Tulip, a 10-month-old kitten, has endured several hardships in her short life, yet she still welcomes each day with a grin.
She was discovered on the streets of Ontario, Canada, and was taken in by a local rescue at the age of two weeks. Tulip had an eye infection, but she smiled for the camera when the rescue took a picture of her for its website. That photo, unbeknownst to the cat, would be the one that would lead to her finding a permanent family.
Jenn and Chris had been looking for a friend for their cat Pinecone for months when Tulip’s grin appeared on their computer screen. Jenn told The Dodo, “Her grin in her small commercial image got us in straight away.”
The couple applied for the kitten without seeing it and were accepted. They couldn’t believe the kitten was still smiling in the shelter when they went to see her. Their bond was instantaneous. “We fell in love with both her beauty and her attitude the second we met her in person,” Jenn said.
Tulip continued to show off her beautiful grin when they took her home.
“At first, we thought it was simply a one-time event in her advertising,” Jenn explained, “but after we got her home and started taking many photographs of her, we discovered it was a permanent thing.” “She always has a smile on her face, and it never gets old.”
Despite severe medical problems, the tuxedo cat grinned to reassure her parents that everything would be well.
Jenn remarked, “The realistic part of me loves to think her coloration has a lot to do with her continuous smile.” “Then there’s another part of me that wants to believe she’s constantly smiling because she realizes she’s already accomplished so much at 10 months old.”
Tulip loves to play catch and tote her toys about now that she’s well, hang out by the fish tank, and torment her elder brother, with whom she’s inseparable.
“She’s a constant reminder that, no matter how terrible things appear at the time, things always turn around and become better,” Jenn added. “Imagining our lives without her smile is difficult. She has brought so much joy into our lives and into our family.”
“She genuinely is a tulip,” she said, “always blooming anew — and I believe she is aware of this.”