Blue Cat (Finally) Goes to the Zoo

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Blue Cat’s plan worked – he went to the zoo this week and had a wonderful time. Here are some pictures of his visit:

Elephants are really nice...

Elephants are really nice…

And elephants are really big!

And elephants are really big!

This elephant is looking for something to eat.

This elephant is looking for something to eat.

An elephant getting a carrot from the Scribe's Wife

An elephant getting a carrot from the Scribe’s Wife

Colorado in the Spring!

Colorado in the Spring!

Blue Cat finds another cat (a lioness)!

Blue Cat finds another cat (a lioness)!

Luckily the lioness is far away.

Luckily the lioness is far away.

Blue Cat and the Meercats

Blue Cat and the Meercats

Blue Cat was here! (not Kilroy)

Blue Cat was here! (not Kilroy)

Blue Cat is glad the mountain lions are on the other side of the glass!

Blue Cat is glad the mountain lions are on the other side of the glass!

Is that a lynx over there?

Is that a lynx over there?

Blue Cat and the Lynx

Blue Cat and the Lynx

It's a little snowy for May...

It’s a little snowy for May…

Ow! Snowballs can knock you over even in May!

Ow! Snowballs can knock you over even in May!

There really are river otters under that rock.

There really are river otters under that rock.

Blue Cat wants to grow up to be like this cat!

Blue Cat wants to grow up to be like this cat!

Let sleeping tigers lie...

Let sleeping tigers lie…

The rail is to keep Blue Cat out of the tiger's exhibit...

The rail is to keep Blue Cat out of the tiger’s exhibit…

Riding the tram is fun!

Guess who’s tired after a day at the zoo?

© William P Doyle, Jr  2014  All Rights Reserved

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Blue Cat Doesn’t Go to the Zoo (again)

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CM Zoo LogoBlue Cat likes to go to the zoo – it’s a great place to watch local people and exotic animals (or is that exotic people and local animals?) and there’s always something new to see. But Blue Cat has been missing his family’s weekly trips to the zoo (they are members, you know) and he needs to do something about that.

The problem is that it’s a challenge to start doing something new – Blue Cat tends to procrastinate setting up the trip until after the car has left. And so Blue Cat (like a good strategist) has come up with a plan to get started:

  1. Get it on the schedule: Blue Cat needs to find out when the next zoo trip is, and then schedule his next steps so he goes on the trip. Just having a list of things to do isn’t going to help – he needs to know when he needs to do them. Setting specific times will help him a lot.
  2. Get it on people’s minds: Next, Blue Cat needs to tell his family that he wants to go with them to the zoo. Not only does it get them to help him, but the commitment to go becomes public and something outside of himself. It’ll be harder for him to procrastinate if he knows others know his plan.
  3. Make it easy: The hardest part of going to the zoo for Blue Cat is making sure his family brings him along. That’s difficult when they have to track him down and make sure they have a big enough bag for him to travel in. He can make it easy by getting into someone’s purse the night before. Making your next step easier makes it more likely that you’ll actually do it.
  4. Make it fun: While people will do things on their own, it’s even more likely they’ll do things if they’re fun. Blue Cat is thinking of pinning a dollar bill to his tie so taking him will be more fun than not. Wouldn’t you bring someone who offers a prize? Of course, it would be better if he also brought ice cream.

Blue Cat is sure that his plan will work and that he’ll get to the zoo next week. So look for him at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado – and make sure you say “hello!”

© William P Doyle, Jr  2014  All Rights Reserved

Blue Cat Goes to the Zoo

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Blue Cat decided to celebrate his successful business trip (and making it home in one piece) by going to the zoo. Not just any zoo, either, but the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the best zoo Blue Cat and his family have ever been to – why you may ask? Because it has great stuff…

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It’s OK to be little at the zoo…

First of all, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is always upgrading its exhibits. No cages full of pacing animals here – they have natural habitat areas for most of their animals, with lots of interesting things for the animals to do. They just opened a new Africa exhibit, so now the elephants and rhino have wide-open areas to roam, with a waterfall and lots of vegetation. And they even have a zebra-sized ball for their zebras to play with.

Giraffes are always hungry!

Giraffes are always hungry!

They also have the best giraffe exhibit! If you get there at the right time, you can buy crackers or lettuce to feed the giraffes. The giraffes are friendly (sometimes too friendly, since they have long, slobbery tongues) and really interested in getting to know you so they can separate you from your crackers and lettuce.

Blue Cat had a great time at the zoo, and is looking forward to visiting there again soon. His family has a membership, so they can go as often as they want, and Blue Cat always gets in free because he’s so cool. Maybe he’ll see you there next time!

© William P Doyle, Jr  2013  All Rights Reserved.