I got to visit with college students at Cal State Los Angeles yesterday! I went there once before a few months ago. It was a very new experience for me then, and I had been a little nervous being outside on campus.
Since I have been to USC a couple of times recently, my human felt I would be more comfortable, but she wanted to make extra sure. So she brought some extra special treats — some tasty Fancy Feast real chicken tenders. She hoped it would help me forget any nervousness I might have. Combined with my USC experiences, it worked! I was very happy visiting with the students, and one who had seen me before mentioned how much calmer I was. I even did a couple of High fives, although not consistently… and I rolled over so people could rub my tummy. Some students handled my floofy toes, and I was fine with that. A good therapy cat can be handled in many different ways, and is okay with them all. Oh, and everyone liked my tie!
The Cal State L.A. humans who put the therapy pet events together are very nice. They give the volunteers a gift bag with goodies like calming lotion (for humans), lip balm and sunscreen. My human and I do the therapy work because we like it, and that’s enough of a return for us. Gifts are a bonus and we appreciate them lots!
Then, of course, look who showed up! She was getting in the way so my human took her downstairs and put her in a room with her leftover lunch. She took her time, totally forgetting that she had left my bag of freeze dried chicken treats upstairs. When she remembered, she rushed back up to the living room, although she was pretty sure I couldn’t have possibly done that much damage.
I guess “that much damage” is relative. I didn’t get to eat many treats, but I did kind of make sort of a mess.
Was I sorry?
Yes! I was sorry I got caught.