Saturday, August 13, 2011

More on Little Buttercup

Buttercup is thriving -- here she is playing with one of her favorite toys:

See the yellow ball by her paw?  She bats it one way and watches it go around (through an opening on the side), then she bats it the other way and watches it go around.  Must be kind of like meditation.  :)

We've been having some success with the clicker training -- kind of a hiatus while we were on vacation, but now we're starting again.  She has so far learned that to get a treat, she touches her nose to the end of a chopstick, and when she does it, we click the clicker.  She's really good at it.  Next step:  to get her to stand on something like a placemat -- basically, "stay."  It's interesting how she really gets it.  Who knew that cats were trainable?

We've started giving her the run of the house at night -- when she first came to us, she was so tiny that we were afraid to let her run around at night, so we kept her in the (pretty big) crate we've used when fostering small dogs.  She seems to be fine now, except for the part where she comes in to snuggle up with me at 5 or 6 AM.  She lies close to my head (or on it, sometimes), she purrs like a machine (very loud in your ear), and worst of all . . . she periodically farts.  Seriously.  But still, it's pretty sweet.  Except for the part where I'm awakened at 5 AM . . . .  But still, I love her.

Here are a couple more pictures from the vacation:

It's a little dark, but I like the tree silhouetted against the sunset.  I like the way this one came out, too -- the light was nice.

These were processed with Nik Software, which I'll talk more about another day.

Hope you're having a nice weekend -- oh, and welcome, hoppers, from Say Hi Sunday 


Pam said...

Just found your blog and love it! I'm your newest follower!

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous shots! glad your little miss is doing so well!

Jill said...

So glad little Buttercup is doing so well. YOur photos are fantastic!

Jenn Marie said...

your kitty is adorable ... mine used to love that toy when she was younger ...and slimmer ... and didn't sleep all day!

Stopping by from Sunday's Blog hop! Newest follower via GFC, twitter & FB! Hope you stop on by and visit us @ --- Have a great weekend!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Sweet little one. And how smart! I have quite a few cats and didn't realize you could train them. :)

Your photos are wonderful. Will be interested in learning about the new software.

Tammy said...

Beautiful shots. Love the lighting in the last one!

Ms. Becky said...

Hi Elise, thanks for showing us how Buttercup is growing up. I just love when you post photos of her. your vacation photos are superb - I especially like the golden sunset. I hope you have a fun week.

Jen said...

Your kitty is absolutely too cute ! Love the vacation pics -- can't wait to here more about what Nik Software you are using -- I have been using Nik Silver Efex and I really love it !