Congratulations Alice! This pretty much raps it up for my coverage of the Cat Olympics. There are still one or two more events, but none that include our Alice. And, naturally, the whole Cat Olympics is now being eclipsed by the human version. But I’ll keep you posted about Alice’s other adventures. She always has some. She’s quite a cat.
[Top of the post: Alice with her medal, as drawn by the young artist.]
Alice is doing well in the first rounds of Cat Fishing Competitions at Beijing. As you probably know, the cats have to climb down the ropes, catch a fish at the rope’s end, and successfully carry the fish back up the rope to the end. So far Alice has only dropped one fish and hasn’t fallen into the water even once. (Cats hate that, you know.)
She’s been doing fabulously well at this Olympics! I’ll keep you posted on her progress.
[Top of the post: Summer Olympic: Fishing Competition, by the young artist of the household]
Mouse tennis is not an Olympic sport with which most people are familar. The name may mislead you. It’s not a game for mice. It is a game cats play with mice. (Poor mouse!) It is very much like regular tennis, only some unfortunate mouse has to be the ball. Alice has made a very strong showing from the beginning, but had to earn her triumph.
Alice the Cat beat Miss Callico and won the match in an 8-6 nail-scratcher. The match started slowly, with Miss Callico going up three games to none, but Alice the Cat came back to tie it 4-4. Afterwards they traded games until Alice finally won two in a row to take the match. As you can see, the crowd went wild. Congratuations Alice!
For mouse lovers in the audience, you’ll be glad to know the tennis mouse escaped before the traditional, triumphant mouse “snack” could take place. Consequently Alice celebrated her win after the game with a bowl of dim sum over at Sagwa’s house.
[Top of the post: Alice’s Mouse Tennis match at the Beijing Olympics, by the young artist on the premises]
Did you even know there was a Cat Olympics? I didn’t. We were aware that Alice is much traveled, and even that she speaks Chinese. In fact she was in China when the PBS television show Sagwa was being made. Actually she and Sagwa are pals! Imagine, Alice nobnobbing with celebrities! But we were not aware of her interest in athletic competitions or that she had qualified for the Cat Olympics.
Well, in the first competition, Alice is a winner! For those who don’t know, the Cat Olympics preceeds the Human ones. And Alice’s first competition was Marathon Tree Climbing, where each cat must climb 26 trees! As you can see above, Alice was in an early lead.
I’ll try to keep you posted how Alice is doing. We’re all so excited here with our amazing toy — oops — sorry, it’s just slipped. Officially speaking, Alice is not a toy. (She’s very sensitive on that issue.)
[Top of the post: Alice’s First Event, Marathon Tree Climbing, by the younger artist]