Welcome to the third and final class in my series – “The Fine Art of Counter Surfing”. Hopefully you have been studying courses 101 and 201 and working on the homework exercises. If you missed either course, you can find them by clicking the links: Beginning Counter Surfing 101 and Intermediate Counter Surfing 201. I am really excited because today we are going to put everything we learned together, grab, enjoy the food and receive no blame! Let’s get started!
A lot of my shorter friends, especially in single pet homes, have been concerned they will never be able to reach the counter. Let me tell you, I call it counter surfing, but the surfing can take place using my techniques wherever the food is – counters, tables, coffee tables, picnic tables, picnic blankets, anywhere really.
My first grab and eat for this post could not have been more perfect. I elected to use my friend and B&B guest, Buddy, as my distraction while Mom was making her lunch. As luck would have it, my cat Sophie was sitting at the counter during my surfing adventure which made the blame game all that much easier! I started by just hanging out looking all innocent, waiting for Buddy to bring the toys to distract mom. Once mom turned to pay attention to Buddy, I made my move. A quick and quiet nose on the counter, grab food with mouth, hit the floor, and gobble it up. Return to innocent position, and blame the cat that is sitting right where the missing food was! The look on Sophie’s face is priceless! She knows she is going to take the fall even though she did nothing. Who cares, she doesn’t like dogs anyway!
For my second attempt, I used my cat bro Bert who, himself, is food crazed. I hung out in the hall by the kitchen waiting for the food. Bert stared down the food at the counter. When mom turned to wash the lettuce, he made his move! Grab, get a firm hold, jump down and run to me. Since I am smarter than he is, when he dropped it before eating I scared him away leaving the meat on the floor for me to take! Ingenious, and who gets the blame because they were front and center at the crime scene? The cat, of course!
Now for the most amazing news! I have the first graduate of my counter surfing courses and she graduated with honors as she fooled not only Mom, she fooled me, the teacher! Yes, my sister Katie, at age eleven, has secretly been studying my courses, and yesterday she sprung her knowledge on mom and I. We were going to a birthday party at the dog park. Mom brought a few pieces of red licorice out to the car to eat on the road. Katie loves red licorice, and sometimes Mom shares a bite or two with Katie, but not yesterday. I went to the back of the car. Mom helped me get into my seat belt and get strapped in (I was her distraction). Then she called Katie. Katie was in the driver’s door of the car chewing and did not come like she should. What did mom find out? Yep, Katie, the dog that never steals (she sure perfected that technique), had stolen Mom’s licorice! For such an excellent performance I awarded her my Certificate of Excellence. We have no footage of this monumental event as it caught us totally off guard! Way to go big sis!
Now friends, if my eleven year old sister can pull this off, fooling even her teacher, any of you can do it. Remember that practice makes perfect and:
The secret to successful counter surfing lies in your ability to properly portray your innocence.
Hope you have enjoyed this little series and have learned some helpful tips. Feel free to share any tips you have or counter surfing successes in the comments!