November 10th 2012 1:20 pm
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Wouldn't you know it, furriends? While mom was away, I was a DDP! But she and i didn't know for days because the hotel she stayed in in Los Angeles charged $12.95 a day to get on the internet! Highway robbery. They charged an arm and a leg for the room; you'd think they'd at least give guests a free toe!
Anyway, thank you to my furriends for their concats and pawmails and rosettes! I was so honored.
Mom says she had tons of fun at the cat writers' conference. She met our idol, Jackson Galaxy, and actually spent a little time discussing a case from his show that had me particularly upset (it was about Pump, the 24-year-old kitty whose owner's girlfriend hated him). Mom told the husband not to worry, that even though Jackson is ultra nice and she's sure he would let her have as many kitties as she wanted, he really isn't her type (something about all those tattoos) and she would just as soon stick with the husband.
Jackson spoke to the group about the experience of writing his book, "Cat Daddy," which is an autobiography and kitty-help manual all in one.
Mom also met some experts she had interviewed for stories and a wonderful children's book writer, Lee Wardlow, who has won all sorts of prizes. We highly recommend her book "Won Ton: A Cat's Tale Told Through Haiku." (or something like that). It's about a cat who is adopted from a shelter, and it's written completely in haiku - brilliant! And the cat has blue eyes. What's not to like?
And she met Zeki, the cat who belongs to behaviorist and author Arden Moore. Zeki travels everywhere with her and serves as a "patient" to train people in pet first aid. She lets herself be wrapped up in a towel like a purrito. She also sat at the dinner table with her owner and mom and the husband (yes, the husband came out for the awards banquet). Now why am I not allowed to do that? Just because I try to get my paws on the plates...
Mom watched behaviorist Marilyn Kreiger do a clicker-training demonstration on two Bengal cats. She says they were positively stunning. What am I, chopped liver?
Mom didn't win any medals, but when she heard that there were 600 entries overall in the competition, she was very flattered that all four of her stories were finalists. Most of the attendees do cat-writing for a living and produce dozens of stories every year; mom had only written those four.
Mom brought home a bag full of swag - at least 15 pounds worth. Toys, treats, more toys, more treats, calendars, cans of food, more toys, a doorstop, and a cat bed she won in a raffle. Actually, the bed was so big that she had to mail it home. She was sure that TSA was going to bust her at the airport because she has so many catnip-loaded playthings in her suitcase.
Mom loved every minute, but was very glad to get home to her own bed. And I was very glad to have her back.
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Thanks so much for the update, Monster! We were chomping at the bit to find out how things went, so it is really cool to find out. Glad you got to talk to Jackson, and glad your husband won't get the boot. MOL
P.S. No, you are not chopped liver. ;) You'd get eaten alive around here if you were--instead I'm sure you are much more handsome than any Bengal, but then that's my personal taste.
Dude what a very exciting time for your mom too bad you had to miss it. Glad she is back home I don't like it when mom is gone.
That's cool that your momma got all the swag to bring home to you!
Sounds like your Mom had a good time. At least she brought back some fun stuff for you!
I hope your mum didn't get any ideas about training you while she was away. I think training is for us to do to people, not the other way around. That would be a fine thing - a show run by and for cats showing off the best trained humans! Good to know that your mum had a good time and is safely home. Purrs Toby
Catzowey! Yur momma was at CWA! Thatza meowvalous!