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Au revoir, Lloyd

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I've known Lloyd for a little over a year and it's with great joy I'm here to announce...
 Lloyd is no longer a stray!

The weekend before last I drove four hours to State College, PA to meet up with Lloyd's new parents. It was three hours for them to drive back to their place from there. Over 420 miles to his new home but Lloyd is now a new resident of Philadelphia. 

I basically say the same thing every time I blog about him but he really is one of the best cats I've ever met. People asked all the time why I didn't just adopt him if I like him so much and it's so hard to explain. I just don't feel like he was meant to be my cat. When I met each one of my critters I knew that second we were going to be together for a looong time. Even as Doctor Octopus tried to worm him way out of my arms the first time I held him as a kitten, I just knew. I didn't have that with Lloyd. He was such a cool cat but he wasn't mine. I don't know if that will make sense to very many people but I'm unsure how else to explain it. Regardless, I am very happy to have had him in my life even if it was just for a short period.

He was a heck of an outside companion. He'd often spend all day snoozing on my deck and was always SO excited to see me. He had a habit of just magically showing up when you popped outside if he wasn't already on the deck, you'd look away for one second and then he'd be there when you looked back. He loved getting rubbed on his belly and would always flop over so I could have easy access. In our year together he never once hissed, bit or scratched at me. He was definitely a lover, not a fighter which was evident by the boo boos he always had on his nose.
I've talked about Lloyd in so many posts since I first met him, but here are a few of my favorites...
If I fits, I sits - All pictures of Lloyd napping in a small orange container I had on my deck.
My Three Strays - A post about my three favorite outside dudes.
Lots of Lloyd  - Just me gushing about the cute guy with the toupee.
A new straybie - The very first post about him.
Weekly Nail - Not a post specifically about Lloyd but it does feature a small bit about him and a picture.
Momma said - Another post not specifically about Lloyd but has some pictures from a day we spent gardening together.

This past week has been weird without him. I catch myself looking for him, and wondering if he'll be asleep in his favorite chair on the deck when I look out the window. I miss him SO much. I feed a handful of other strays but none compare to Lloyd. I am so happy to know he's safe though. He'll never hop his way up on my deck again with a paw curled up from a fight earlier in the day instead he'll be snoozing in a sunny spot in a window or be curled up in a real chair not a patio one.

Marine & Shawn, Thank you so much for adopting Lloyd. You guys are the best.
xoxo

PS. Lloyd's mom, Marine, has a blog if you're interested in keeping up with him!

P.P.S. I supposed it should be addressed before someone presumes the worst (just like every other time I post about him) - Lloyd is a confirmed stray. His "family", previously my neighbors, left him behind when they moved. He wasn't just an outside cat, he had no family.

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  1. I think he is one lucky cat. :)

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  2. Its so weird that someone can just LEAVE a pet, I dont get it!? I don't get how you can get to the point where you just don't want them anymore. But even if you did, or there was another reason; find them a new home first, or at least take them to a shelter.

    What do they expect is going to happen to them!? Lloyds was obviously getting beat up, it sucks.

    I'm super glad you found him a home. He totally deserves it


    Chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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    1. Agreed, Chloe.

      I loathe people leaving pets behind or dumping them in shelters when they move (overseas moves are my exception here, because I can see the issue there). We got a cat when we lived in Illinois, and when we decided to move to SC we didn't look at any place that wasn't explicitly and loudly pet-friendly. Or at least pet-tolerant. I cannot IMAGINE leaving my little girl behind to fend for herself.

      We used to live on the edge of some woods and would routinely discover kittens that had been dumped off the side of the road. I had to take a couple to be put down myself, they would get so injured. My coworker right now is fostering kittens that were dumped. I just don't get it. It is a huge rage button with me.

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    2. I feel your rage! If someone really really can't take their pet with them/look after them anymore. How can they just leave them with a clear conscious? It is so beyond selfish!

      There will be someone, somewhere who will take them! It sucks about the kittens near your old place. I can't even imagine!


      chloex

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  3. Awww. It's so sad that there won't be any snooping Lloyd around anymore. But like what you said, it's a happy thing that he has a family now! :D

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  4. It‘s kind of silly to say that, but I already miss him, too. I even cried reading your text. It‘s nice that his new family kept his name,‘cause Lloyd fits perfectly.

    I know I said that a million times, but I really really love your blog.


    Fabiola.

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  5. i don't really 'like' cats. i mean, i love animals, so i suppose i love cats, i just don't prefer them. but, your care and love for him and his wellbeing are admirable and you deserve a hug. saying goodbye to anyone you have a special friendship is hard. x

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  6. Awww, I felt so sad reading this. I'll miss seeing photos of Lloyd, he's a special boy. But I am so happy you found him a safe home.

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  7. I'm so glad to hear Lloyd found a happy home! I totally know what you mean about your cats and knowing they're meant to be in your life longterm. When I adopted my cats I had actually gone to the shelter to see about adopting an adult cat. There were lots of sweet ones, but none of them felt right. Then I relented and decided to visit with the cute orange kitten that had been silently meowing at me since I got there and his scrappy black and white brother. Pretty much as soon as I held them I knew they were coming home with me!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  8. Oh! I'm glad to hear you know he hadn't got owners anymore. I love cats and I would be so broken if one day mine disappear.
    But in that case he obviously will be better in his new home. It makes me happy how you have helped him!
    I actually wish I could do the same with the stray cats that live in front of my new house, in a abandoned house. But as this is not my house I sadly cannot adopt them.

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  9. Yea! It's nice to know that Lloyd is safe and probably very happy in his new home.

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  10. I'm so glad you've looked out for Lloyd and found him his furever home when it was time. =) I definitely know what you mean about Lloyd & him not being meant to be your cat. You definitely know if its meant to be or not. Some cats/animals are just meant to be in your life for a short bit.

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  11. such awesome photos! I love how you perfectly captured his personality. :] best of luck in his new home!

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  12. I'm so happy for Lloyd! I think you did what was best for him too.

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  13. I'm an emotional wreck today due to a bad day and I just cried at your last paragraph - looking for lloyd :( I'm going to miss seeing his cutie little hair! Will def be following his new mom x

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  14. Oh gosh, I'm teary over here reading about Lloyd having a new home! I really enjoyed your posts about him, and I want a cat so badly. If I had lived nearby I would have taken him in a heartbeat! :)

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  15. Lloyd is such a cute cat!!

    I recently got my first kitty two weeks ago. I know what you mean with the feeling that you're going to be with them for a looong time. I hope I get to have more when I'm older! ^__^

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  16. I won't lie, totally wiping away a few tears right now. I have loved seeing Lloyd on your blog & will miss the photos of him hanging out with you.
    They are happy tears though, I'm so glad that you have found him a furever home, it's such a wonderful thing you've done for him. I just checked out Marine's blog & he looks so happy & content!

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  17. adorable! I can totally understand what you mean, I also believe there is a special connection btw people and pets, just like it happens btw people! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  18. I have total mixed emotions about this post. I'm ecstatic for Mr. Lloyd and his new home but I can feel even through this post how much you already miss him. I got a little sad at the end. He seems like such an amazing kitty and he deserved a nice warm couch to call home. You're awesome for finding him one. I sure will miss the Lloyd posts though.

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  19. Glad to hear Lloyd has a sweet new family to love him!
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  20. This story breaks my heart in such a good way. I am so excited that Lloyd has a warm home with some owners that will love him and give him all of the snuggles he deserves, but I am selfishly sad that we won't be seeing him here anymore! I've fallen in love with him through your pictures. Such an amazing little friend. <3

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  21. I have been reading along since you first posted about Lloyd and am sitting here with tears in my eyes (happy ones!) knowing you are so lovely and helped him find a family <3

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  22. What a precious little guy! I just skimmed through all your Lloyd posts and followed Marine's blog to keep up with him :) As a fellow cat lover myself, it gives me joy to see how much you love those straybies. There are so many stray cats out there that need a home! In fact, yesterday, I was at my sister's when we found two little black kittens who were malnourished and abandoned. We immediately made the decision to take them to the Humane Society. Needless to say, they made their way into my heart on our drive over. We even named them Storm (he was really still-the calm before the storm) and Houdini (he was a squirmer and got out of the box we put him in more than a few times). Anyhow, I love cats. Can you tell? I enjoyed your post and am looking forward to seeing more like it soon!

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  23. This makes me think really hard about Kitty (a very unimaginative name I know!) the cat that has basically become my cat in recent weeks. She's always in the yard, she sleeps them, calls to me when I go outside and has taken to jumping into my lap and arms for cuddles. She's the sweetest thing ever. I've been wondering about whether I should try to get her a new family to take her in - I'd love to keep her but I could never leave a pet behind and the cost of flying her and the pup home if I had to leave would be far too much).
    The problem is I don't know if she's actually been abandoned - I assume she has since she was badly starved and shows no interest in leaving, and she's far to friendly to be a stray....it's the not knowing that gets me.

    Ah I rambled sorry - I'm so happy for you an Lloyd, you've done a wonderful thing :)

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  24. such a cute cat! thankfully he now has a family :)
    firozablog.blogspot.com

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  25. Aww this was so sweet! I'm sad for you, but so so happy for Lloyd! I'm sure he thanks you profusely : ]

    Side note: at my work (I work out of my boss' apartment) there is a stray that stops by just about every day to eat. He's friendly, but wild and won't let you pet him. It's super funny though because he'll just sit at the door looking in saying "I'm ready for my food now". But anyway, my point is that he looks so much like Lloyd (toupee and all! except his is brown) that I named him Floyd! I know it's silly, but I couldn't help myself. They just might be long lost cousins ; ]

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  26. This entry made me cry, no joke. I loved seeing pictures of Lloyd on your blog and seeing how you regard him. It broke my heart that he was a stray, but I'm absolutely thrilled that you were able to find him a loving home. You absolutely restore my faith in mankind with your post about him finding a home. Thank you for your love and dedication to animals <3

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  27. Aww I'm so happy Lloyd got a great new home :) You're writing made me well up a bit though I guess, loss (in any form) can be one of the saddest experiences we go through :(

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  28. Well done Kaylah! You are such a genuine person and i'm so happy to know that Lloyd is safe and loved. I loved knowing him through your blog. I can't imagine how big of hearts the people who adopted him must have.

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  29. Man, I would've cried like a baby sending him off with his new parents!! haha. I'm so glad he has a loving new home, well done for hooking him up :) Also. Jealous you can just drive to Philadelphia (or even halfway)! I love how close completely different places are in the states.
    xx

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  30. Aw. What a great person you are :)

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  31. Aw Kaylah, what an amazing new start for Lloyd. Well done in all you've done for him, I'm sure he'll be very happy in his new home :)

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  32. This is so heartwarming! I wish they strays that showed up around my place lived long enough for me to find homes for them (I live on a busy main road). I'm sure Lloyd will have an awesome forever home!

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  33. i'm so happy you found a forever home for lloyd— it's always been clear how special he is to you. and i know *exactly* what you mean about meeting a cat and just. . . knowing. i never meant to adopt Olive but when she came up, meowed at me, and then snuggled into my shoulder when I picked her up, I just knew we couldn't be apart.

    what i really wanted to say is that i am so glad that someone else uses the term "flop" to describe cat behavior. . . Olive does it all the time. It's almost like she can't contain all her excitement when she sees us and she just has to flop over and start purring for a belly rub or else she might explode. . . Almost like a fainting goat or something?! anyway, i always wondered if anyone else had the pleasure of knowing "the flop" phenomenon so i'm happy you mentioned it!

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  34. Aww this made me cry:( So glad Lloyd has a forever home! Your so sweet!!!

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  35. Aw, I know I get to see him every day for reals, but I still love looking at this post every once in a while :)

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