Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trackball Lessons with Coach Wylla

I bought a junior-sized trackball at the pet store last night for our little Clovers. I was excited to share it with them, so the second I got home I brought it into their room and took it out of the package.  I brought Coach Wylla in too so she could show them how the game is played.

Over the next hour they were all focused  on the new toy and  played together,  trying hard to master the art of trackball. I took many short movies during the lesson, and I put the best bits together so you guys can see the progression.

It goes from Wylla saying "Come on kittens, you can do it, give it a try!" to "OK, let me show you how it's done". A couple of kittens get bopped, and in the end, they figure it all out.

 OH, and at the VERY end, Trixie nearly fell off the table because I was distracted by all the cuteness that was happening. Don't worry, I grabbed her before she plummeted to the ground. I swear Wylla tried to warn her at 3:26!

 I think you're going to enjoy this, friends. Our Wylla is quite the little teacher. I think this lesson makes my top ten all-time favorite IBKC moments list. Maybe even the top five. It was so fun to witness - I wish you all could have been there!

 

25 comments:

  1. Awww I'm so glad that Wylla likes the kittens just as much as Charlene does... :D

    Well done kittens for getting it in the end and well done for Wylla showing them how!

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  2. I love this! And I love the "crazypants look" that Wylla gets after a while. Who is it at the end of the video that starts playing? Myron?

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  3. This is wonderful! Wylla did get a little wild-eyed, didn't she? Laurie, you must have been grinning from ear to ear as you filmed these precious moments.

    Peggy

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  4. So wonderful to see Wylla as mentor. I loved this. Yes, who is doing so well at the end? I'm not good yet with who is who.

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  5. Is Bean at all involved with the baby Clovers or is Wylla going to be their dominant mentor?

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  6. Is it my imagination, or did Wylla not want to share?
    This is still my two year old's all time favorite toy.

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    1. I think she was happy to share. She likes having her little friends to play with.

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  7. LOL - that was so fun to watch! :D

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  8. Love watching Miss Floofy show the kittens how to play.
    Thanks!

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  9. Put me in, coach. I'm ready to play today. Go, Wylla! Go, kittens!

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  10. So cute! made my day :) with a little practice, those Clovers could become trackball wizards just like Coach Wylla!!

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  11. This is so adorable! Go, Coach Wylla and go, kittens! And hi, Charlene Butterbean! xoxoxoxoxo

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  12. thanks for the super big smile on my face right now!

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  13. try putting a ball in the bathtub!

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  14. Lisa (mom of Chai)May 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Oh my! I think little Miss Ramona is a champion in the making! Nice going Coach Wylla! Keep up the training kittens!

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  15. Ramona is brilliant- and of course, Wylla is the most amazing cat ever born in the entire universe and the other cats in the world will just have to get used to that. We have a bathtub ping pong ball but it would be a tad smooth on acrylic for tiny kitten paws.

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  16. Whoever walked across the trackball cracked me up! Love the little ones! They are so adorable! And, Wylla is a good mentor!

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  17. Wylla is an excellent trackball coach. She'll have the kittens going for the gold in no time! Such cuteness!

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  18. Made my day. :) Wylla is awesome. One can almost hear her communicating with the kittens - her face is so expressive! xo

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  19. It is so lovely to start the day watching the curiosity and playfulness of kitties!!!!!

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  20. Oh, Laurie - we *were* there! Thanks to you. :-D

    What a precious moment, when Ramona finally "clicks" and gets it all on her own, and Wylla is backed away, just a tiny bit, still supervising? Just perfect.

    A screenwriter couldn't come up with anything better, I swear. Set it to music and you have a classic training montage. In my head I'm hearing Vince Gauraldi. Something sweet, but happy and uptempo. -d

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  21. My husband observed that Wylla was lying down so she wouldn't appear threatening to the wee kitties and to keep them at eye-contact level. Very thoughtful of her. <3

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