Sunday, October 28, 2012

Darby is wasted on me

I think Darby would have been great at real agility -- not just the silly backyard stuff we play at sometimes.  I've commented before about her leaping over the patio lounger chair when charging around the backyard with Pumpkin.  But, lately since I rearranged the furniture in the family room, she's started something new.

When I sit on the left-hand side of the sofa with the girls on my right, they have a good view of the kitchen, family room, hallway and a portion of the dining room.  Every now and then when they aren't dozing, Harry will wander into view and the girls will decide they just have to chase him.  Pumpkin jumps off the sofa as you would expect -- sofa to floor -- then runs around the coffee table.  But Darby!  Darby LEAPS from a standing position on the sofa, over my crossed legs and to the floor!

It's quite impressive to see her gather herself up like a horse clearing a dressage jump.  Of course I don't have a photo of one of her leaps, but I thought I would show you these photos to help you be as impressed with her feat as I am.

My crossed legs minding their own business.
Nine inches -- the distance between the surface of the sofa and the top of my knee -- the distance Darby leaps up before jumping down to the floor.
26 inches, the distance between the top of my knee and the floor onto which Darby lands without a stumble and takes off running!

Darby should have found her forever home with someone like Taryn over at A Tail of Two Cardis.   I'd love to see what Darby could do with some real training and someone capable of running an agility course without falling on her face, and also able to memorize the order of the jumps, tunnels and walks of the course!   I think Darby is wasted on me -- but I'm sure happy to have her.

P.S.  Of course, I know I should train Darby so she doesn't leap over me like that.  We're working on it.  


scotsmad said...

A cat chase brings out the agility in all of us!

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Taryn said...

You'd be surprised at yourself. You should find a local class and give it a go....It is SO fun!