A new toy for me, that is. A couple of days ago, I decided to reorganize my files and started by getting a paper shredder. Unsurprisingly, Melly's favorite part of the shredder was the cardboard packing pieces from the box it came in:
I expected Melly to be interested in the piles of minced paper, but she was completely unfazed.
In other news, Scarlett has learned a trick! A bit of backstory: Scarlett never used to show much interest in treats, which was frustrating since she wouldn't let me brush her teeth and I wanted her to eat the teeth-cleaning treats. However, after watching Melly drool over, attack, and generally go crazy over treats, Scarlett finally decided to show some interest too. Early on, I trained Melly to sit, and in order to get a treat, she had to sit. In the interest of fairness, every time Melly sat, Scarlett got a treat too. I'd tried teaching Scarlett to sit over the years, but she refused, probably due to lack of motivation.
I've been working on some more tricks with Melly, like speaking (so far not very successful) and jumping. Yesterday evening, Melly and I were practicing her tricks, and I randomly told Scarlett to sit, using the same gesture I use for Melly. Scarlett sat! I figured it must be a fluke, and tried again. She sat again! And again! It would seem that Scarlett has learned by watching Melly and has been pretending not to know all this time. Sneaky, smart girl!