Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Gotcha Day

MARLEY:  Today is my 8th Gotcha Day.  Wow, it doesnt seem that long!  Here is me arriving my first day here...

HaHa - "gotcha" that was Skeeter.  My first picture here was really this one ...

I was pretty unsure what was going on.  I mean, I dont really remember Mom, I ended up in a shelter with lots of other unhappy kitties and cats, some people took me away from there, but that was ta give me to a Nice Lady for Chrissymouse.

It was a very nice place and she was very kind, but she turned out ta be allergic ta kitties, so she advertised about finding me a better place.  And she found a family that wanted me, but then TBT learned about me from a blog-friend.  And he said he wanted me more than the family and had a better place and I was EXACTLY the cat he needed.

And she eventually agreed.  So he brought me to my Forever Place.  I sure went through a few places before I got here...  I stayed in a room here a few days wondering if that was all the Home I was going to get.  The new Being came in and sat with me many times during the first couple days.  I knew there were other cats in the larger space and worried about that.

But Hugo The Travelling Hippo was there to keep me company too, so that was good.

I got let out in short times the next couple of days when the Other Cats were outside.  Meanwhile, the Being sat with me after stroking the other 2 cats in the house so I could get used to their smells (2 girlcats, I could tell).  Then he carried me around the house so I could see the Other Cats (but safely in his arms).  Finally, I was allowed out of my temporary room while the Being watched us all carefully.

I got hissed at a couple times, but eventually I got sniffed and accepted.  I had a knack even then of getting along (ya learn stuff at a shelter sometimes)...

I learned from them that the Bein was called "The Big Thing".  The smaller but older one was called 'Ayla' and the larger but younger one was 'Iza', and TBT told me I was keeping my previous Lady's name 'Marley' (because it was "just right").  I learned later that iffen TBT hadnt liked the name the Nice Lady gave me, I would have been named 'Jondalar', some Bein where Ayla and Iza got THEIR names.  I like 'Marley' better.  Shorter...

TBT showed me where the food bowls were, where the litterboxes were, and he held me up so I could see outside (and that I would be able ta go "out" when the weather was warm.  That seemed odd, I had never been "out" before (it turned out ta be a great thing, later).

Ayla was real nice to me.  Iza was a bit unhappy, but I purred a lot and she got used ta me.  TBT explained ta me that I was here ta share the space in love and companionship and I dint have a "job", but I had some "responsibilities" like keep Ayla and Iza peaceable, catch any mousies that got in the house, make sure I used the litterboxes, and not claw up the furniture.

That sounded pretty good.  I was already REALLY happy ta be here,  I'm really peaceable, and clean, and there were great places ta scratch on designed for kitties.

And annyway, TBT has magic fingers...

Best thing what ever happened ta me, getting brought here!  So this day allus means a lot.

Here is a another picture of me in the original small room.  I still like that cave, but I fill it up lots more these days, MOL!

I still like it there, too.
Here I am getting up in the morning when Im sure TBT is really UP for the day...



  1. Happy gotcha day, Marley! You definitely found the PERFECT home for you!

  2. Aww, Marley, we didn't a-member that you were just a baby boy when you first came to your furever home! You really lucked out, my furiend! You are living in Kitteh Paradise!

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley!!

    Your story of being gotted is wonderful in that it worked out like a miracle!

    Enjoy your special day!

  4. Always wonderful to hear your story Marley. You really lucked out when TBT persuaded your previous human to give you to him and not someone else. I wonder whether that Nice Lady reads the blog and has been following along over the years. Do you know?

    Another great thing about moving in with TBT and the other pusscats is that you guys have the Greatest Parties in the Cat Blogosphere. Paws down. No one else's parties even come close.

    Sydney, Australia

  5. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley! You looked so small and cute in your carrier when you arrived.
    I am glad TBT kept your name because it suits you perfectly. If it was changed to Jondalar it would probably have got shortened to Jon before too long.

  6. What a great story of how you came to live in your happy home marley!
    You are a lucky kitty.
    HappPurrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    y Gotcha Day!!!

  7. Happy Gotcha Day!

    P.S. Da momma read dose books where Ayla and Iza got dere names from and kept thinking bout kitties and wondering if dat wuz where dey got dere names - now she knows!

  8. Happy Day Handsome ... how lucky, how blessed to have found your wonderful, special and forever family! Just the perfect place ... and
    how good they found you!

  9. We enjoyed your story Marley and we love your purrfect ending when you came home. Happy Gotcha Day from all of us.

  10. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley! You were such a little boy when you finally got your real family. We're glad everything worked out for the best!

  11. Happy Gotcha Day Marley! I do believe you were meant to be right where you are. I am glad you gotcha'd a good home. XO

  12. Happy gotcha day kit-cat!


  13. A very happy Gotcha Day to you Marley!

  14. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley ! We wish you a wonderful day ! Purrs

  15. Oh Marley. Happy Happy Gotcha Day dear boy! You are in a happy and loving home. I'm so glad. XXXXX

  16. Happy Gotcha Day! You sure did pick a good home to adopt.

  17. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley ! And many more !

  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley!
    Fico contente que TBT insistiu para ficar com você.

  19. Belated Happy Gotcha Day Marley, sorry we were so late getting by to tell you how Happy we are you found your forever home with TBT and the girls.


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