Fireworks and pets - Italian style

While most of us humans enjoy the sounds and sights of fireworks, animals feel very differently about it.

Well, the Italian town of Collecchio, in the province of Parma, is doing something about this. In 2015, the local government introduced new legislation whereby people are required to use "silent fireworks."  This is a means of respecting the animals and reducing the strain and anxiety it causes in them.

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Why you need this

I recently mentioned to my veterinarian that I make cat towers.  (I mentioned this in reference to my cat's behavior; it's not that I was trying to sell the vet on my work.)  But, as it happened, I ended up showing her photos from the Square Paws website.

"Oh my!  These aren't cat towers; these are ART!" she responded as she scrolled down the screen.

It's not the first time I've heard that, and hopefully it won't be the last. 

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Phase 1, Step 1
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Maya Angelou

Since embarking on this endeavor several years ago, I've given to many charitable pet organizations, whether it be a donated cat tower for auction, a financial contribution, or placing an ad in a fundraising leaflet.  But it all kept me conveniently at arms length from the reality of animal shelters.

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Safe at Home

When asked by the Community Relations Coordinator of the Kentucky Humane Society if I could donate a cat tower item for their "Tuxes and Tails Gala" on August 15th, 2015, I thought, "What would be fitting for a cat in Louisville, KY?"  Then, hearing the summer sounds of a ballgame on the TV not far away, it hit me: How about a cat tower that highlights the good ol' Louisville Slugger?!?

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CatConLA - epilogue

One week after being a vendor/exhibitor at this event, I'm reflecting on all that transpired in the two-day event called CatConLA.  Of course, everyone has a particular point of view in this world, and therefore there really is no right or wrong way to portray something.  But, for me, displaying five of my cat tower sculptures in one ten-foot by ten-foot space was no less than amazing!  And, while I was the only person manning my booth and thereby not able to attend the talks by the roster of speakers and not able to walk the show and meet the kitties up for adoption or meet all of the other vendors, I still got an incredible view of the show.

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CatConLA

Touted as the "ComiCon for cat people," CatConLA is a few short days away, and I couldn't be more anxious, excited, overjoyed, nervous, happy, tense, optimistic, elated, nauseous, proud...did I mention nervous?

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Irony not lost

While I admired the purist approach and the thoughtfulness of the architect, the cynical side of me would often joke, "Who exactly is going to appreciate this alignment?!?  The corporate CAT?!?"

Now, some eighteen years later, the cosmic irony of my joke is not lost on me.

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