I’d been eagerly awaiting Friday night all week and not just because it meant a few days off and seeing my daddy for Fathers Day.
I’ve long been saying I have to get my self out of my comfort zone and meet new people (potentially an eligible guy!) so I had plans Friday to meet-up with I HAVE CAT facebook fans for cocktails and then head over to an AC&C of New York (Animal Care and Control of New York City) fundraiser.
Well not only did I have the chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones (Damun and Kira!) but I received an unexpected gift and met a celebrity! Not bad for a Friday night in the city (no eligible guy, but guess you can’t have it all right?!).
Bocker the famous Labradoodle was in attendance! This pup has been in numerous TV and print commercials and is starring in the upcoming movie “Eat Love Pray” with Julia Roberts (sadly he didn’t make it into the trailer)!
Bocker‘s a certified therapy dog and has special gift working with kids (he spends three hours a week as a Tail Wagging Tutor in upstate New York, where he listens to children read). And the really good news? He’s a friend of cats
I’ve never had much luck at winning giveaways or raffles, but purchased a few tickets anyway to support the AC&C unaware of what the prizes even were. Imagine my excitement when one of items turned out to be a lithograph of an 1896 Harper’s Magazine cover by Edward Penfield featuring a woman carrying two cats (valued at $1.200). Well I didn’t win it, and sadly the guy who did win it didn’t seem too enthused about it (the MC asked him three times if he liked cats to which he finally gave a half-hearted “yes”).
While I don’t have a knack for winning prizes, I do have the gift of gab and I’m certainly not shy (having consumed a few glasses of wine didn’t hurt). Moments after said guy won the lithograph I stormed him, I HAVE CAT business card in hand, asking if he might consider donating the lithograph, Imagine my surprise that without thinking twice he said I could take it right then and there!
I walked out of there with a huge, framed $1,200 piece of art! Now i just need to figure out how to auction it off and who the proceeds should go to (I have a certain grey tuxedo in mind…hmm…wonder who that could be?!).
So the evening was a success. The only down-side, if there was one, was that sneaky Gina (Old Cat’s Rule) got some incriminating evidence of me snuggling quite a few pups (in my defense there were no cats at the event or they would have taken precedence I can assure you!). My cats didn’t seem to notice, or if they did, they knew there was nothing to be jealous about!