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The Influencers

VoyageLA owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who put in countless hours of work uncovering hidden gems throughout Southern California. We’d like to introduce you to some of LA’s most gifted tastemakers and influencers below.

I picked him up from a woman who had found an abandoned litter of kittens 17 years ago. He was barely 2 weeks old and when I saw him, I knew he was mine. A little puff ball with beady blue eyes. I brought him home and he slept under my chin every night. I bottle fed him every two hours, as a mom does. I woke up from a nap one day and the name Tucker popped into my head. Not sure where it came from, but that’s what I would call him. I took him to work in a shoebox at my first professional job, Hallmark Cards. I eventually taught him to lap milk and we soon became joined at the hip. For years. He saw me through breakups and moves into apartments, and family woes, and a big cross country move to California. Through jobs, and marrying Tim and the path to pregnancy and the birth of our baby. He got me through many hard moments, and would snuggle up to me and put his paw on my cheek or chest. Always had to have a paw on me if he was near. And ran to the door to greet me every time I came home. The years went on and I knew my time with him would eventually end, so I always showered him with attention. He had some health issues last year but we took him to the vet and they prescribed some medicine and I asked Tucker for one more year with him. He recovered and gave us that year together. But the issues eventually came back. We spent all last week talking to doctors and friends with cats, trying to help him recover once again, but in the end it was time to let him go. I spent our last night together, laying on the bedroom floor with him in my arms. We finally said goodbye at home the following day, when we knew it was time. It was a peaceful one, and I got to say everything I wanted to, thanked him for being by my side for as long as he did, and wished him well in his new life. It was incredibly sad, but I’m so thankful to have the joy he brought me for almost half of my life, and to have the chance to say farewell. I couldn’t have asked for a better buddy. Rest, sweet Tucker. ✨ P.s. for anyone in LA that has to say goodbye to a pet, I would highly recommend Choice Veterinary Care. They were truly amazing and made a hard situation as peaceful as it could be.

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