Hollyleaf has diabetes, which is controlled by giving her an insulin shot twice a day. She is wonderful at getting her much-needed insulin because we are able to give it to her while she's eating her meals and she can't even feel it! It's quick and easy! We have an easy clicker pen that provides the correct dosage and you screw on the tiny tiny needle and then provide the shot while Hollyleaf is enjoying her breakfast and dinner! She is a great eater and very food motivated and is completely comfortable with someone pulling at the nape of her neck a bit to give her the injection!
In new environments, Hollyleaf can be wary of new people coming into her space, but with lots of work at AWLA and in our foster home, she is completely over that weariness and happily welcomes any person, someone she knows or a new person, into her space by flopping on her back so you can see her majestic fluffy belly (but no touchy)! She also had some back pain from lots of hair matting along her back when she first came in, but after several months to recover, she loves back pets and brushes and her coat is so soft and full. Her most favorite petting spot is her big cheeks though! She will always take cheek rubs and will stick her perfectly round face right up to your hand so that you know where she wants the pets.
Hollyleaf is playful and really loves wand toys like a strip of fleece and a bird wand toy and she likes to play on her back so she can be comfortable and get some exercise at the same time. We also have provided her with a food ball so that she can eat throughout the day (it seems to help with her diabetes) as well as exercise and play for her food to help her maintain a healthy weight and give her something to do so she doesn't get bored.
She is definitely independent for the most part, but she really does like people, even if at first she might not come across that way, and so she likes when I am around and will decide that she wants All the attention for about 10-15 minutes and then she'll go back to her spot next to me and lay down for a nap. Getting in my lap has become more and more common and it's been lovely to see that she can fully trust a person and want to be so close to them. She can be very chatty, especially when I leave the room and come back. Her voice can sound a little grumpy and grumbly, but that's just her voice! And she likes to tell me all about her day so far as I'm walking down the stairs. Then she flops onto the rug at the bottom of the stairs and looks up at me for head scratches and back rubs, possibly some playtime, and always is up for a treat. She also LOVES paper – she has a nice amazon box paper pile that she spends a good deal of the day sleeping on.
She is a great mix of play, social, and sleep time which allows her to be independent but also happy to be around her human(s) when they're home. We are recommending that she go to a home with no other animals and most likely no young children (she can still get overstimulated/overwhelmed).