Monday, May 7, 2012

Introducing Mango

Name: Mango
Hometown: Prince George, B.C.
Born: October 2005
Adopted: April 2006
Favourite Sports Teams: Calgary Flames (likes the colour scheme), B.C. Lions (supports cats from her home province)
Theme Song: Eye of the Tiger — Survivor
Likes: Being orange, road trips, drooling, playing fetch, boxing with Papaya, antagonizing Lola, jumping and climbing, meowing and purring
Hates: Ferry rides, other cats
Interesting Trivia: Mango has been to six provinces and lived in three.

I adopted Mango when I was interning at a public radio station during my master's degree. I had decided years earlier I wanted to adopt an female orange cat and name her Mango.

Mango was the only orange cat at the SPCA when I went for the first time in April 2006. I picked her up and she immediately began to purr and drool.

I couldn't take her home right away because I was living in an apartment until the end of the month that didn't allow cats. But two days later I was so worried that someone else would adopt her that I went and got her anyway.

When I went back to school in September 2006, Mango went to live with my parents for three months. In December 2006, I got a job on Vancouver Island and Mango and I were finally reunited. Aside from the ferry ride — which made her sick — Mango loved living on the Island. She even got a job as a cat volunteer at a seniors' residence.

Then, in August 2008, we were on the move again. My Mom and I drove almost 5,000 kilometres to Ottawa with Mango lounging in the back seat. My new employer paid for me to stay at a hotel for a month. I didn't get room service the entire time because I didn't know if Mango was allowed to be there.

I bought a condo in Gatineau, Que., in September 2008. Mango and I were a family of two until we were joined by Papaya in July 2009 and moved in with Pete and Lola in March 2011.

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