I did therapy cat double duty this week! Originally I was only scheduled for Thursday, but I received a last minute request for Tuesday evening at the downtown campus of Cal State Los Angeles. It turned out to be a rather quiet visit. Me and a couple of small dogs just sat in one area of one of the floors, and a few students came by and visited. I had fun because I got to walk up and down the hallways a few times! That is one of the cool things about being leash trained — I get to explore.
My second visit this week was to one of my regular hospitals.
Recognize the chairs? Yeah, it was that hospital. I was the only therapy animal for this visit.
When I’m by myself, there’s an upside and a downside. If we aren’t working with a dog team, I am free to walk on my leash, and I like that. But it’s also hard because I can’t cover all the areas we are supposed to go to by myself. I had some really excellent visits, though! I made a teenage boy very happy, and a couple of middle-aged ladies really enjoyed visiting with me, plus I visited with several children too. The funny thing about the children is that my human is uncomfortable around kids… but I’m not! So my human lets me do all the work, and just makes sure the kids are gentle with me. That is why we’re such a good team. I’m more of a people kitty, and she’s not so much of a people person unless she’s talking about me.
On our way to sign out, a couple of men stopped to talk about me, and I was very patient and sat there on my leash while the humans all chatted. Then we ran into another woman who wanted to show me to her family. They were all delighted to see me. I hear that usually these therapy visits exhaust the dog or cat, and when they go home, they crash out for a couple of hours. The funny thing with me is I’m usually fine when I get home, and just return to normal. My human keeps an eye on me all the time when we visit to make sure I’m doing okay, and although we were very busy at the hospital, she never got a sense that I was getting tired or overwhelmed. In fact, I think she was more tired than me!