Last week at this time, I was selling my books at the TICA International Cat Show here in Portland Oregon. It was a three-day show, and I ended up with a cold that kept me away from writing most of the week. I decided old news was better than no news, so I’ll give a quick rundown of what went on in the fur world.
As many if you know, I’m more into shelter cats than breed cats, but since I love all cats, I’ve been trying to learn about the pedigreed side of the family. I found many truly compassionate people who care not only for their show cats but for all cats. TICA has categories for house cats, and prizes also went to cats from shelters such as Patty the deaf white kitty who won the People’s Choice award. I saw a few breeders who seemed to treat their cats like a commodity as opposed to the living, breathing, wonderful beings they are, but I’m glad to say they were a vast minority.
I really enjoyed sharing a table with Ramona Marek again. We are both members of the Cat Writer’s Association, she with “Cats for the Genius“, the definitive how-to of everything cat, and me with my cat mysteries. We were placed next to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society booth which ties in so well with my series that stars a cat shelter volunteer. The WCGHS adopted out several cats during the show, and it took real restraint on my part not to adopt Pluto, the hunky black 7-year-old boy they had there.
I got a chance to talk to many people and add a few pictures to my Cat Man collection. (Crazy Cat Lady mystery #7 will feature the male side of the crazy cat lady world) These are only a few examples of guys showing their love and respect for cats. The man on the right is the Cat Daddy of the successful Facebook page “My Life as Quincy” and a steadfast PAWS volunteer.
I also met up with award winning cat blogger Kerry Barbero (Noir Kitty Mews, Mewsings of Valentine the Persian Cat) who I hadn’t seen since BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina even though we both live here in Oregon. I was excited when she asked if Valentine could review my latest book, “Cat Call.” Valentine is also going to review Ramona’s book. That kitty’s got some real reading ahead of him!
There is so much more to cat shows than I could have ever imagined, and a lot of it has to do with the welfare of cats. I found the attendees to be friendly and amicable, as were most of the presenters. It was easy to stop by a booth or a kennel and strike a conversation. I’m not sure when the next show will be, but chances are you will find me there.
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