– Saturday morning walk to the farmer’s market –

– pool days with Bailey –

– getting some wicker patio furniture to enjoy outdoor dining on these cool California nights –

– an early birthday surprise from my Mom – my new desk chair! –


– the prettiest embellished dress from L.Mae Boutique –

Christian has pampered me all week with early birthday surprises here and there as I turn 27 tomorrow (!!!). He has been so wonderful, especially considering this week has been particularly heavy on my heart.

After speaking with Lula’s veterinary oncologist on Tuesday, we have learned her cancer cannot be cured.  I don’t want her to spend her last months in and out of the specialty vet getting shots and x-rays, poked and prodded only to prolong the inevitable.  She used to sit in my lap at the vet, as relaxed and calm as ever.  She now fights to run straight for the door as soon as we step foot in the vet lobby.

I have cried in the shower, cried in the bed at night, cried in the kitchen chopping vegetables, cried in the car on the way to work.  It breaks my heart that this full-grown rescue cat walked into my life three years ago and has been the most amazing blessing to me, and I will now lose her so quickly to cancer.  Many of you have reached out to share your own experiences, heartache and sympathy and I can’t thank you enough.  Your support and love really does help me get through it, knowing I’m not the only one to experience losing a young pet.

For now we will celebrate her life and be grateful for the time we have left.  Lots of snuggle time, laying out in the grass in the sunshine, shredded chicken (rescued from the Mexican restaurant parking lot – this of course is her favorite) and naps on the bed.  Christian and I are heading to Santa Barbara this weekend to celebrate my birthday and drink lots of wine.  Crossing my fingers I don’t drink three glasses and starting crying in the tasting room about my three-legged cat with cancer.

It’s possible.  There is no denying I am crazy about her.

Thank you for all of your support.  I love y’all and we are so appreciative. XO – Kat and Lula LaShonda


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  1. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!!! Second off, I was literally crying reading your post. I am so sorry and I have lost 2 pets to old age, but my sister is going through the same situation with her dog right now. They found cancer in her nose and it is just an awful situation. I am truly sorry and the best you can do is just be there for her to the end which I know you guys will do! I’m thinking about y’all and praying, but have a wonderful birthday this weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara! I turned 27 in January so I definitely feel your pain, but honestly it’s not so bad 😉

  2. Happy 27th Birthday Kathleen !!!

    “Don’t cry because it’s over…smile because it happened.”
    – Dr. Seuss

  3. I was hoping you would give an update on your precious Lula, and I am so sorry it was not good news. My thoughts and love go out to you and your little family. And don’t worry, she’ll always be with you… mostly because animal hair is impossible to get rid of 😉
    -Anne Morehead, mother of two furry babies.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your precious baby. I believe God brings people, pets and situations into our lives for a purpose. He brought that beautiful kitty into yours so her years ( although too short) would be beautiful. You are a great fur Mommy to her and she clearly adores you. XOXOX The “New York” Kathleen

  5. Wishing you a truly fabulous birthday weekend filled with lots of love and spoils!! So sorry to hear about Lula holding her in my prays and sending your little family lots of love.

  6. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays alongside wishing there was different news for sweet Lula. Bless your big hearts for giving her such a beautiful life and rescuing this precious one. Without you, imagine where she’d be! Instead, she has been loved and cared for and utterly cherished beyond anything. Cherish the time you have left and know I’m thinking of you. So choked up over this. 🙁

  7. OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had no idea!!! I literally started crying when I read this. I am so so sorry!! Sweet precious little angel kitty. I will be praying for her and especially for you! I can’t even imagine. Love you and hope you are able to enjoy your fun birthday weekend..you know LL wants you to!!

  8. We were all rooting for her, but the little kitty must have heard cat heaven’s full of delicious treats! I’m so sorry you guys had to come to this decision, I know how hard it must have been for you. And please, have a happy, happy, happy birthday. Years of life are to be celebrated!

  9. Awww Im so sorry, this made me very sad. It’s perfectly fine to have a good time and laugh don’t be sad think of all the beautiful happy memories and be grateful. It’s exactly what she wants <3

  10. It’s a little strange to believe we can be so attached to someone’s cat in virtual world but it’s very sad and I’m sad for you and your little cat friend. I’m with Caroline. We were all rooting for her and heaven is surely filled with cat treats. And beer and pizza for us of course.

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