I had a blast at the NW Pet and Companion Fair on Saturday and yesterday! I saw many of my friends and family, and met some new friends. I even got a new outfit from WildChild! Mommy and I did a stage presentation about feline-assisted therapy and how to get started in animal-assisted therapy. Mommy talked about how she trained me, and I demostrated how calm I am (by falling asleep on stage!) and showed off how I hug when being carried. It was really fun!
There was a not-so-fun part, though. A husky bit me when we first got there on Saturday! It actually was going to carry me off somewhere, with a not-good ending. *shivers* The owner, who was on the other end of the leash, was 3 feet away and looking the other way, not paying attention to the tugging on the leash. Mommy was pushing me in my stroller, and the husky charged the stroller, grabbed me behind the shoulderblades, and lifted me up a few inches! Mommy charged the dog with a "Drop it now!" command, which the dog luckily obeyed the first time! I was not hurt physically, and the bite did not break the skin. The lady's comment when Mommy Cai confronted her? "I didn't think anyone would bring a cat to a dog show!" Mommy Cai responded, "It's a pet fair!" and pointed to the sign. The organizers went after the lady after Mommy made sure that her dog had the proper vaccinations. I was ok after about a half hour of snuggling and being petted.
One lady who attended our presentation may want to adopt Autumn! And, if that weren't enough of a highlight, Jennifer at Spot Magazine wants to interview us later on this year about our work in animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities! Very cool!
Here's a video slideshow of our weekend! We met up with Panther's Mommy Cai, Mommy Erin, Coriel, JJ, Erin's friend Amanda and her son Matthew, and Auntie Michelle McClintock and her brother on Saturday. We also saw my birdie friend Athena from last year's fashion show! On Sunday, we saw human Athena and her family, who are friends we know from Grammy's kitty blankets for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.