Mondays With Merlin: Teaching Old (Dogs) Or Cats New Tricks

It’s your friendly neighborhood old meezer, Merlin with a not so fabulous photo quote because of Layla. It’s true I accept life as it is but she could have put effort into it but no. She was fascinated by a wedding party being photographed in her favorite haunt, the Persian gardens and blogged about at her other blog Boomer Muse calling it Why I Will Never Be A Wedding Photographer. Oh, there are lots of photos there but scarcely none of me recently, save a few on Instagram. Is it because I’m very skinny and old? No, she accepts my status quo. She says she’d rather spend time with me totally focused without a lens separating us. Okay, I can buy that.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but what about an old cat? Well, it’s never too late to try. Layla and I discovered a new thing, not quite a trick but potentially tricky. She loves her hammock but has been spending more time with me on our picnic blankie but on the weekend she suddenly scoops me up and says, we’re going to the hammock. Whoa Nellie, has she forgotten I’m blind? To have a cat swinging on a hammock could be a catastrophe. Cats hate being on things that sway or are balanced but I accept she know what she’s doing so I go for it. She cradles me in her arms and slowly lowers herself onto the hammock, so gently it hardly moves and then we snuggle under the sun-dappled trees like in bed but only better with the fresh air. So, the learn is: it’s never too late to try something new. Is there anything you have a hard time accepting?
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27 thoughts on “Mondays With Merlin: Teaching Old (Dogs) Or Cats New Tricks”

  1. What a lovely time that must have been Merlin – very special for you and Mom Layla…….fresh air, Mom, gentle swinging……life can be oh so good even when we THINK we’re too old to enjoy something new!

    Love and Hugs,
    Sammy

  2. Oh Merlin. Sometimes I wish someone would pick me up and take me out of my rut. Yes, I know, I’ll have to do it for myself. It’s so easy to think, soon….tomorrow. Well, maybe the Sun’s coming out tomorrow but I need to get off my rearend today. It’s good to know that it might be everything I love, but better. Enjoy floating in the Sunshine, two hearts beating together.

  3. Hammock time sounds lovely Merlin and sometimes as you gently rock together it will seem like you are joined as you feel the breeze and the sun dapples.
    I hope you and Layla had a wonderful day.

  4. The hammock sounds glorious!!!
    This was an absolute spectacular weekend, a harbinger of Fall………….We love Fall in all of its sunkissed glory!
    Merlin, you are still the most beautiful creature. We send you purrs and prayers as always.
    Purrs to Abby’s Mom , we know how it hurts.
    Luvs to all,
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo >^..^^..^<~

  5. Merlin July has turned into August isn’t that nice and your birthday is growing closer by the day. Guess what? Today is Annabelle’s designated 3rd birthday and our Mom forgot! She has been concentrating so much on Abby lately and today holds hard memories from two years ago. Why is it that some (bad) things reside so crystal clear and other things can’t even be remembered? Mom can scarcely remember last week, but two years ago she remembers well! She felt bad she forgot all about AB’s birthday but Annabelle doesn’t mind. She’s just happy being. We hope you have a great day swinging in your hammock.

  6. what a pawsome idea… so you could enjoy a lot of “layla&me” time that way :o) I have a water phobia… but my mom said no one can trust me… as soon as we will have a pond and fishies she knows what I will do… she probably watched the wrong channel in her crystal ball… I wouldn’t jump in a pond… not even with Moby Dick inside :o)

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