A Hurdle to My Happiness

What's going on?

What’s going on?

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, y’all. MelT’s been lazy.

Do you ever have that feeling that something bad is about to happen? I had that the other day. Strange things started appearing in our house. Things that seemed to have no purpose. You can see them in the background of this photo. Come to think of it, Driftwood is also in the background and I don’t know what his purpose is either. I went to MelT to ask her what was up. I shouldn’t have done that.

Does it bite?

Does it bite?

Of course, I was suspicious. It didn’t look like it had anything to do with water though so I judged it as harmless. That was a hard lesson to learn!

In retrospect, I should have known what was coming. I am very naive for a capybara.

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Early training

Oh treats! What I won’t do for you! I wish I didn’t have such a taste for rat chow. I think this is why rats re always fat.

You can see what happened. Slowly but surely, she tricked me into jumping. It was a test of wills and she won. That wasn’t the end of her winning streak either.

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Middle training



MelT stopped giving me treats unless I actually jumped. I could see it coming but I couldn’t hold out any longer. Anyway, I’m pretty darned athletic, aren’t I? I bet other capybaras can’t jump like that. Or they don’t have to.

One bad thing leads to another. As soon as she got me jumping the hurdle, she moved on to other things.

Capybara tunneling

Capybara tunneling

She got this cat tunnel is ostensibly for Driftwood but I have to admit, it’s kind of fun for capybaras too. Going through the tunnel was much more fun than jumping the hurdle, especially when I chased Driftwood through it!

It need another exit.

It need another exit

There’s nothing I like more than a toy I can customize. That tunnel was sorely lacking in entrances, exits, and windows. I fixed that.

MelT didn’t leave it at hurdling and tunneling, of course she had to stuff in one more trick, push the button. That is a very easy trick and results in sufficient treats to make it more than worthwhile.

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Three tricks perfected

That’s about it for this blog post. I hope not to let such a long interval go by before I post again. I also hope it will not be a post about new tricks. Or water, especially swimming. No about of treats is going to make me do that.



9 comments to A Hurdle to My Happiness

  • Margaret

    Muddy – that MelT sure is tricky, isn’t she? Tunnels are lots of fun. My sister and I had one when we were young humans. We spent hours playing in it. My guinea pigs also like tunnels. Speaking of guinea pigs, how is WBB1 doing lately?

  • ladyclodia

    You’re so talented, Muddy! Keep up the good work!

  • Francine Hibiscus

    You are ready forthe capylimpics!

  • Garibaldi Rous

    WBB1 is fine. MelT says he needs to go on a diet. I hope she never says that to me.

  • rosenatti

    Muddy, you are athleticism personified.

  • Rawil

    Muddy, you are a real athlet! Show yourself in swimming and diving as well!

  • Fred Ross

    Wow, Melanie and Mudskipper! I can’t believe how much bigger Mudskipper has grown … and what a smart fellow he’s becoming under your watchful eye and patience! Pretty soon Mudskipper will be doing triple axles and solving graduate-level multiple regression analysis problems! He’s a regular olympian among capybaras! Does Driftwood ever become envious of him?

  • What a smart little cappy you are! You knew the treats were in Melly’s lap, no matter how much she tried to distract you with that stick. Is that a blue hippo on the end of it?
    I can imagine how much fun it was to chase Driftwood through the tunnel, I bet you both were laughing. And I agree that more tunnels need windows, it would make them brighter.
    Enjoyed the videos & pics as always. Thanks to Melly for posting them.

  • Megan

    So athletic and talented, Muddy!

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