My therapy visit this week was at USC. I generally have mixed feelings about my visits there. I love the attention I get from the students. They really make me feel like a celebrity! But the visits there are outdoors, which I’m not fond of, especially since I don’t go there often enough to get used to them. Plus the locations are frequently different. So it takes me longer to adjust being there than my usual visits to indoor facilities.
This visit was in a courtyard, and they even had a sign for me!
My human knew I might be a little nervous and uncomfortable for the first part of my time there. So even though I was surrounded by happy students, squeeing and taking photos, she did not take her hand off me once for like half an hour. She wanted me to know I was safe, and kept petting me. She didn’t start taking her hand away until I started doing tricks for her and eagerly begging for treats. So in spite of the outdoors and extra noise, and some construction going on in the building not far from the courtyard, I did okay!
And that was a good thing because I had so many fans! Some of them follow me on social media. One young woman remembered me from 5 years ago, and even was able to show me photos from a visit I did back then. Lots of students miss their cats back home, and for some of them, home is really far away. One girl said her family and her cats were in India.
That is one of the cool things about the USC visits. There are so many different personalities and cultures because it’s a major learning center. But one thing they all have in common is that they love cats and they are so happy to see me. I really am glad to offer a bit of stress relief to their busy schedules.
Unfortunately, this will be my last time there in 2022. The couple of upcoming slots in December are already taken. So I’ll have to wait until next year to return.
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