Reader Callan Bentley entered lovely Lola. The original photo was the “cat with backpack” shown below, but he’s since submitted a few others.
Lola is a small, gray cat that I adopted from the SPCA. She is a charmer not only because she loves to hang out with people, but also for her endearing habit of crawling into small spaces and then hanging out there, looking contented. Whether it’s a bag, a box, an open drawer, or a trash can, she loves to get inside and look out.
My favorite example of this habit came when I was getting ready for a backpacking trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and Lola wanted in on the action. With the backpack propped against the wall (and the belt loop buckled), Lola went over and inserted herself into the empty space. The result of this particular exploration made it look like she planned on shouldering my pack down the trail. She’s an indoor-only cat, so she wasn’t allowed to actually join me on the trail, but I love the confident, assured look she projects – like backpacking is second nature to her.
Lola again channeling Maru: