World Records have always fascinated me. I went to the Museum a long time ago as a child and read through several editions of the book. Their criteria for a record has also been a source of bemusement. I would never grow my nails to the length of the record-holder, for example. My wife would kill me if I even got 1/1,000ths there. This video of Robert Dollwet and his cat Didga setting the record for most tricks in a minute.
Dollwet, who lives in Australia, starts the segment by having her do things like sit, touch a coin, give him her paw, high-five, other paw, wave, roll over, stand, stop, jump up on his hands, shuffle left, shuffle right, spin around, and jump off his hands onto his leg and onto a skateboard. That’s not all, I’m just going by my memory of what I saw on the video. It is pretty cool, though there are a few that I might not deem “tricks” but then again, that’s just me.
Finally, we get to see the best trick. Dollwet rolls the skateboard towards a bar that’s held up by two cups. As the skateboard goes under the bars, Didga jumps and lands back on the skateboard. That’s Trick No. 20. Awesome. Or as Dollwet says, “Pawesome.” He trains her by using kangaroo meat as a reward. It works really well and she can ride a skateboard down the street too. How excited is she to be in the Guiness Book of World Records? She rubs against it with her face and knocks it over. That excited.
I have always been of the opinion that you can’t train cats. Looks like I was wrong here. Then again, this cat’s probably an anomaly. Dollwet does admit that she has her moods. There were times that they would be ready to film a trick and she would just be like, “Whatever. I don’t want to do this.” Hmmmm. Sounds like every other cat that I know. Though kudos to Didga and Dollwet for their being in the Guiness Book of World Records.
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