As you may have read in my previous blog, Flaire & Faith took a trip to Scotland without us. Gracie is expecting you see and couldn't travel and Lillibet was left to keep her company and I got restricted to the kitchen... but that's a whole other story!
Flaire hadn't had much outside time, only a few goes and she was getting good on the last trip, less nervous. She has gone to sitting in between Momma's legs on a floofy rug to a small stroll against a fence where Momma is always close so that any running backwards is discouraged. This can lead to escapes, but Momma's firm and fair manner with a good quick reward system and only rewarding good behaviour and ignoring the stuff she doesn't want us to do, we all learn quickly that reversing stuff is not an option. Momma also carries a stick. It's for lots of things. Keeping us in a straight line, encouraging us up onto something for a look see, it's for following and used as an attention getter if we fail her voice commands. It is never used as a kitty beater, although, we so like it when she scratches us between the shoulder blades as a quick reward.
Well, on this tip, Flaire had much more time to herself and Momma spent a good half hour each day getting the babies confidence up. By the end of a 10 day trip she was so busy and sat at the door waiting for her harness to be put on, sometimes being very demanding with her asking too! Faith said how Flaire would cry and look out longingly from the windows. Faith doesn't really 'do' outside on holidays, she is more of a window lounger and a watcher, but cries and cries at the door to watch if the baby goes out. ManSlave has to hold her and she purrs and chats to him.
As soon as Flaire got the hang of the real outside, she had so much fun. It was so windy, she was literally flying through the air, carried by the strong winds. She really loved it. Momma took her a little way into the woodland too and she stood on logs and enjoyed the leaves and bugs. But there are dogs in the woods, so Momma has to time everything just right. Flaire really does have guts, she trots along, taking after me of course, and loves to jump and play fast games. Momma had to tie a long piece of cord onto her lead so Flaire had more flying space. Wow, she is fun to watch and fun to play with. Even ManSlave enjoyed taking 'his baby' for a walk and wasn't embarrassed about a floofy kitten on a lead. He was just so proud of her excitement for adventure. It's a real shame the holidays are ending as Gracie is having babies soon, so no more trips for quite some time, but I doubt she will forget how to do it all!