I had a new experience today! I got to visit the USC campus for their “Pause for Paws” event. They have them pretty regularly. I’ve been to a college campus before, but this was a bigger, older campus. In fact, I hear it is pretty famous.
The event was super organized by the students. Somebody was waiting for me and my human right outside the parking structure, and she took us to the “Pause for Paws” spot. I had my own area because the dog with the other team wasn’t cat friendly. There was a friendly dog there, though — Beau, who is USC’s full time Wellness dog. He was funny because although he was so much bigger than me, he was a little bit scared of me! They got a photo of us together.
The students were thrilled that a therapy cat came to spend time with them! I constantly had a crowd around me. It was a little overwhelming at first, because I was so out in the open and not totally sure of my surroundings. After a while, my human let me stay in my carrier and kept it completely open so people could pet me. But you know me, I only stayed there a little and the moment I felt more confident, I wanted to wander and explore! I couldn’t, though — I had to stay in place and be adored by a bunch of college students. Yeah, that was actually pretty awesome!
My human enjoyed it too because it was a lot more informal than the hospital visits, and instead of asking if people wanted to see me, people just came over and sat down with us. Lots of the students told my human stories about their cats back home, and I could tell they missed them. I was glad I was there for them.
So what kept catching their eyes about me? My floofy toes? My green eyes? My fluffy tail? No, it was this:
The “Canine Good Citizen” badge on my therapy vest! They thought it was funny. Several of them took photos of it. I wish there were more therapy cats so we could have our own good citizen badges.