, but Mom doesn't do that.  She redirects, tries another way, lets Cam approach things the way she wants to.  Time and patience.  That way, Cam does it on her own and it builds her confidence.  It might take longer, but it's worth it in the long run.

So, anyway ... I noticed Mom had these really cool big pieces of cardboard.  I sat down to see what she was going to do with them and ...

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"Hey!  How cool is this?!?!  We built our own box!!!"

It was really cool - but I worried about the whole "house of cards" scenario. Mom must have read my mind; shortly after all the cardboard somehow fell over, I saw her doing this:

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"Duct tape?!!?  Brilliant!"

Sometimes I think Mom is almost as smart as a Siberian.  ALMOST.  Before I knew it, this is what we had:

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"Awesome box, Mom!  Cam, there's PLENTY of room in here for two!"
"Umm... is Maggie getting treats?"

Mom was forthcoming with some treats - even tossed some in the box, hoping Cam would jump on in - but it was a no-go.  Even with me not in the box.  Hmm.  Time for one of those "work-arounds", Mom!

Mom didn't put duct tape hinges on one of the corners of the box, so she opened it up!  We could just walk right in that way!  Awesome!

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"You want me to do what?!?"
"Want me to give her a shove, Mom?"

Mom didn't think me giving her a push was a good idea.  I have no idea why not, but Mom was holding treats, so I opted to listen to her.

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"I COULD go in there, I guess ..."
"Your choice, Cam.  No pressure."
"You can do it, Cam!  It's FUN; I promise!"

We waited to see what she'd do, and before we knew it ... LOOK!!!

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"Oh, great Balto.  I'm sort of in the box!"
"YAY!  Look at you, Cam!!!"

Mom gave her lots of treats for sitting in the open-sided box like that!  Once she relaxed a bit (Cam, not Mom), Mom said I could move on in.

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"Hey!  Have any of those treats left, Mom?"
"Do you?"

Mom DID still have treats!  So as Cam moved in closer to have one ...

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"I think I know where this is going, Mom.  Clev-er!"
"Where what is going?  The treats?"

See, by that time, Cam was nice and relaxed about the cardboard and was focused on the treats.  While we were chewing, Mom snuck around to the open side, and closed it on up!  We turned around and ...

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"AWESOME!"
"Oh, my!  Look at me -- I'm boxing!!!"

And THAT is how we got Cam to box with me! Is that great or what?!!? I've been wanting her to box with me forEVER!!!!!  You'll be seeing more pix of us boxing together in future posts!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

14 comments:

  1. nothing like a bit of cunning to get the pics you need :)

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  2. Your momma is soooo smart! Mom needs to get a picture of us in a box!
    stella rose

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  3. Embrace your inner boxer, Camo!! You're doing grreat!

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  4. Cammie my new friend it sounds suspiciously like you might have an itty bitty amount of kitty DNAs running through your Sibe blood. We cats cannot be MADE to do anything either. We do what benefits us. Good job making the mom work very hard keeps her sharp.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  5. WooHoo and YAY, well done Mom! Phew! What a pawsome photo
    And Cam, are you channelling your inner Push-T-Cat a bit more now? (Its worth it...remember the TREATS!!!!!)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. We get suckered by the treats too. It made for a great shot though.

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  7. your mom is very smart and pretty sneaky :)

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  8. Your mom is like a magician!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  9. Your Mom is super smart! I love boxes, but I guess they are not for everyone.

    Ziggy Out!

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  10. Cammie, now that you got a taste of boxing (and those treats) maybe you'll be boxing more often! Don't you have to admit it's kinda fun?

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  11. Boxing is a definite Good Time, Cam. And with treats included, it doesn't get much better.

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  12. Your mom is brilliant, girls, and the two of you look so cute in the box together☺

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  13. Your Mom is awesome, Cammi and Baggie - do you think we could send you Lightning so she could get to even get close to a box, never mind IN one?

    Great job, ladies.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  14. WAHOO!!! Go Cammie!! You are sooooooo brave! The only one around here who will box is Arty!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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