Of course I can go to cat shows within driving distance from my house, but my human wanted to take me to this past weekend’s show in Portland for a special reason: we had to fly there, and she wanted to see how I did on a plane. The flight was just a little over two hours, perfect for a first time. Actually I thought the drive from where we live in Northeast L.A. down to Los Angeles International Airport was the most annoying part of the trip up! My human had to take me out of my carrier to go through TSA, and I stood on the table and people watched while they checked her hands for bomb residue or whatever they’re checking for. I also got to hang around outside of my carrier at the gate while we waited to board.
I really wanted to explore and say hi to people, but my human wouldn’t let me — out of her own laziness. She did not want to follow me around carrying her laptop bag and my carrier, because there was no one to watch over them. I think that was a poor excuse.
Eventually I settled down on a chair until we were called to board. A couple of women came up to pet me because they missed their cats at home. I was wondering if the cats at my home missed me!
When we got on the plane, my human stuck me and her laptop under the seat for the duration of the flight. I would have liked to have had my own seat, but apparently airlines don’t “do” that. I did not mind the flight as much as the car. The only time I got upset was when the plane started shaking a bit. That part didn’t bother me — it was my human opening the carrier to pet me, and then zipping it up again without taking me out! For a moment there, I thought I was free, and I was so disappointed when I wasn’t. I complained loudly about that, but only meowed quietly a few times for the rest of the flight.
The short trip from the Portland airport to the hotel was very cool because my human and I were driven there by the human of the Colehaus Cats! She even made up a sign with our names on it so we could easily find her! I got to hear all sorts of things about my pals. And what’s more, she had a gift bag for us! It was even paw-painted by Quint!
It was full of crinkly paper, tissue paper — and cat toys! Plus some treats for my human to keep up her energy during the cat show (going from ring to ring involves a lot of walking, and occasionally running).
Plus there was also a really sweet card. Thank you! You really made us feel welcome in Portland!
The hotel turned out to be really nice. We stayed on the 10th floor.
There was an amazing view of the park!
The bed was comfy, even if my human used most of the pillows to block me from climbing behind the headboard (she was only partly successful).
The bathroom was nice too! My litter box was set up next to my human’s.
The next day at the cat show, there was more fun when Angel and Isabella’s human showed up and watched me compete in some rings! There were even a couple of photos on their blog yesterday. My human has met her before and they chatted lots.
Later on, the Colehaus Cats’ human showed up at the cat show, and so did Cory and her family’s human… and the human of the PDX Pride, which includes one of my therapy cat heroes, Tabby! Can you imagine, all these humans showed up just to see me! My human invited them up to our hotel room for a bit. I thought it was strange at first because I’ve never had guests in my room before, but once I realized they were all there to worship me, I had a great time being hostess! I held court in my favorite chair… and all over the hotel room, actually. The next day, another human that my human and Sparkle knew from social media visited; she wrote a very charming children’s book called The Too True Adventures…: NeeNee and Furrends Explore the Neighborhood. It features special needs kitties and teaches love and acceptance. This human even filmed me on the judging table and posted it on Facebook! We had lots of fun with her.
Early the next morning, my human and I headed home. We were kind of sad to leave Portland, even though we were happy to get back to L.A.
Don’t I look like a seasoned traveler?
And I brought home gifts from Portland! Many of you know that one of Cory’s family members, Jonesie, is an expert gardener, and her human brought a bag of fresh nip right from their garden! It was very strong! Binga almost instantly got stoned, and so did Boodie.
And our friend from Sunday night brought some primo nip bud with her! Binga, who was already stoned from Jonesie’s nip, tried to eat it all! My human had to snatch it away because she is saving some of the seeds to plant.
Our friends in Portland were fun and more than generous! I hope I get to come back soon.
See all of Summer’s merch at her Designercat Shop, available on Zazzle.