Feline Ambassador: Dharma
Urban Dog and Onpets Giveaway Winner
Urban Dog is presenting its first ever Feline Ambassador!
In lieu of a Daily Dog, today we introduce you to Dharma, a 15-year-young cat who loves to snuggle with her 3-year-old human brother.
Dharma’s kittie mom had her third litter while surviving on the streets of Miami when she and all her progeny were rescued and spayed. The young adults found homes and the kittens, including Dharma, all went home together with Dharma’s pet parent until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered and find families of their own. Dharma was re-homed to what was supposed to be her forever home but she was returned to her rescue mom when her adoptive parents got divorced. This time, her rescue mom became her forever mom and Dharma was finally home.
By then, Dharma’s mom had rescued another cat, Damien, who has been Dharma’s loyal companion since 2001. Dharma was a very curious and mischievous kitten, but grew into a calm, cool and collected beauty. Her favorite pastime is to find cozy and sunny places around the house to nap. She always manages to find the best spots in the house to meditate, coming back to her humans for cuddles and bedtime stories. She keeps Damien company and makes sure they are within touching distance of each other at all times. You never know when a good grooming is necessary after a long siesta.
When asked if Dharma has any quirky characteristics, Dharma’s mom told us “At first, I thought she had a shoe and bag obsession, since she chewed them, but then I realized it wasn’t just about fashion but rather anything leather, vinyl or rubber. We’ve learned to keep all cords away from her if we want to recharge our phones. And kids – Watch those Crocks because she will puncture them for additional ventilation!”
Dharma has two feline and two human siblings who adore her, including a little boy who serenades her with his guitar and some rough love. Her extra pounds have been very useful as a pillow for her human sibling who thinks she is the best crib accessory. Dharma has been a big sister to dozens of rescues, both dogs and cats, and has managed to keep her matriarchal status through the years, even to two large shepherd mixes. Now she keeps busy camouflaging herself among stuffed animals or serving as a companion to children who learn about peace and respect from this regal kitty.
Dharma’s mom told us “I believe in helping those in need and changing the world for one pet at a time. It focuses your energy through positive actions leading to emotional growth, mental stability and a sense of belonging in this world. There is a special connection and bonding that’s created when a pet and human rescue each other, which heals the pet and your mind. It can be challenging yet very rewarding.”
Today’s Feline Ambassador is one of the winners of the “Onpets Giveaway.”
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