to the fifth installment of Life Lessons from Lola, a series about an adorable kitten who’s traveled lots of
miles and stolen lots of hearts in her journey home to Terry and me. Saturday,
I shared what prompted me to bring her home. Today, I’ll tell you
about our trip and her reception once we arrived.
I Was Uneasy
never owned a cat that didn’t cry, sometimes yowl, every inch of the way to our destination when transported in the car. That fact made me nervous about the
trip home. I didn’t want to listen to a kitty for 10 hours.
and Brady both swore Lola hadn’t cried at all when she rode with them. After
looking round a little, she'd just curled up in the back seat and gone to sleep.
I was a bit skeptical. It was a long way to Arkansas. I wanted
Lola to start out in the carrier to be sure she didn’t slip out an open door. We
put some food and water in containers with lids, made a little litter box and a
Care Bears quilt pallet. She didn’t like it much but only mewed a little on the
way to pick up Ginger.
They Tell Me So?
got Ginger’s things loaded and all the doors closed, I opened the carrier to
see what Lola would do. I shouldn’t have worried. She did exactly what
Maria and Brady had said. She crept out, looked around and then settled down
for the ride.
The only times she cried was when I put her back in the carrier
when we got out of the car. But I insisted. I didn’t want to tell anyone I’d
lost her along the way home.
to tell you it was the easiest trip I’ve ever taken with a pet.
|Lola is a born
worried about how the boys would accept Lola. Max is the friendliest cat I’ve
ever known. Timmy is so shy that I knew he’d hang back until he got used to
they both liked Lucy.
in for a surprise!
how I explained what happened in my text to Maria the next day.
Me: Max is very unhappy about Lola. I’ve never
seen him this way. He won’t have anything to do with me and he stalks and
growls at her. Plus, I don’t think Terry’s thrilled. He’ll be ok, but I don’t
want one of the boys to hurt her. Guess I’ll look for another home for her. She
was a great little traveler and is sweet. I’m sad about it.
Was an Understatement
I told Max I was disappointed in him. But he didn’t care. Neither did Timmy. There’s
not doubt that Max is the Alpha cat in our house and Timmy’s a big follower. He
lined up with Max.
Bad Boys Who Don’t Give a Rip
decided the hall bathroom would make a safe place for Lola at night and when we
weren’t around. I didn’t want to have to tell someone that Max had hurt Lola or
even worse. She
made herself right at home.
I could tell Terry wasn’t very excited about her either.
But these guys didn’t know Lola yet.
to be Learned: Sometimes the very people or, in this
case, cats you expect to be
your biggest supporters will let you down—at least, at first.
to Ponder: Have I
ever acted like Max and Timmy when someone new came on the scene? Have I influenced someone to be less than welcoming to a newcomer. Or am I a follower who looks to see how the Alpha in the crowd reacts to someone new?
welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you,
for the glory of God. Romans 15:7
Time: Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets – Even
when it takes a while.
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Labels: Bullying, Cat Rescue, Choices