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In which Az is unexpectedly helpful

I almost can't believe what Az just did. Tara Banana was puffing and blowing a bit, and I was just making coffee and not really paying attention to her.

So, Az gave me his most withering expression, stood up, turned the handle, and opened the patio door so that Tara could go out for a wee. He didn't go through the door himself, he just opened it, pushed it open and stood there waiting for her to go out.

Honestly the longer I know that lurcher the more impressed I am. He is soooooo clever!

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lil_shepherd
11th Dec, 2009 13:49 (UTC)
Gosh, that is bright! (Admittedly, we have a cat who opens doors for other members of his family...)
bunn
11th Dec, 2009 15:12 (UTC)
One of our cats (Perl) is quite capable of doing that - but I'm not sure she would be so altruistic as to do it without a reason.

She has been known to take collars off other cats, but I'm not sure why. I'm pretty sure there is some Perl-shaped logical reason, but what it is...

By contrast I'm afraid all our boy cats are a bit dim.
ladyofastolat
11th Dec, 2009 17:15 (UTC)
Maybe there's something about your house that encourages genius in animals?

I wouldn't put it past some of your boy cats to have secret Scarlet Pimpernel-like double identities, and to be masquerading as dim idiots in order to put you off the scent and conceal their evil overlordly doings. I wouldn't put anything past Yama and Suma.

(By the way, in Left 4 Dead, one of the special baddies - the hunter - growls before pouncing, and sounds just like your bungles when they're making their very cute terrifying growling sound. I call them "Bungles" now.)

(And another by the way, according to the pigeon book I've just been reading, pigeons are the messenger bird of "Yama, the god of death and justice.)
bunn
11th Dec, 2009 20:09 (UTC)
If anyone is a secret supervillain, I reckon it's Henning. He's definitely a complex and troubled personality.
philmophlegm
11th Dec, 2009 17:53 (UTC)
I saw some study this week that said that cats are more intelligent than dogs.
ladyofastolat
11th Dec, 2009 21:32 (UTC)
And I read a study today that said that pigeons are more intelligent than either. However, since it was a book all about how wonderful pigeons are - heroes of warfare, enshrined in world mythology etc. etc. - it perhaps counts as a biased source. However, they can, apparently, tell the difference between Impressionists and Picasso, and between Baroque music and modern stuff, and are one of "only four species" that can cope with the concept of a mirror.

Although arguably opening patio doors is a rather more useful application of intelligence.
lil_shepherd
11th Dec, 2009 19:13 (UTC)
Ross - our door opener - has been known to open doors so that his mum can steal (and hide) his sister's kittens. Relations are complicated among out cats.

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