Leafy had developed a decently strong bond with Kuru. They had traversed the mansion many times, but she had yet to properly train him. Now, she sought to rectify that. She wanted a change of scenery, so she headed to a section of the park she hadn’t been yet. This area was more open than she was used to. In the winter, she would take any extra sunlight she could get! Therefor, she’d chosen an area that had less foliage to block out the sun.
“Alright Kuru, you might be an adult now, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start with the basics. If we want to get anywhere, I need to train you to recognize your name.”
Training a blind pet their name would be a bit different. She wouldn’t be able to track his eyes to ensure that he was looking at her. Instead, she’d need a different type of confirmation. She was decently sure that Kuru already had some foundation for understanding his name and she’d like to see how he would respond if she called to him formally.
Kuru raised his head, indication that he had heard the sound. He pushed himself into a standing position and stepped closer to Leafy. Then, he waited patiently in front of her. The girl watched him for a moment, curious to see what his intentions were.
“Kuru!” she tried saying his name again.
This time, Kuru tilted his head, as though considering his next action. After a few moments, he opened his mouth and tried to sound out his name. “K-k-ku.”
The sound was surprising to Leafy. She knew that Kuru had the capability to learn speech, but he had been unusually silent before now. Was he trying to sound out his name? That would be a good start.
“Kuuuuu-rrrrrruuuuu. Kuru!” She tried to help him out by dragging out the sounds in his name. She then leaned closer and tapped his shoulders, trying to indicate that Kuru was him. “You are Kuru!”
Kuru paused for a moment. His ears were pricked forward in alertness. He appeared to be waiting for Leafy to stop speaking before taking his turn once again.
Leafy’s eyes lit up. It wasn’t his full name, but it was a start! She grabbed a treat out of the treat bag and held it out for him. “Good start, Kuru!” She praised him.
The Felusine tentatively took the treat. His personality dictated that he consider everything with caution. Perhaps that was just a natural effect from being blind. He ate quickly, faster than Leafy would have thought.
“Are you ready to try again? Say it with me! Kuuuruuu!” She extended the letters once again, trying to help him figure out the sounds.
The Felusine swiveled his ears around, trying to take the noises in. “Kuuuuruuuu.”
This time he got through the entire name. Leafy was quick to praise him and give him another treat.
It wasn't enough for him to simply sound out the letters in his name. Leafy needed him to say it concisely as well as understand that his name was what she called him. "Say it your name again. It needs to be a bit shorter. Like this, Kuru!"
She spoke quickly and clearly. The Felusine pricked his ears forward as he listened to her voice. "Kuru!" He repeated with more confidence than he had before.
"Perfect! That's exactly right! That earns you another treat!"
She placed her hand underneath his snout, carefully balancing a treat within the palm of her hand. Kuru leaned closer and delicately took the treat from her. She'd assumed that training a blind pet would be more difficult, but she supposed as long as she wasn't training battle moves, it wouldn't have too much of an impact. Instead of relying on visual cues, she would need to use touch signals.
It felt a bit strange to treat Kuru just like her other pets, but she knew fundamentally that he was smarter than an average creature. He hadn't picked up on language yet, but she was here to teach him. Even if her interest in teaching was minimal at best. If she could get some of the basic commands down, then she could continue teaching language in a more exciting environment.
"Kuru. You are Kuru." She spoke softly to him, touching his fur each time she said his name.
It was a bit difficult to convey the meaning of a name through touch, but she hoped that it would help his understanding somewhat. For her other pets, she required them to look at her when she spoke their names as signal that they understood. But Kuru's blindness was an issue here. If she could get him to repeat his name after she called it out, perhaps that would be indication enough.
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
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