I got a last minute call to fill in an empty spot at one of the USC “Pause for Paws” therapy pet visits. My human and I jumped at the opportunity! It’s hard sometimes to sign up for those — they are popular among the therapy teams. It was very cool. The USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion even announced I was there on their Instagram account:
The dog for the other therapy team this visit was Maya, who is not cat-friendly. Or rather, she is maybe too cat friendly — when she saw me, she wanted nothing more than to come over to me, and kept whining and barking. Finally, her human brought her over to see if checking me out up close would calm her down. It did for a moment — she even gave my paw a little kiss — but as soon as she went back to her spot, she started acting up again. So the students had to separate our tents so I was out of her vision. Her owner told my human, “If Summer gave her a whap, she would totally leave her alone.” But whapping isn’t in my vocabulary! In fact, I only smack Binga if she hits first, and sometimes not even then.
Anyhow, lots of students came by to see me! So many of them told my human and I about the cats they have back home that they miss. One of them even has a blind kitty. The spot where they have the Pause for Paws changes every time I go, and this visit was in front of the gym and swimming pool. So a lot of people in workout clothes and with wet hair stopped to pet me. My favorite visit happened at the end. Two cat-loving girls were hanging out with me and they started chatting with each other — and found out they were from the same state, and didn’t live that far from each other! They were studying completely different subjects, but they had a whole lot to talk about. So lots of fun things happen at these visits, and not always cat related.
Oh, and the title to this post? A lot of students commented on how small I was, and that their cats at home were so much bigger. (Well, so are Binga and Boodie.) So that kind of made me the little cat on campus.