Drumheller's Heartwood Inn had a very special guest this week as 'Gertie' the cat paid a visit to check out the pet friendly facility.
'Gertie' is a papier mache figure, about twice life size, who has become an ambassador for the Drumheller and District Humane Society, for which Debbie Busse is office manager.
"Helen made Gertie a while back and didn't know what to do with Gertie so she donated Gertie to us," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "We're looking forward to a puppy in the near future, so we'll have to talk to Helen very nicely."
The artist, who refused to provide her last name, explained how Gertie came about.
"I started working with papier mache to teach children to recycle and I became hooked on it, and I love cats," she said. "I'm retired and I wanted to do something of value, something for the Humane Society. I didn't want an ordinary cat, I wanted a big bobble head cat, and she just progressed from there."
"We've come out today to take the (shelter) animals and bring them to the public so they can come by and see," Busse outlined. "We have a shelter that is full of cats and we need them adopted."
For more information on the Drumheller Humane Society and pets up for adoption, follow this link.