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CatConLA – Purrfect Success!

June 24, 2015

The dust has finally settled after the big event and I think most attendees would agree it was a huge success. I might be a little slow with my wrap up but now I’m able to report some final tallies from the show.

First, though, I have to say how amazed I was at the turn out. I went on Sunday, waiting in a long line before the doors opened and heard it wasn’t as crowded as it was on Saturday! There was excitement & expectation in the air and general goodwill feelings towards fellow cat lovers.

The crowd just getting started on Sunday.

The crowd just getting started on Sunday.

Inside it took a few minutes to get my bearings and decide which way to go first!  After getting my free cat tattoo and green cat ears headband,  I felt “official” and ready to enjoy the activities. I took a quick tour of all the various vendors, bypassed the long, long line for cat adoptions (we already have a rescue kitty) and then got in line for my first of several seminars.

All day line for cat adoption.

A line all day for the cat adoptions.

The selection of cat product vendors offered almost anything you could think of!  Very easy to rack up the debit card charges. (I should consider having a booth myself next year). The Pusheen cat booth kept a line most of the time, a new “robotic” kitty, Zoomer, promises to be the next BIG thing, and of course, the booth for CatConLA memorabilia was popular. Who could leave without their official t-shirt or mug? (I know I couldn’t!)

"Zoomer" the new robotic cat with glowing eyes.

“Zoomer” the new robotic cat with glowing eyes.

Another huge bonus at the show was Lil Bub. His owner, Mike Bridavsky, brought him out to his product booth for a photo session and the “paparazzi” went wild! I tried to get close but wasn’t quite aggressive enough to fight my way in : )  Only one blurry shot to show for it.

The crowds at the Lil Bub appearance.

The crowds at the Lil Bub appearance.

I mentioned at the beginning that I had some final tallies from the show –

  • The attendance was unexpected, more than 10,000 over the weekend.
  • About 70 cats and kittens were adopted. Thank you Best Friends Animal Society.
  • $35,000 was raised and donated to FixNation and Lil Bub’s Big Fund.

I truly enjoyed the day at CatConLA. It was fun being immersed among cat lovers, all free to express their love of all things cat!  A big thank you to Susan Michals, creator of the event and Karn Myers, founder of FixNation. Also for all the wonderful speakers at the seminars and the Meet & Greets.

I look forward to next year. But I have a feeling it will have to be moved to a much larger venue!!

CatConLA poster,2

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Remembering Mom’s Love of Animals

May 2, 2012

This year Mother’s Day will be different- it will be the first one without my Mom.  Because this is a hard time, I’m choosing to remember some of the wonderful things she enjoyed during her years. One of these is her love of animals.

Growing up we had the usual run of family pets. And of course there’s always one pet in every family that stands out, ours was “Buddy”, a collie and shepherd mix. This was the dog we all grew up with and remember to this day.

Later on my Mom almost always had some type of pet in her house. She found out what an amusing companion a bird could be with a cockatiel named “Babe”. These birds are intelligent and very social and Mom and Babe were very fond of each other.

Another of Mom’s loves was “Macho”, a Doberman. Although he looked fierce he was really just a big softy and loved to be pet. But one wouldn’t dare try and harm his loving owner!

Besides owning & caring for a pet, Mom would contribute to various animal charities such as the ASPCA. She couldn’t afford much but always found a few dollars to give. When she passed, we asked that in lieu of flowers that people donate to a local charity in her town in her name. I think she really would have liked this.

Nora Haight, 1931-2011. With “Babe”

Her last faithful companion was a poodle, also named “Babe”.  (I think my Mom really loved that name).  This little dog gave her a lot of pleasure during her last year or two, which were rough years.  We should never, ever, underestimate the power of a loving pet!

I really believe that Mom instilled the love of animals in me and my siblings. We all always have a pet in the house. Most of my family lean towards dogs, but I am a cat lover through and through. How could one live a life without a cat?

Happy Mother’s Day to all.  My advice – take every chance you can to let your Mom know that you love, value and appreciate her.

PS: Babe is with a loving family and doing well!