She was SURE there was something down there and she’d just be able to GET it if she’d be able to dig faster! But it kept digging and tunneling away from her. Eventually she had to admit defeat. With a whine and another huff, she sat back on her rump and stared at the hole. Some water slowly started to fill it up. She hadn’t noticed that before, but her paws were pretty muddy now. She shook them out.
Still, after the other two crates, he was a bit hesitant about going inside. It just seemed so much smaller than the others. Kadin tossed in some treats, but instead of going right in, he leaned into the crate and grabbed some of the treats before backing out again. In response, Kadin just tossed all the treats into the very back so he had to go back there in order to get them. Never one to turn down treats, Cirrus finally walked into the crate. Kadin didn’t block the way this time, letting him go in, turn around, accept some more treats, then walk out again. He was definitely less comfortable with this crate than he’d been with the other two.
Then she stood up and started wandering over to the water. Maybe she could find something in there? She stared down at the water, watching the light reflect off the ripples. It was pretty! She bit at it, but she couldn’t catch any of the rainbows. But then she looked deeper in the water, seeing… stuff! In it! Oh, they were moving! Were those fish? She tried to sniff the water, but it was hard to smell anything through water!
They’d get there when they got there. He put more treats into the back of the crate. When Cirrus went to get them, he closed the door behind him this time. When Cirrus turned around after eating all the treats, Kadin fed him one through the bars and praised him for being such a good houluh before opening the crate again. Cirrus jumped out happily, sniffing around for more treats from Kadin. Kadin pet him and rubbed him down a bit, then put more treats into the back of the crate.
They repeated this until Cirrus would go into the crate, eat his treats, turn around, and not immediately leave once Kadin opened the door again. Instead, he stood there, happily accepting more treats from Kadin.
Since she couldn’t smell it and it was hard to see it, she wasn’t sure if she could catch it. But she was sure going to try! Cookie plunged her face into the water, biting here and there and all over to place to try and catch the fish. But when she lifted her face up, nothing! She huffed in disappointment, sad that the fish was so hard to catch. But she wasn’t going to give up now! She looked down into the water, staring, to see if she could find more fish.
Kadin kept offering him the treats every could of seconds. Then every couple of minutes. Then he’d close the door again and give him the treats through the door. He’d still open it back up, occasionally, just to check on Cirrus, but he didn’t seem too bothered by being inside there anymore. Eventually, Kadin was just sitting next to the crate with the door closed with Cirrus inside and he seemed perfectly content to be there, laying down with his tail wagging and eyes on Kadin, waiting for more treats. Kadin did give him more treats occasionally, but at infrequent intervals. Now that Cirrus was completely relaxed inside there, he’d call this part of his training done.
Sadly, there weren’t any more fish where she was looking. All of the splashing had really scared them away. Cookie whined at that, upset that there weren’t any fish for her to try and get! She paced up and down the bank, looking at the water, but they weren’t coming back! She decided next she needed to run down the bank again, splashing through the water here and there as she went, eyes out looking for fish.
Next up was something Cirrus was sure to enjoy even more. Kadin brought back out one of the rope toys he’d used earlier with Cookie and tempted Cirrus with it. The pup immediately jumped at the chance to play tug, grabbing the toy in his mouth. Kadin tugged on it, playfully, encouraging Cirrus to tug harder and harder until- there! Cirrus growled!
“Growl! Good boy!” Kadin praised, offering him a treat for it. Confused, Cirrus dropped the toy to get the treat, but when Kadin put the toy in his face again he happily grabbed it. They played tug for a little more until Cirrus got so into it he started growling again. “Growl!” Kadin said. “Good boy, Cirrus!” He encouraged, stopping to give him another treat.
The more she ran, the more fish swam away from her! Cookie yipped in delight, chasing fish threw the shallows as she ran along the banks. There were so many of them! No wonder there hadn’t been any in that one spot, they were all over the place instead! She splashed through the water, jaws snapping as she kept trying to catch fish, but they all just kept swimming away from her instead.
Cirrus wagged his tail, pleased to both be playing and getting treats!
They continued like this for a while more. Kadin and Cirrus would play tug, Cirrus would start to growl, Kadin would make the growl and give him a treat for it. Kadin repeated teaching him the word and marking his growls a good ten more times before trying something new. This time, he was going to tell Cirrus to growl before he even started.
Cirrus grabbed the toy again after he’d accepted the last treat and praise from Kadin. Kadin tugged on the toy a bit, then said, “Growl!”
Cirrus tugged harder. Kadin tried again. “Growl!” He encouraged. This time, Cirrus did start to growl, getting into the tugging and very excited to be playing with Kadin.
It was almost like they didn’t want to be caught! Imagine that. But Cookie wasn’t discouraged! She kept running along, looking for a really good spot to catch fish. It was almost like she was taking special effort to get as dirty as possible along the way, too. If Kadin could see her now, he’d probably despair at the bath she’d have in store once they got home. But for now she was free as the wind! Looking for fish!
“Good boy!” Kadin praised, offering him several treats for a job well done. They repeated that for a while longer next. Kadin would start playing with Cirrus again, encourage him to growl and stop to give him a treat once he did. He kept repeated that for a while longer, too, telling Cirrus to growl and waiting for him to do so before giving him a treat and praising him. He wanted to make sure he was growling right away and with no hesitation when it was on command.
The one downside was? His growl was downright cute. Kadin was sure that it would probably be deeper and more intimidating once he was older, but right now at this very moment?
The worst thing was that she could SEE them there in the water, but they kept running away from her! So Cookie had no choice but to keep chasing them! She splashed through the water, barking with excitement and joy, chasing down whatever fish were foolish enough to catch her eye. She still wasn’t any closer to catching one. In truth, she was chasing away literally all of the fish in the area by making so much noise.
He nearly had to hold in some laughter at how cute it sounded.
Still, once they’d practiced plenty of growling while playing, Kadin moved on to a different toy. He didn’t want Cirrus to think that growling was exclusive to the rope toy. He grabbed a squeaky duck that was long enough to still play tug with and offered it to Cirrus. “Growl!” Kadin encouraged, grinning when the houluh pup started growling cutely around the toy. He stopped to give him a treat and praise him. They practiced for a bit more with the duck, Kadin wanting to make sure he had it down no matter what toy he had. Then he grabbed a stick. He figured now he needed to get Cirrus to start growling on his own.
But she was having too much fun to think about things like that. So she just kept running and barking and having a grand old time. Eventually, all young houluh tired themselves out. She laid out in the mud on the bank, stretched out as far as she could go, panting in the cool mud. Gosh, that just felt so good! She rolled around some, too, just for good measure. The mud felt great in her fur and on her skin when she was so hot!
In other words, when he didn’t have anything in his mouth so he’d lower the toy size until they got there.
“Growl!” Kadin encouraged once Cirrus bit down on the stick. He started growling right away, tail wagging hard in joy. “Good boy!” Kadin encouraged, giving him another treat. He repeated the same thing with the stick for a while longer. Kadin holding one end of the stick and encouraging Cirrus to growl with the other end in his mouth. After he was confident with Cirrus growling every time, he let go of the stick entirely.
“Growl!” He encouraged. Cirrus held the stick in his mouth, tilting his head, confused. He wasn’t sure what Kadin wanted.
She could just lay out here like this forever and never want to go back to being dry every again. In fact, that’s what she was going to do! She started rolling around more in the mud.
Then, he bounced down into a play bow and growled playfully at Kadin. “Good boy!” Kadin praised, giving him several treats for a job well done. He picked up the stick and played with Cirrus for a little bit, then he let go and tried again.
“Growl!” He encouraged. Cirrus growled around the stick in his mouth, tail wagging hard. “Good boy!” Kadin praised, giving him a treat and playing with him again, tugging at the stick playfully. Cirrus danced around, pleased to be playing this fun game.
Next, Kadin took the stick from Cirrus. “Growl!” He encouraged. Cirrus whined instead, wanting the stick! “Growl!” Kadin reminded him. Sitting down on his rump, Cirrus growled, his eyes fixed on the stick. “Good! Good boy!” Kadin said happily, giving Cirrus the stick back and playing with him as a reward. They continued this for a while longer, too, Kadin encouraging Cirrus to growl with nothing in his mouth at all, then playing with him as a reward once he’d growled correctly.
After rolling around for a while, Cookie finally sighed and closed her eyes. Maybe she should take a quick nap. She felt so relaxed out here, covered in mud. She didn't want to do anything else but stay here, laying in the mud forever! And the sun was beating down on her, baking her into the mud, relaxing her further. This was really the best. Not quite better than playing a bunch of games with her human, but it was still pretty good.
Alright, next up was something that Cirrus probably wasn’t going to enjoy too much. For this, Kadin needed to make some noise. And a lot of it. For that, he had several things on his person. He started them off with a radio. He set up the radio and turned it on to a fairly low volume, watching Cirrus for a reaction. Cirrus just sort of sat there, waiting for something interesting to happen. “Good boy.” Kadin encouraged, giving him a pat on the head and turning the radio up.
Cirrus tilted his head at it, puzzled by all the noise that was coming from the radio. He wasn’t too bothered by it, but he was paying attention to it.
After napping for a while, Cookie was suddenly woken up from a loud noise. She perked up, ears raised, looking around with wide eyes. Where was that coming from? She rolled back to her feet, sniffing the air, to see if there was anything that she could see around. She wasn’t sure where it was coming from but it was very loud and she didn’t like it! She didn’t know if she even wanted to go near it with how loud it was!
“Cirrus?” Kadin said, pleased when he looked over at him instead of paying attention to the radio. “Good boy!” He praised, giving him a treat. It was nice that he wasn’t freaking out just yet, but that also meant it was time for Kadin to push his luck a bit.
Kadin turned up the radio even louder and moved around to different channels. He finally found one that played noise like you might hear in a park. Bird calls, dogs barking, even some cats meowing. Cirrus seemed much more curious in it now, sniffing at the radio, curiously. Kadin waited and watched. The houluh sniffed around the radio, tilting his head this way and that, unsure what to make of it.
She got a little bit closer, but it was kind of annoying. She saw the human and the other houluh, Cirrus, hanging out around a noisy box for some reason. She didn’t like it! She growled at all the noise, backing away and shaking her head. She refused to deal with this! it was too loud! She was going to go back to looking for fish. Snorting, she trotted over to the river to see if she could see anything swimming around in there.
He eventually came over to Kadin, whining and pawing at him. “Good boy.” Kadin said, trying to be soothing. “Good Cirrus.” He offered him another treat, petting him behind the ears and comforting him with all the noise around him.
Kadin waited, still petting at Cirrus and waiting until he relaxed before turning up the volume even more. This time, Cirrus barked. He could hear dogs barking! And birds! And all kinds of other noises! He barked back, bounding over to the radio and back to Kadin again, getting all worked up. Kadin just waited. He needed Cirrus to be calm around a lot of noise and all that needed was patience. All he needed to do was wait.
Cookie stared down at the water, looking for any fishies. She could see some! They were down there, swimming around, and she wanted to catch them! She growled, butt wiggling playfully, as she watched the fish swim around. But the further she leaned out over the water, the most swam away! Once she was close enough that she thought she’d be able to get one, they swam away from her!
He just sat there and waited, remaining calm, and hoping that Cirrus would take his cues from him. It took a while, but eventually Cirrus did calm down, huffing and walking over to sit with Kadin. He huffed some more, glancing at the human and back at the radio again, clearly feeling that something was wrong here, but Kadin was acting calm so maybe he should be calm, too?
Kadin pet Cirrus, talking to him soothingly. As Cirrus relaxed, Kadin offered him treats and distractions to the loud, interesting noise. He kept trying to calm him down, waiting until Cirrus laid down a relaxed on his own. Once he got that far, Kadin kept showing him with praise and petting him even more until he was sure Cirrus was truly relaxed.
She whined, frustrated that they were getting away from her! She paws at the water, wanting the fish to come back! But when she splashed at the water, more fish swam away! She couldn’t win at all! Cookie sat down on the bank, whining to herself, with all the fish she wanted to catch far, far away from her. What was she supposed to do if none of the first would get close to her? She couldn’t get them that way!
Then he leaned over to change the channel and turn up the volume even more.
This time it landed on a station that was playing something like rock. This time it was EXTREMELY loud. Even Kadin was a bit upset about it, but he kept himself calm and relaxed to try and keep Cirrus relaxed, too. It did not work at first. Cirrus leapt up, barking at the crazy loud music that was coming from the weird box! He didn’t like it! It was too loud! He barked and barked, but it wouldn’t stop! Kadin pat his back, trying to distract him with treats. At first, Cirrus did not want to be distracted! He wanted to bark at the box!
Cookie backed up from the bank and laid down, watching the water. If the fish wouldn’t come to her when she was watching them, she needed them to not know that she was watching them! They couldn’t see her as easy if she was away from the bank, so she’d stay here to see if she could tempt them over that way! She stared at the water, waiting for the fish to come over, hoping that they’d come if she wasn’t too nearby.
But Kadin kept talking to him soothingly, talking him away from the mean loud box.
Eventually his barking died down a bit and he accepted a treat. But then he started barking again when a new song started! But then Kadin was offering him more treats so he turned to accept them. But he still wanted to bark at the strange box! But Kadin kept talking to him instead… With a huff, Cirrus turned away from the box and gobbled up the treats. He sat down next to Kadin’s side, still staring at the box. Kadin waited, patient with him. He tempted him away from staring at the radio, offering more treats and talking to him soothingly.
Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6