Pay No Attention / ¡No Le Prestes!

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IT’S A COMMON occurrence around our house. Dudo is on the terrace and San Geraldo calls to him to come inside. Dudo either completely ignores him, walks in another direction, or sits and stares at him as if he’s speaking a foreign language (and Dudo is bilingual, trilingual if you include cat).

I then call from inside, “Come on, Dudo,” and he comes running.

Today, SG was watering plants in the front hall. Dudo joined him. When SG was done I heard him say, “Come on, Dudo… Dudo, time to come inside… Dudo. Come on… [hand clap]… Dudo, let’s go… Dudo.”

“Do you want me to get him?” I asked. “Yes, please.”

I walked to the door and called, “Come on, Dudes.” He ran by me into the apartment.

SG was in the kitchen. As Dudo passed, I’m sure I saw him stick out his tongue.

I said to San Geraldo, “I’ve been training him to ignore you.”

Who says you can’t train a cat?


ES ALGO COMÚN en nuestra casa. Dudo está en la terraza y San Geraldo lo llama para que entre. Dudo lo ignora por completo, camina en otra dirección, o se sienta y lo mira como si estuviera hablando un idioma extranjero (y Dudo es bilingüe, trilingüe si se incluye al gato).

Luego llamo desde adentro, “Vamos, Dudo”, y él viene corriendo.

Hoy, SG estaba regando plantas en el vestíbulo. Dudo se unió a él. Cuando SG terminó, lo escuché decir: “Vamos, Dudo … Dudo, es hora de entrar … Dudo. Vamos … [aplauso] … Dudo, vámonos … Dudo”.

“¿Quieres que lo atrape?” Yo pregunté.

“Sí por favor.”

Caminé hacia la puerta y llamé: “Vamos, Dudes”.

Corrió a mi lado hacia el apartamento.

SG estaba en la cocina. Cuando Dudo pasó, estoy seguro de que lo vi sacar la lengua. Le dije a San Geraldo: “Lo he estado entrenando para ignorarte”.

¿Quién dice que no puedes entrenar a un gato?

About to pounce. / A punto de saltar.
He also listens, when I say, “No stairs.”
También escucha, cuando digo: “No escaleras”.
And, sometimes, he even listens when I say, “Don’t pick on your brother.” (Moose always plays the injured party.)
Y, a veces, incluso escucha cuando le digo: “No molestes a tu hermano”. (Moose siempre juega la parte lesionada).

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..

20 thoughts on “Pay No Attention / ¡No Le Prestes!”

  1. I guess in Dudo’s pecking order, you’re Top Cat, then him, then Moose, then poor San Geraldo.

    1. Debra:
      But he adores San Geraldo. Last night he slept on one side of him while Moose took the other side. He just knows he’s a push-over from the Midwest and I’m the “New Yorker.”

  2. Just the mental picture of big, ol’ cuddly SG trying to cajole that little cat is smile inspiring 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      It’s hilarious to listen to the one-sided conversation. Dudo just knows he’s a push-over… and I’m not.

    1. Steve:
      We both do. And SG gets up sometimes at 3 in the morning because the cats demand it. Both cats adore him. I grew up in NYC. SG grew up in South Dakota. Dudo knows a push-over when he sees one.

    1. anne marie:
      Well, at least I listen to him… sometimes. Interesting that if SG finds a bug, he calls out “Dudo! Bug!” and Dudo is there in a split second.

  3. Cats really are unfathomable. When I call Patchie if he’s not already looking in my direction, his ears go back, indicating he’s heard his name, but turning his head around is too much to ask. Always looks as if he’s telling me to “Piss off!”

  4. Maybe you have a more commanding voice? More ‘alpha’ than SG?
    Whatever it is, Dudo likes what he hers.
    Gotta LOVE cats.

    1. Jim:
      I think he hears the push-over Midwesterner when Jerry speaks and the scary New Yorker from me.

    1. Jennifer:
      These photos are actually all out in the public space on our floor. The original tile from 1973 and not in very good shape. Our housekeeper makes the area in front of our apartment look better than the rest of the hallway.

  5. Again, we’re alike. I have Tuxedo “trained” to leave Carlos’ lap whenever i sit down and come to me. And Carlos invariably says,”Stupid cat.”
    And I reply, “Or smart cat?”

    1. Bob:
      Dudo prefers my lap to SG’s and spends a lot of time there. But when we’re watching TV, he’ll walk across me to get to SG’s lap. Cats!

  6. All my Scotties have adored my son Adam but when sick they run towards me ! Yea Me !
    I will take what I get.
    Agatha love me though as I was the one who rescued her from the horrible horder.
    Love all the photos today !

    1. Parsnip:
      Dudo and Moose adore us both. Very clearly. But SG is Moose’s best pal and I’m Dudo’s.

    1. David:
      Oh, we are so well trained. Moose wants me to follow him into the kitchen and kneel next to him to pet him while he eats. He eats often. And I actually obey!

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