A Tribute to the Lady that Stole My Heart.

Via Lauren Hanna
on Apr 9, 2012
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 “The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals.” ~ Anonymous

Well, it’s officially been a year with my pretty pretty princess. I know it is not socially acceptable to post so many pictures of my cat on Facebook as I do but….bear with me. She’s stolen my heart.

Here’s our story…

Last year on April 10 I went into a local shelter, because I had seen a little calico kitty that reminded me of my Barberry on their website; Barberry had passed away half a year before. Her name was Lotus. Hello.. I love yoga—fate? The shelter counselors told me that Lotus had been their longterm resident because she had serious ‘tude.

I thought to myself—I have attitude too and we can have attitude together.

When they brought her into a meet & greet room for a visit, she escaped, ran down the hall, and hissed and swatted at the adoption counselors. They went to grab the net to catch her, but I walked up instead and gave her a little scruffy scruff, picked her up, smelled her head, brought her back to her cage and asked the drop-jawed shelter counselors when I could take her home.

Here’s her on our first night together, when she was about 3 pounds lighter…

Lotus sitting like a lady. Rare is it that both paws touch the ground at once. One paw down, the other picks up!

What I love about Lotus (and all cats) is that you have to earn their love.

And when they trust you, they will love on you as much as you love on them.

Lotus sometimes gets embarrassed about my love for her and how I broadcast it to the world.

But she usually gets over it pretty quickly …

I’m always trying to make her happy…with new hairbrushes.

…window seats

…entertainment (birdfeeders!)

And all of this making her happy makes me really happy. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

Millions of cats and dogs are killed each year in shelters.

Adopt a pet today and see for yourself how changing the life of an animal sometimes changes yours even more.

Bonus…At the risk of becoming shunned from my social networks, I’d like to share my first video with Lotus on our second day together. Music: The Avett Brothers.

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta


About Lauren Hanna

Lauren Hanna, E-RYT 200, MSS Candidate, is a social worker by day and yoga ninja by night. It was in Pittsburgh that she first discovered the thrill of yoga and her love for social welfare and animal rescue work. With her cats Lotus and Calia in tow, Lauren hopes to someday combine her love for yoga and animal welfare with her career as a social worker. Lauren likes to dream a lot about saving the world – one puppy, kitten and human at a time. Lauren also loves cobblestone streets, arts & crafts, action movies and writing books with her Grandmother. If she had a billion dollars she'd probably spend it all here. Follow her @laurenfoste.


3 Responses to “A Tribute to the Lady that Stole My Heart.”

  1. Hi Lauren,

    I love your kitty! I grew up with a calico kitty; they are a special kind of crazy! 🙂

    I've featured your piece on the EJ FB page: https://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Give Lotus a scratch for me!

    Jeannie Page

  2. Todd says:

    Enjoyed the story and pictures. What a good kitty! My two cats that I ended up having custody of when my housemates and I went our separate ways passed on in '03 & '08. Joanzie (always jonesing for something) was 12 and CC (Crazy Cat) was 17.
    I cried like a little girl when it was time to say goodbye to them, and I'm a grown man. Thanks for sharing Lotus with us, I'd bet she's the highlight of the day on many of your friends social media.

  3. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Google. You’ve made my day! Thanks again…