Right before we head to NBC’s Rockefeller Center, I get to meet the ASPCA’s Kid of the Year. Six-year-old Stevie and his family came all the way from Nebraska. He raised $28,000 for the doggies in his local shelter after his two puppies disappeared. What a neat family.

So, mom is getting taken straight into fur and makeup at the Today Show. The Today Show staff thinks I’m so pretty, I don’t even need a touchup!

Wow, they built a special set just for us! And, I’m right in the middle of Ricochet and Stevie. I’m pretty relaxed just hanging out in mom’s arms.

The live interview flies by. Hoda and Kathie Lee talk about the terrible thing that happened to me and mom tells them how BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) saved my life and how the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission made sure the person who hurt me was prosecuted and pled guilty to felony animal abuse.

I really don’t think becoming a national television star has gone to my head. Well, maybe a little bit! I would like to start traveling with my own fur and makeup expert.

Thursday afternoon

A chauffeur driving a big, ‘ol black Suburban whisks us to the Pierre Hotel. I can’t even count all of the photographers who are there to meet us as we walk in! The flashes don’t stop! “Mittens, look this way!” “Here, Mittens, look over here!” “Mittens, we need you to pose with Ricochet!” “Mittens, look left!” (Where’s left???)

How cool is this? There are 500 movers and shakers here for the gala...all the people so important in the fight against animal cruelty. It’s the ASPCA, supporting organizations and the big donors who keep the wheels turning to prevent abuse. These are definitely my kind of folks.

Everyone is fussing over me. I’m just serenely taking it all in cuddling in mom’s or dad’s arms. “Can we pet Mittens?” “Does her wound hurt?” “I can’t believe she’s so sweet and affectionate and relaxed!” (Ha! They ought to see me when sister Hope is harassing me!)

Oh, my gosh! There’s my other mom, Dr. Sherrie Seibel. She helped save my life at BARCS and took me home for another whole month of critical care. And look!  My Aunt Caroline, Carolin Griffin, the Chair of the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission is here to receive her ASPCA Presidential Service Award.


So, the event begins with a beautiful video about the ASPCA’s huge adoption event following those terrible tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. They reunited 500 families with their beloved doggies and kitties and got more than 1,000 other homeless babies adopted. Yup, everyone’s crying.

Mom and I decide to take a litter break. Well, that almost became disaster because NBC’s Chuck Scarborough, the emcee, was introducing the video that was produced about me as we were walking back in. Gosh, that could have ended up like that actress Christine Lahti who was in the ladies room when her Oscar win was announced! We made it just in time.

Apparently there were more tears because of my video. And then we got to go up on stage. I sat quietly on the podium while mom accepted the ASPCA Cat of the Year Award for me. I would have picked it up myself, but, it weighs almost as much as I do. And then there’s that opposable thumb issue.

Stevie, Ricochet and Caroline along with three other awesome animal supporters got to get their awards. More tears.

The rest is a blur. I think all 500 people there came up to congratulate me. That’s a lot of petting. Dad wanted to charge people per pet to raise money for BARCS. Hmmmmm. Wish we had thought of that sooner!

Friday morning

I’m back home now completely exhausted. I can’t wait to take my statuette down to BARCS to show all my peeps. Everybody says I’m wonderful. But, the really wonderful folks are the staff and volunteers at BARCS. I’m dedicating this award to them!

My next adventure is teaming me up with PetValu. Those neat folks want to help raise money for BARCS and raise awareness in the fight against animal cruelty. And, I will be starring in a documentary exploring teens and animal abuse and what can be done to stop it. Stay tuned!