Likes: She loves to be petted, brushed or combed: she looks up adoringly. She loves belly rubs: she flops over on her back and invites us to rub her belly. She loves taking her morning "bath" in the sunny front windows. She loves people -- everyone!!
Pet-Peeves: No lap available!
Favorite Toy: She LOVES a purple and blue feather fishing lure, on a wand. It was a gift from Louis and Ethan to Scooter for her 20th birthday, but Scooter didn't get to play with it much, so Lola is making sure it's well-loved and appreciated.
Favorite Food: Innova Cat and Kitten (canned)
Arrival Story: It was destined! After the loss of our beloved Scooter on Feb. 5, 2009, we knew we wanted another cat -- ideally, two -- but I was still trying to get past the initial grief. My husband asked when we could get another cat, though, so I started looking online, still not ready to look in person. The cats who fit our 'wish list' were too far away. Eventually, I felt brave enough to look at real live cats, so we went to the Petco and PetSmart adoptions one Saturday. We didn't find the cat for us, but it felt good to hold and pet a cat again. We talked with a rescue group volunteer at Petco and took home a brochure and adoption application. Back home, I looked online again. As I scrolled down Petfinder's list of breeds, I clicked on Burmese. When I'd checked it before, there were no possibilities for us, but this time, there she was: small, senior female, very friendly and social, and she was in our area -- exactly what we were looking for! The same rescue group, at Petco, had her listed. I went back to Petco, the volunteer called the foster mom and we arranged to meet "Luna" at Petco the next day at noon. Before we met her, I filled out the adoption application, just in case. We met, we loved, we brought her home immediately, on March 15, 2009. Lola (renamed from Luna) is home with us now, to stay! We feel we were destined and perfect for each other: she's the right kitty to help fill some big holes in our hearts as well as find a special place of her own (she already has), and we're committed to giving her the love and care she deserves.
Bio: Lola originally belonged to a breeder here in Albuquerque. When the breeder died in late 2005, Lola and the breeder's other cats were taken to the city shelter and kept there for 3 months while the court decided what to do with them. Lola was estimated to be 10 years old at that time. Released to a rescue group in March 2006, she was spayed and treated for some illnesses, then adopted in May 2006. That person returned her to the rescue group on March 8, 2009, apparently because she was throwing up. When we adopted her on March 15, 2009, she had some obvious health issues but throwing up isn't one of them. All her teeth were extracted on March 27, 2009 due to severe periodontal disease. Blood tests show she has stage 2 kidney disease. She may have chronic upper respiratory infections, too, but we hope that will be helped by taking care of her dental problems. Lola's such a sweet, lovable lap cat, very social and friendly -- a real love -- and we feel fortunate and blessed to have her with us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lola blessed our lives with her beautiful, loving soul and indomitable spirit for only 8 months and 1 day, but she'll remain in our hearts forever. A rapid decline in her health led her vet and another vet to believe she had lymphoma. Lola was too weak to endure testing and treatments ~ we just couldn't ask it of her. We let her go in peace. On November 16, 2009, with the loving assistance of her vet and as I cradled her in my lap, she very peacefully began her journey to the Bridge, where she'll always be our sweet LOLA~Our Good Girl, forever.
How Mom and Dad became attached to me: When my foster mom took me out of my carrier and put me in my future Dad's arms, I clung to him with everything I had, purring and kneading furiously. No one had trimmed my claws for a long time so they got stuck in his clothes. My future Mom helped pry them out, then she held me. I got stuck in her tee shirt, too. Since we were all "attached" by then, they had to take me home!
It's the anniversary of the lucky day my mom and dad got me, back in 2009. It must have been the best day of their lives - I'm sure it was! I was such a Good Girl that day and all the days after that. Just ask them. I'm still their Good Girl and always will be.
Thank you to the sweet friends who remembered my family and me today with messages and gifts:
Tundra and her lovely clan for the pawmail and sweet Gotcha Day photo (added to my PhotoBook). She used a photo from my actual Gotcha Day!
Family of The Drifter, Mouse, Purrdie, Muffin, Willow, Charley and more, for the Candle
Hazel Lucy for the heart
Newman for the Four-leaf Clover
Roxy for the Adopt-a-Pet Ribbon
Family of Harley, Cody and Raj (all Dreamboats!) for the Adopt-a-Pet Ribbon
Family of Lady, Baby, Sammie and Cesar for the Big Hugz
Family of Saphira, Nonsense and Viola for the Adopt-a-Pet Ribbon
Family of Icebox, Hawkeye, Stovepipe, Echo, Mystery, Rana Pushpin and more, for the Big Hugz
Family of Luigi and Smiley Cassanova for the Four-leaf Clover
Family of Big Harry, Patches, Abigail, Zack, Lumi, Silvio and more, for the Big Hugz and pretty Gotcha Day photo (added to my PhotoBook)
Family of Mac, Ivy, Legolas, Jax, and Misty for the Big Hugz
Family of Molly, Macy, Misha, Emma, Skeeter, Uboo and more, for the Heart
WeBeesSiameezers for the Big Hugz, the pawmail and lovely Gotcha Day photo (added to my PhotoBook)
Family of Lisa and Abby for the pawmail and the Zealies they added to our account. Lisa is a new angel -- please stop by her page to give her and her mom some Catster love: Lisa - Love You Forever
Family of Simon & Reuben (an angel) for the Four-leaf Clover
Family of Dusty the Puppycat, Iris, Buddy, Ringo and Webster for the Emerald
Serena Honey Girl Angel for the Leprechaun Hat
Family of Wanda, Norman, Tess, Rupert, Mitchell, Beckie and more, for the Heart
Being Lola means being thankful for being got and for sweet friends
The Diary Gal must know I'm still a good girl, so she made me a Daily Diary Pick today! Thank you, Catster, and thank you, Catster friends, for your congratulations!
A special mention goes to MILO BLUE EYES and family. You probably already know their meowmy has been ill. Today they left me a pretty pink ribbon rosette and sweet message, which I appreciate very much, but even more important, I hope it means their meowmy is feeling better! We angels have been sprinkling our special angel dust on her -- I hope it's working!
It was 4 years ago today that Mom and Dad first met me, held me, filled out some papers, gave the rescue group a check, then took me home with them. Mom spent a few minutes buying me a new bed, scratching pad and food while Dad and I waited in the car, then we were on our way!
It was a Sunday. Mom had seen my picture on Petfinder just the day before and made arrangements with the rescue group to meet me in purrson at the Petco store that day.
I was scared, but brave, when I got to my new home. I explored, I purred, I ate, I purred... and purred and purred... then I got busy claiming their laps and cementing my place in their hearts.
I'm still in their hearts... forever.
being Lola means celebrating each and every day you have with your family