Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Gotcha!

Seven years ago a little kitten came into my life who is the embodiment of the saying 'love purrs'. Beezer's official, legal Gotcha! date is November 25 1999. It was the Wednseday before Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November) in the US, so no matter the date we celebrate on the Wednseday before Thanksgiving.

During the summer the kitty who came before had gone to the Bridge after 18 and a half years. Charlotte and I were together more than half my life and I was quite heart broken. I was sure that I wanted another kitty in my life, but wasn't sure that I was ready.

The San Francisco SPCA has, for the past 20 years, has held a home for the holidays adoption program called 'Holiday Windows'. That year, I don't remember the theme, but it was in the window display of Neiman Marcus on Union Square in San Francisco. It was a half day at work so I thought I'd just go and see what there was to see.
Well .... what I saw was this ...(Sorry I don't have a better pic, this is a snapshot from a film camara shortly after he came home)

I was sitting in this strange place, although nice, with a few other kittens none were from my family. I don't remember much and there is little known about the time before I came to the SF-SPCA, but everyone was nice to me -- even the Vet who did something to my little bottom to fix it.

I could tell that the person who was standing on the street in front of the glass was a little lonely and a little sad. Still, she looked nice and I wanted to go home so I said "Hello".

He was so self possessed, just sitting there, with another kitten sleeping a few feet away. He looked up and meowed. I stood there a while thinking about if it was a good idea. I had thought about getting a kitty that was in need of a good home but might be harder to place. But, after all that goes with having an older cat and her elder cat health issues, and then her passing, a kitten that would be with me for a long time also had a lot of appeal. So after making eye contact and faces at the little guy for a while I went in and adopted him. He was the first to be adopted that year.I Grew up to be quite the handsome fellow, don't you think? I knew that I would be happy with her as my person and I was right! We like to sit and watch TV, play with the feather on a stick, the rollie balls and ribbon. She also likes to give me treats. Ok, ok I *LOVE* treats!

Every year we celebrate our special day with Tuna-tini's and a hug and lap sit. Oh, and she gives me treats! She also brushes, scratches and pets me in all the places I really like so I give her the love eyes.

Happy Gotcha! day Beezer. I love you my sweet boy. A day without you is a day without sunshine.

More well loved special friends can be found at the Friday Ark
If its Sunday I'll be at the Carnival Of The Cats this week at Mind Of Mog

22 comments:

Justin said...

Hey soo sweet of you to take him home!! He seems to be a darling. I hope he stays well. and hey you too can check out this post on kitty-drollery . I hope u'll 've fun reading this.

God bless.

Millie said...

Happy Gotcha Day Beezer! I hope you have many more. It sure does sound like you got the right person. And you are a very handsome cat, with very beautiful eyes.

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha Day Beezer. Yoo wuz such a kyoot little kitty an yoo haf grown into a "Gorgeous Ginger"

jams o donnell said...

What a sweet little kitten he was. But what a handsome adult!

Patches & Mittens said...

Oh, Beezer you were so cute and growed up to be so handsome! You grew into those paws too. Maybe I will grow into mine, you think? Momma loved the story, it made her eyes all misty. Happy Gotcha Day.

Does your Momma sing "You are My Sunshine" to you?

~Your little Precious Flower

Patches & Mittens said...

Oh, and you know what Beezie.....Momma says I can come and snuggle and purr with you. She said maybe Patches could come along as a shap-a-rone.

~~Your little PF (aka The Squirt)

Patches & Mittens said...

Beezie.......Momma says Mittens is on a speshul diet for her tummy and so am I. Patches would love some crab though and I talked to Mistrie and she is all excited and said she would like to come and help shap-a-rone. Are there any outdoor kitties there she can chum with? We will come over for the day. It is way too cold here today. We three are on our way.....

~Your Precious Flower

DEBRA said...

Oh Beezer

Happy Gotcha Day!
I just love your story. YOU were a star then and more of a star now. You are a very handsome kitty -- and it's wonderful that both you and Ping found a nice girlkitty to share yur special times with. Little Precious is adorable!

*Abby

Gayle Miller said...

Beezie - Sam and Tim in Ohio say happy Gottcha Day. They also asked me to tell you that you are a VERY handsome cat. And they would know that since they are also handsome!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Happy Gotcha Day! what a little cutie you were - and wif such big paws. you really is so hansum an has great eyes. is there such a fing as a ginger tuxie? cause that's what you look like.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Happy gotcha-day, Beezer! You chose a good bean who reely needed you.

Fat Eric said...

Happy Gotcha-Day, Beezer! How cute was Tiny-Beezer??? My mum wishes she could have met me when I was that little, she bets I was cute. Your mum is a good human and that is a furry nice adoption story!

Sophia said...

Happy Gotcha Day. DKM says she avoids those windows every year...

The Meezers said...

Happy gotcha day Beezer!!!!! You gotted a wonderful momma!

Derby said...

Something to truly give thanks for, Beezer finding a loving home. Hope you have many more Gotch Day celebrations.

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

Happy Gotcha Day! That's a furry sweet story 'bout your 'doption!

Justin said...

Hey, thanks for visiting my blog.
I too will keep on checking yours as I like your writings.

Keep up the good work.
bye.

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Happy Gotcha day! You are really speshul to get tuna-tini's!

one of us said...

so sweet, you are a lucky poodie ~Merlin, Shadow, Ko kO

THE ZOO said...

happy belated gotcha day

Patches & Mittens said...

Happy Thanksgiving my Beezie Boy!

Precious Flower

Feline Oligarchy said...

Sniff Sniff - what a lovely story. Thanks for sharing it. You have grown up to be a very handsome fellow!