If I let him, Jack would spend hours staring at cats. It's a habit I try to discourage--unless we're going to the vet.
Vet offices provide loads of distractions for busy Border collies. Rather than letting other dogs, people, smells and treats distract him, I let Jack, the Border collie, stare at Dewey Kitty who was sitting rather unhappily in his cat carrier.
Dewey Kitty is no fan of vet visits nor car rides. After receiving his vaccinations and examination, he sulked in the cat carrier that was perched on the bench.
Jack, who was visiting the vet for his periodic adjustment and massage, paid no attention ran her hands over him and manipulated his joints. His eyes were on the cat.
When the vet showed Jack the spinal accelerometer, a little hand-held device that looks like a power drill and makes popping noises, Jack didn't react. His eyes were on the cat.
But when the hand-held device popped behind his ear, Jack, all 48 pounds of him, dropped to the floor.
We got him back on his feet and showed him the device. He stared at the kitty.
The device popped, and Jack dropped again.
"It's the cat," I said. "He thinks he's in trouble for staring at the cat."
"I hope I haven't given him a fear of cats," the vet said, as she worked on him on the floor, out of view of the cat.
When finished, Jack stood--and returned to staring at the cat.