The children’s hospital was very busy when I arrived. The lobby was full, and there were lots of exam rooms to visit. It might have been tiring if all the kids hadn’t been so happy to see me!
Because this hospital helps kids with orthopedic conditions and other physical issues, many of the kids had some visible disability… none of which hampered them from enjoying me. (In fact the first time I came here, I was petted by a boy with metal arms and hooks for hands. He was very gentle.) One of the first exam rooms I stopped in contained a boy whose hands were folded over. He was not able to use his fingers to pet me, so he used the back of his hands. As we walked by the staff’s station, there was a mother with two freckled children, and they were delighted to see me. A couple of the boy’s fingers were fused together on one hand, but he still petted me easily.
Even though we had a lot of rooms to visit, we spent a little extra time with a little girl who was there with both her parents. She was sitting on the exam table and so happy to see me. Only the crutches propped up against the wall told the story of why she was there. She and her mother were both passionate cat people, but they currently didn’t live with one. My human could tell they needed extra kitty energy, and I was enjoying the visit. I even stretched out and made my extra-happy paws. Plus I purred so loudly that the mother could hear me across the exam room. It was hard to leave them!
We weaved in and out of several rooms after that one and stayed a little later than normal so I could see more kids. I really enjoyed seeing all the smiles when we came into the exam rooms on this visit. They not only lit up the room, they lit up my day! It was a very happy visit.
Ingrid King says
What a wonderful thing you’re doing, Summer.
Purrjamm cats says
What a beautiful visit Summer. This just warms our hearts. You and your mom are wonderful caregivers. Thank you for sharing your visits with us. We look forward to them. It reminds us that love, kindness and humanity exist. Purrs
The Dash Kitten Crew says
You meet happy people and make them extra happy! This sounds a fantastic visit.
We love you here in NC!
Summer Samba–what a gift you and momma are; your narrative made me feel very happy.
Summer, you are such a wonderful cat! My mommy would like to bring a therapy cat to hospitals and others. How does she train a therapy cat? I may not be the best therapy cat but she wants to know which breeds are best and how to train them?
She is getting ready to retire from the regular working world and wants to know how she can be like your momma.
Summer Samba says
I will do a whole blog post about that.
Cathy Keisha says
You light up everyone’s life!
Summer, you’re a treasure. i can only imagine how much the children enjoyed seeing you. It must make a stressful doctor visit much more enjoyable for them.
BellaDharma'ss Ladymew says
BESTEST. KITTY. GIRL. INN. THE. WERLD. SUMMER.
Mary McNeil says
Just reading about this makes us feel very happy !
Memories of Eric and Flynn says
That was another lovely day for you and the children.
Melissa & Mudpie says
YOU light up so many lives, Summer!
Ellen Pilch says
You and your human spread so much joy. XO
The Poupounette Gang says
What wonderful stories you tell, Summer!
Tama and Genji
Leann W. Walters says
Summer, with the current virus in the US, as a therapy kitty do you find yourself taking certain precautions for yourself and your human?
Summer Samba says
My human is disinfecting her hands about twice as much as she was before! And I got a really thorough wipedown when I came home. Other than that, we’re just waiting on instructions from the hospitals we visit.
The Swiss Cats says
That sounds like a wonderful and successful visit ! Purrs
The Florida Furkids says
Your visits always warm our hearts.
The Florida Furkids
Edie Chase says
I love reading about your therapy cat visits.
The energy from all those smiles will help light up the faces of all those who saw you that day…when they think back upon your visit with them:)
Thanks so much for all you and your human do!
CRAIG S. C. OKAJIMA says
Patients always feel better, when they get a visit from a Pretty Cat!!
Rene S says
I just love reading about these visits.
You are the light of everyone you visit…our little angel in disguise,xx Speedy
Pat K says
Another good visit. What does it feel like to have
so many people happy to see you? It must be really
nice. Thanks for your hard work!
That sounds like such a wonderful smile-filled day sweet Summer!
the ISland Cats says
We love that you make so many people smile, Summer.
Catscue Catmom says
Pawsome visit, I’m sure that good kitty energy helps so much. Love you Summer and all that you do for others
Margaret Elmendorf says
Summer, that is so great what you and your Mom do to put a smile on those people’s faces. It must be very rewarding. Have a great day.
Katie Isabella says
Summer, love you and this day you spent making the kids happy, is why.
Lone Star Cats says
Glad you had a good visit! I know my momma would luv to see a kitty if she had to be in a hospital.
Mickey's Musings says
Oh Summer! It is so nice that you bring so much joy to people with your visits.
Sounds like your visit to the children’s was the purrfect medicine for them 🙂
Purrs,Georgia and Julie
Lesley Castle says
You are an angel