We spent the day at the Dumb Friends League at its 6th Annual CatFest, which featured free adoptions of cats 1+ years old, lots of vendors, clicker trainings and other cat behavior presentations.
The cats, of course, were just darling, and it was difficult for me to be in there without wanting to take them all home with me.
We were able to get the word out about Denver Cat Company and meet some really cool folk, including specially Matt Levien, the Animal Behavior Manager at Dumb Friends League, and his team (Billie on staff, and Nathan and Lisa, volunteers). I attended two of his presentations on cat behaviors and learned a lot of things I'm going to try at home to help Little One integrate in my home with Big Kitty, who is exhibiting signs of territorial aggression. Matt really gets cats and we hope to talk him into advising our team on cat issues.
We also spoke with the Dumb Friends League's Megan Rees, PR Manager, and Kristin Snow, Director of Communications, and they expressed an interest in partnering with us.
Other potential partnerships are brewing as well: Monica Holck's Gallery On The Go is a mobile Canvas and Cocktails that offers canvas paint parties at the host's location of choice, with materials and art supplies provided. Urban Sophisticats is the only exclusively feline grooming service in the state. Leeann, who offers home-crafted kitty towers in custom designs. Ariane's DelaFoto offers elegant pet photography. Henry Strazza's Lilly Brush, which sells a miracle cat hair lifter. Melanie Bridenstine's lovely Tiger Teasers cat toys. And Veronica Mataseje's Las Vegas based Top Cats by Mail, a subscription service for cat owners to receive a regular basket of cat goodies.
Plus many, many other interesting and cool small business owners. We also scored several decks of cool kitty themed playing cards, pictured left.
We will be spending the next couple of weeks getting to know our new friends better in hopes of cementing partnerships.
Thank you, everyone, for helping kitties and for your hospitality to us visitors. We had a great time.