Friday, March 20, 2009

Caterpillar Cadets

We've made some new very clever furry friends at Dog Woods recently. It's interesting that they only appear on occassions when the cicadas are out in force ... (I tell you that buzzing din is enough to drown us Dog Woods concerted howls!).

Being nice, cute and furry like us canines at Dog Woods (minus the bark), our new clever furry friends have taught us all a thing or two about the 'Wriggling Crawling Formation.

In fact, in their short time at Dog Woods they've succeessfully formed the 'Caterpillar Cadets' known for its proud marches into all things green and leafy and leaving bare branches and wasting greens in its wake. There was serious talk about inviting us canines at Dog Woods to join since we more or less do similar landscaping/gardening work. However, being a proud old movement, the our clever furry caterpillar friends have insisted that in order to be properly fielded in as the FIRST Canine Caterpillar Cadets we had to learn to pass the 'Caterpilar Initiation Test'.
Now, the Initiation test requires the proud prospective cadet to perform what Caterpillars do best - a Wriggly Crawl! My Fur Kids were the most excited. This was something they DEFINITELY could do - fairly naturally too. In fact, they went so far as to have a competition amongst themselves who can do the silliest wriggling crawl!

This be Tubby wriggling down the slopes of Dog Woods

While this here be Dexter doing his own version of the side wriggle...

This here be Brandi and Dexter doing the 'Caterpillar Extension' while I supervised

That be flamboyant Wally attempt to crawl down the side of the tree ... he would have succeeded had it not been for gravity :p

That be Wally again, on his second wriggly crawly attempt, this time he chose something less flamboyant

This .... well, this be Brandi ... the potential junior Caterpillar cadet who thinks it's an earthworm!
And FINALLY, topping it all, this be the TOP DOG's version of 'Caterpillar Crawlies'.
'Crawling along, crawling along ...'

My furry caterpillar friends who were also the judges of the crawling contest were most impressed. In fact, they went on to conclude that at the rate we're showing such ingenious versions of Caterpillar wriggling crawls (including the 'deluded earthworm'), we'd all definitely pass our Initiation test and be fielded in as the FIRST Canine Caterpillar Cadets! Bow-wow-wow!!
Pee.Ess. The Chief thinks that Furry Caterpillars causes one to itch - how is that so?! Me thinks the fur's gotten to her brains ...


  1. Very impressive caterpillar wriggling going on there guys!
    We are proud to know the First Canine Caterpillar Cadets!! We expect you will now be able to work undercover and seek out all fallen crumbs, wherever they should fall!
    Such a handy move for under the bed/sofa......
    Have a good weekend
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  2. Excellent wriggling guys!
    Big licks to you

  3. Wow! We are friends with the First Canine Caterpillar Cadets! That puts you right up there with James Bond! Very cool!

    Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

  4. Congrats, that's sounds like quite the army you have joined. We hope you like the army life.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  5. Nice work on those wormy crawls. You've really got the technique down!

  6. Fantastic catewpillaw wiggling cwawls! Congwatulations on being accepted into the cadet cowps!
    I don't think I would be able to awe all sooo talented
    smoochie kisses

  7. Hey Tuffy, thanks for stopping by my bloggy. Caterpilly looks fun! I love rolling around and roaching.
    Love George

  8. How could they not be impressed, I sure is!
    Them caterpillars be very good teachers.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  9. That was great!!!! We are all chuckling away, even Mom, who hates caterpillars and cicadas.

    Please keep the cicadas in your area, they arrive here in July and August and they ARE noisy.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  10. Two Paws UP!! This is truly outstanding, and we are very egsited about your inishiashon. There is no kwestion that the Chief is confuzed, but you must be pashent with the humans. Outstanding wriggling of all styles. Truly ingeneyus! oh and also thank you for making us smile due to our very trubbled week topped off by our cuzins Pixie and Miss Bea not getting anything from the tooth fare-eez after visiting the V-E-T. Love, your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy!

  11. What a nice nature story! Good job

  12. Congratulations!
    Pawesome job with the Caterpillar wriggling crawls!
    Kisses and hugs

  13. Great crawling. Such a range of style. You must practice a lot.


  14. Wow, you guys do great caterpillar crawls. We just do lots of rolling in grass, dirt, mud, whatever.