Bertie is a little grey medium haired 7 month old cat. He was a rescue cat, who was rescued by Magic Paws and was lucky enough to be fostered by the most caring, loving foster mum. As Bertie was so young when he came to live with his foster mum he was bottle fed and would curl up to the dogs of the house, as he didn’t have any litter mates, or a mum of his own.
Due to being such a young foster cat in such a caring, safe family, Bertie didn’t develop the usual fear responses a kitten who is taught by their own cat mum would. He didn’t know that normal cats are afraid of dogs, or hide at loud noises, or are unsure of new experiences. Bertie would meet any new situation head on and with an air of confidence you don’t usually find in a cat.
Which is why Bertie caught my eye.
I was not planning on getting a cat the day I met Bertie. But he was just so friendly and confident I just had to make him part of our family. As the weeks went along Bertie, Minnie and Oscar became mates and I started taking Bertie to some of our puppy schools, he was great with the puppies and enjoyed the car trips with Oscar and Minnie.
Bertie’s unusual over friendliness and lust for life made me think that Bertie would also make a good member of the Canine Comprehension family - it may be time to start training him up as a therapy cat.
Well Bertie met his first client today. Clare* is a beautiful young girl, who is not usually keen on meeting new people, or experiencing new things had a great morning this morning - all thanks to Bertie. Bertie, myself and Oscar spent time with Clare and she was so happy to spend time with both the cat and dog.
We have met Clare before, but usually she is disinterested in connecting with the dogs after the initial 5 minutes and finds reasons to disengage. Today she couldn’t get enough of both Bertie and Oscar and got a particular kick out of the way they interacted with each other.
This ability to enjoy a new experience, to interact with more people and to put down the things that are troubling us to do something we enjoy - in this case spending time with animals, is vital to anyone’s happiness. It made me happy that Bertie could improve Clare’s morning and we are also excited that she was excited to make another appointment with Oscar, Bertie and myself next week.
Sometimes the power of animal assisted therapy is as simple as spending time with another happy being and enjoying their company.
Well done Bertie on making someone smile today! I am so proud of you!
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