Lola and her owner Bethany enjoyed life together in Tarzana, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is mostly a residential community located on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. The community itself was named after Burroughs’ storybook jungle character hero, Tarzan. [*Wikipedia]
Like the fictional character from Burroughs’ novels, Lola was a fighter. She fell ill around Christmas of 2015, the cause turned out to be previously undiagnosed diabetes. At the animal hospital, where she was being treated, some complications arose due to fluids that build-up near/around her little heart. Fluid build-up can put pressure on the heart, affecting blood circulation and the body’s oxygen supply, but Lola was fortunate as the veterinarian was able to extract the excess fluid.
Lola’s owner, Bethany, prepared to say goodbye, as she herself admits, “life had other plans.” As people learned about Lola’s struggle to survive, they reached out with the hearts and pocketbooks to fund/gift nearly four extra months to of medical care and life to Lola — allowing Bethany to savor her, and the special kinship they shared.
They say each soul has 20 or so soulmates…. She was without a doubt one of mine, or I hers.