Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Gotcha Day


Hi you guys! It’s me, Katie! Guess what, guess what, guess what?!?!?!?!

Today, Wednesday March 31, is my Gotcha Day! For those of you that don’t know, it’s sort of like a birthday but it’s the anniversary of the day that a doggie (or a cat I suppose, though really do cats truly celebrate anything?) moved into his or her forever home.

Here we are on my Gotcha Day at one of my parks!

Fourteen years ago today I picked mama and daddy to be my furever parents. Don’t tell them but I think I got a good deal. I mean seriously, look at the wonderful life full of adventures that I’ve had so far!

OK, so this past year has been pretty passive, no real adventures at all, but on the other hand they’ve been home with me just about every single day. And to be honest, that’s all I really want, to be near mama and daddy all the time.

Mama says my park still matches my furs, not much green around here yet!

Lately, even though they’re home more, it’s harder for me to keep track of them. I don’t hear them moving around as well as I used to, and if I rest my eyes for a moment they disappear. I have to go hunt them up all the time — they’re usually just in another room, but sometimes it takes me a long time to find them and I start to panic. I think there should be some kind of rule that they have to wake me up if they leave the room.

I’ve told mama off a few times when I couldn’t find her right away. Also when she left me home with daddy and went on an adventure without me. Not fair, but I guess she deserves some mom-time once in awhile. Even I admit I’m sort of high maintenance.

There was hardly anyone out here! I guess that’s cause it was Wednesday, and not everyone is retired like mama.

Today mama took me to a park to celebrate my Gotcha Day. It was pretty perfect, cool with a wind that made mama wish she had worn gloves. We didn’t walk very far. Mama said I could walk wherever I wanted and I did, but turned around sooner than she expected.

I say, no sense over doing, right? Plus mama took me to the park late in the afternoon and it was getting close to supper time. A princess like me doesn’t like to be late to dinner.

Mama likes it when my furs glow.

Anyway, I enjoyed my quiet Gotcha Day. In 2018 I was adventuring down south on my day. You can read about it while I dream about it. It was pretty cool, but I’m thinking I’ve maybe outgrown those big adventures now. I’m much more mature, if you know what i mean.

Surprise! It’s spring in tiny little ways!

I hope you had a great day too and that you spent some time outside enjoying spring (or fall if you’re from the Southern Hemisphere!). Mama says she knows it’s spring now because the skunk cabbage is coming up!

Whatever mama.

Skunk cabbage coming up! Another sign of spring!!!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “Gotcha Day

  1. Happy Gotcha Day Katie. You are a blessed fur baby. I’m so glad I’ve made your acquaintance through you and your mom’s blog.


  2. Happy anniversary!!!
    Tell yo momma I’m jealous… I’ve always wanted to see skunk cabbage in person. Seriously.


    • Huh. I guess you’ll have to stop by, Miss Jamie, to see skunk cabbage. We have it all around here. Mama says it doesn’t smell as bad as she remembers it smelling when she was a kid.


  3. Happy 14th Gotcha Day Katie! You’re all so lucky you found each other.


  4. Happy gotcha day, beautiful girl!


  5. Happy Gottcha Day sweet Katie! I am glad you enjoyed your special day with mama visiting one of your favorite parks. Sending you some loving pats.


  6. happy happy gotcha day to youuuu!


  7. Happy Gotcha Day Katie!!!!


  8. Happy 14th Gotcha Day sweet girl, I know your Mama is cherishing every moment, as she should xoxo


  9. Such a cutie. Great way to celebrate Gotcha Day!


  10. Happy gotcha day and I love how your fur glows too! Such pretty flowers, Spring is here and more are on their way! ❤️


  11. Happy Gotcha Day, little Princess! I asked my cats if they celebrated anything. They said I should celebrate them–every single day!


  12. You are one lucky beautiful girl:)


  13. Happy Gotcha Day Katie! You and Oreo sound like two peas in a pod. He’s always searching rooms for us too 🙂 Glad you got to go on a nice walk for your special day.

    Happy Easter to you and your family!


    • Hi Miss Sara! So glad to hear that Oreo is just like me. I always thought we were sort of alike. Mama and Daddy said to tell you they hope you and your family have a great Easter as well!


  14. I read your post and Katie is 14! Oh my… tomorrow is our dog Ivy’s gotcha day. We got her in Michigan and she is forever in our hearts. We got a second Brittany Spaniel in May of 19. Ivy is still with us and she makes me smile and always greets me when I get home from school – she even keeps me warm at night sleeping on our bed… thanks for the reminder! Stay safe and well. Peace.


  15. Happy Gotcha Day, Katie! Our cats (who really don’t celebrate — but their people do) will have their 14th Gotcha Day in May. I like it when your furs glow, too.

    Love the signs of spring. I was just thinking the other day that we have no understory in our woods. No spring plants or flowers popping up. The deer eat everything except the big trees, the fallen leaves, and the pine needles and cones.


    • In some of our parks here they have fenced off (with very tall fences and a ceiling fence) large sections of the woods to see what would grow if the deer didn’t eat everything! This was done years ago and frankly I don’t see any difference, but I do know that the deer can clean out a garden pretty quick! Happy Gotcha Day to your kitties!

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  16. Happy Gotcha Day, Katie – You are still a very beautiful princess! xoxo You certainly do take good care of your mom & dad!


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