The Educated Cat / El Gato Educado

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

TODAY, 1 JULY, is the eighth birthday of Moose and Dudo. They were born 11 days before we arrived in Spain and taken to a shelter along with their mother and three littermates. The littermates were tabbys and were adopted quickly, while Dudo and Moose remained at the shelter for 10 more months until I saw a video online and told San Geraldo they were the ones. They spoke only Spanish at the time, but are now fluent in English, as well. And Dudo has completed a course in surveillance at the National Intelligence Centre (if we can believe him). I’m so glad they waited for us. We got the two smart cats in that litter.


HOY, 1 DE JULIO, es el octavo cumpleaños de Moose y Dudo. Nacieron 11 días antes de que llegáramos a España y fueron llevados a un refugio junto con su madre y tres compañeras de camada. Las compañeras de la camada eran gatas atigradas y fueron adoptadas rápidamente, mientras que Dudo y Moose permanecieron en el refugio durante 10 meses más hasta que vi un video en línea y le dije a San Geraldo que ellos fueron para nosotros. En ese momento solo hablaban español, pero ahora también dominan el inglés. Y Dudo ha completado un curso bilingüe en vigilancia espía del Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (si podemos creerlo). Estoy muy contento de que nos hayan esperado. Tenemos a los gatos más inteligentes en esa camada.

Reading and discussing San Geraldo’s books — entirely in English.
Leyendo y discutiendo los libros de San Geraldo — íntegramente en inglés.
Dudo detects a bug.
Dudo detecta un bicho.
Apparently, we have to pay for the advanced spy class if we want him to know what to do once it’s detected.
Aparentemente, tenemos que pagar por la clase de espía avanzada si queremos que sepa qué hacer después de que se detecte.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

24 thoughts on “The Educated Cat / El Gato Educado”

    1. David,
      Thanks. They’re now 48 in human years. Dudo is still very immature.

    1. Larrymuffin,
      Just another day for them… since they’re always the center of the universe.

  1. Happy birthday to youse, Moose and Dudo! (Note correct usage of the Brooklyn second person plural…) A handsomer pair of guys I can’t imagine, except possibly your two human dads!

  2. Happy Birthday to your fur babies. Perhaps they were just holding out for the right human parents and they certainly got those!

  3. I’m shocked the tabbies went and they stayed for so long. I thought tabby cats were common.

    1. Adam,
      One of the names for ours is Domestic European. So I think they’re even more common than tabbys.

  4. Obviously they are two ‘bookworms’!!
    You four were meant to be together…..happy it all worked out.
    Happy Birthday Moose and Dudo…….you have done a great job!

  5. Such pretty kitties, and obvious geniuses. I can see it in their eyes. I like that you write in English and Spanish. I’m always trying to improve my Spanish.


    1. Janie Junebug,
      Writing here In Spanish every day helps improve mine, too. But I know mine can be quite entertaining.

    1. Walt the Fourth,
      Nope. And I don’t know why but that song really gets on my nerves.

  6. Belated many happy returns, Boys! They’re as lucky to have you as you to have them – the difference being that they don’t know it…….or do they?

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