Happy Spring from all of us at Cat Wisdom 101.
Welcome to the first Mondays With Merlin of the new season. First, allow me to do a short spring fling happy dance, again.
With Layla gone most of last week at Global Pet Expo in Florida, I was not happy and only spoke to her on the phone once! We do communicate mind-to-mind and frankly I was more worried about her than she was about me. She had the moldy hotel room from hell which made her sick, changed to a better room the next day and went non-stop with back-to-back appointments with pet brands, pr agency tours, media lunchs and parties. With miles of pet product booths in over a million square feet means a lot of walking and her red suede driving shoes worked their magic. Ditto a nightly soak in the Jacuzzi but she will be adding useful new tip to her Pet Expo or any convention for that matter SURVIVAL GUIDE She survived, I survived and it’s a brand new season.
Thank Cod, our cat daddy took care of us all but poor Nou Nou developed a nasty, hotspot on her leg. She’s difficult to handle, scratches like a banshee Vetericyn which works like a charm but won’t work if we can’t get it on her on a consistent basis. A vet visit is on the already overloaded schedule this week but we all know: happy cats = happy life. Cats come first.
This trip was a game changer in many ways. I’m not getting any younger and Layla is no spring chicken. Whenever we return from a trip, we see our home and loved ones with fresh eyes and ears. She was shocked to see me so thin. I was shocked to learn one of her favorite new pet products has to do with pet burials! Whoa, let’s not go there. I’m just happy to survive another winter and I have a few picnics planned on my agenda.
Spring is a time of renewal and Layla is ready for a really radical plan for the next couple years. It could be rebranding, a complete reboot or retiring. Whaaat? The lightbulb moment came at a VIP party and networking reception (co-hosted by Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Vanderpump Pets and Shorty Rossi of Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”) to celebrate the new Lumina Media brand from i-5 Publishing, the publishers of Catster, Dogster, Cat Channel etc.
New name, new logo and tagline “You’ll love this”. Just like that. We’ll have to wait and see who loves what. We did love seeing our friend Chris Poole with Cole and Marmalade featured in the Spring issue of Catster. Here’s a sneak peek. I’d say something purrfect is circulating in the wind.
Spring is such a happy time but nothing makes humans happier than some kitty therapy. Chris Poole was filming at the famous Cat House on the Kings California’s largest no-cage, no-kill lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. He spent the night there and had some feline pillow talk. Talk about kitty heaven!
See you next week,
P.S. Remember it’s kitten season. Share the the spay/neuter message. Layla politely asked someone with a pregant Siamese on Instagram and lots of cute kitten pics if they were breeders. They weren’t and were clueless about spay/neuter saying the unborn kittens already had homes. They have several cats indoor/outdoor cats (not sure if it’s in the U.S.) Layla went back and forth as diplomatically as possible about making a difference but realized how easy it is to cross the line into judgement and the question today is:
What do you say to someone in this kind of situation?