Pepsi was surrendered by her owner to the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch in August 2011. Her owner had been experiencing allergic reactions to her and was unable to keep her any longer. She had yet to be spayed or tattooed so she went to a local veterinarian for the routine procedures and also to get a physical exam. Once declared in great health Pepsi was made available for adoption.
She was a lovely young cat who stood out amongst many others available for adoption. Pepsi was not a very shy cat and made sure she got tummy rubs whenever she felt like it. Only a couple weeks after being available for adoption Pepsi was found to be the missing puzzle piece to a couple’s life. They sent in an update on Pepsi and shared some photos:
On September 14, 2011, I received some depressing medical news and decided that my husband of 30 years, and I, sorely needed a treat. So we lunched at the Lost Moose Lodge in the Carmi Hills. The combination of warm Fall weather, excellent view and tasty food lifted both of our spirits. And after lunch, Mike and I also enjoyed two eagles making lazy circles above us as they slowly vanished into the thermals.
By the time we returned to our car, I was immersed in the warmth and solace offered by our lunchtime experience and had all but forgotten my earlier doldrums. But right then I got 'the call' to "come and get me". So, I told my husband that we needed to stop by the Penticton Shelter before going home. His only response: "we're not getting a cat today". I ignored him and focussed only on communing with my kitty, telling her we were on the way and not to nap till we got home to Keremeos.
Upon arriving the shelter, I asked to sit with the healthy cats upon a sofa in their room. Many small kittens frolicked around and over me, curious about my oxygen tank. But we knew we did not want a very young kitten. And besides, none of these tiny ones were 'speaking' to me. They had not made that fateful "call' to me at the Lost Moose parking lot.
After a few minutes, a beautiful dark Mackerel Tabby, named Pepsi, stretched her lanky purring self alongside my left thigh. When I finally paid her some attention, she turned completely upside down and held deliberate eye contact with me. Her coat felt cool, clean and silky soft and she purred even more loudly when I stroked her. I could really hear her talking to me with her mind!
For her journey home with us on that fateful day last September, the Shelter put Pepsi into a travel box. But she was so agitated being confined that we let her roam around the car to calm her. To our delight, Pepsi loves travelling by car, and especially enjoys watching the scenery outside of the window. She is mesmerized by Nature, and regularly travels locally with us. Last month, she calmly travelled with us by car to Vancouver - to meet our, now adult, son.
I took the windshield photos "Riding up front" and "Princess Pepsi - the Fur" while my husband was at the hardware store, buying a cat litter box and the first of Pepsi's many toys! A mere half-hour after Pepsi left the shelter in Penticton, she was trusting and patient, calm and alert for her 'photo shoot'.
Pepsi is an avid fan of Bob Ross' TV show, "The Joy of Painting", so I have included a photo of her intently watching his every brush stroke, whilst sitting on a box beneath the TV. We now save episodes of this show specifically for Pepsi to watch. It is wonderful how much she enjoys this show.
The other photos show Pepsi relaxing upside down on our living room rug, and also upon Mike's knee, and finally, as the best of all possible presents, sitting underneath our 2011 Christmas tree. The last photo shows the area of the Similkameen to which we travel the most. Pepsi communicates (thru the glass) with horses, cows and trees and relishes these views weekly in our Jeep. As long as we remain close by, she is vocal and fearless in her interactions.
Young Pepsi is the light of my life. She gives me hope and a reason to get out of bed on a daily basis. She is a loving and compassionate cat, hardly leaving my side, often comforting and 'healing' me by her presence and loud purring. She will even place her feet over sore joints or muscles, sometimes massaging with her paws, till the pain abates.
She will also initiate a play session when she senses I have the energy. And she can be so giddy and entertaining that we both end up chuckling - and yes, our darling Pepsi chuckles!
Thank you SO much for providing the service which sheltered Pepsi till she could call for us to 'rescue' her. I can no longer imagine my life without this beautiful feline in it. She has brought such joy and meaning to my retirement, and I am delighted and honoured that she loves us and seems to enjoy our company. Pepsi is her own unique person, who shares her time equally between Mike and me, and seems especially fond of being around the flowers and vegetables that I like to grow in containers.
Pepsi was a year old when she came to live with us. When calm, she is a loving and joyful creature who had obviously been well loved and nurtured in her former home. She is still kittenish, needing plenty of attention and exercise or she will indulge in manic bursts of energy running through the length of our home and jumping up, via her cat condo, onto the tops of my kitchen cupboards. She knows exactly in which cupboard her treats are stored too!
Our love for our darling Pepsi grows daily, and we feel honoured to be her humble servants. We may, technically, have rescued her. But in a very real way, this little bundle of furry love rescued us. She belongs in and defines our lives. She is our 'little girl' and, as a beloved family member, she will always have a home with us.
Thank you for reading this.
I wish you and your pet-family the Happiest of New Years!
With love and light
Christobelle and Mike
How wonderful that Pepsi found the family she was meant to be with. It’s always a happy occasion for staff, volunteers, animals, and adopters when a perfect match can be made. Thank you to Christobelle and Mike for choosing to make adoption your first option and opening Pepsi’s eyes to the world she had been missing out on.
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