I had a special visit request from Cal State L.A.’s downtown campus. I had gone down there last year, and they wanted to have me back. So my human and I went. The building where the campus is located is only a couple of blocks away from the Metro Rail, so we used public transit to get down there. My human loathes driving downtown, especially during rush hour, which is when this visit was. Plus she wants me to get more used to the Metro Rail, since it’s convenient for some things she wants to do with me.
We got there a few minutes before the dog team — a goldendoodle named Hera — arrived, so I wandered around the hallways on my leash. When I came back, they asked my human if we wanted a table, and she said yes. She figured it would be easier for me to be elevated since I’m small.
Now, I have a confession to make. You will probably think it’s funny (because it is). As you know, cats thrive on routine. So when you have a therapy cat like me, it’s important to create routines around what we kitties do. When we have something familiar to hang a strange experience on, it makes the visits go easier for us. And I think you will be surprised when you hear what my routine trigger was for this visit!
There I was sitting on the table, getting ready for the students. But it didn’t feel quite right, and it was taking me a while to settle in. Then one of the guys brought a black cloth and covered the table with it. When he did that, it all made perfect sense! Because that is the first thing my human does when we go to work at a cat show — she covers the table where our benching area is located with a cloth. Once the table was covered, I knew exactly what I was supposed to do: visit with people, let them pet me and do tricks for them!
So I sat on the table and met lots of nice students and even gave some of them High Fives. And yes, I rang the bell too! About halfway through the visit, I laid down on the table, purred and made happy paws. I did that off and on for the rest of the time I was there.
The last few minutes of the visit, Hera and I walked by some of the classes to make sure everyone got to see us, and visit if we wanted. I wound up having an awesome time… and all it took was covering a table with a black cloth!
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