Tuesday, June 12, 2012


 June 12, 2005
That was a day that will always be seared into my memory.
I was "looking" for a lap kitty.
I admit I had some attributes I was looking for.
I wanted a girl, I wanted her to be small, and I wanted her to look like Boo.
I was hoping to find a girl who liked laps too.
Because Boo,Ping and Jinx didn't.
I had been working with Lucky Cat Adoptions to find a tuxedo girl for me, and
find her they did.
When I walked into PetsMart that fateful day, there she sat, regally like
a queen, not a care in the world.
I look at her and fell in complete love.
 I completely believe in eyes meeting across the room and falling in love.
I mistook her interest though.
Abby you see had never had it easy.
She was not an simple girl.
In fact Abby is a diva.
When I took her into my arm and she clung to me I totally misunderstood her signals.
She was telling me to take her HOME.
I thought it was my home, no she wanted to go to her home.
If you are not familiar with Abby's story, her former owners consisted of a Mom and Dad and 7 year old girl. Abby was the 7 year old's cat. She adored Abby and Abby adored her. The Mom loved Abby. The Dad hated her. He had made his 7 year old give her to his neighbor who worked with Lucky Cat to bring her to me specifically. BUT he said if I didn't want her to leave her behind PetsMart and NOT to bring her back.
What kind of monster Dad is that?
Needless to say, I of course took her.
But, what I had hoped would be a happy ever after (that day) was one filled with complete misunderstanding.
Abby was M-A-D.
She did not want to be in my home.
She wanted to go home.
She hissed at me, she swatted me and no doubt she would have bit me if I tried to touch her.
I cried at my failure and wondered what I had done.
Thankfully, 24 hours later and she was better.
She allowed me to hold her, even if she did nip me repeatedly.
She did not tolerate the other cats and it took 6 long months of introductions.
(She still hates the other 4 cats)
But in those months when I would go and sit with her in her "room", she and I came to our understanding of each other.
She agreed to stay, and she would be my loyal companion as long as I promised never to make her leave and go to another family.
I accepted her terms.
She has rewarded me with total loyalty and devotion.
Now that is not to say she isn't a diva and she will do as she wishes.
But she is a single owner cat.
She simply owns me.
I love you Abby with all of my heart,
and I would not change a thing.
Even if you are a diva.
Happy Gotcha Day sweetheart.


  1. Happy Gotcha Day Abby! We are so glad that your Mom picked you up from PetsMart!!!!

    Luf, Us

  2. It is a bittersweet story...Happy Gotcha Day beautiful girl!!! We are sorry you had to leave your first home but we are very glad you found a new mum who is so patient and kind :-)

  3. Abby we are so glad you got your real home quickly! Such a sweetie. That poor little girl though at seven... Happy Gotcha Day.

  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Abby! BOO to Monster Dad. What a terrible thing to do to a 7 year old child and to you. But we're happy things worked out in the end. :)

  5. God Bless you and Abby for your devotion to one another. We all know cats chose their owners and you were lucky to be chosen by Abby even though she had to initially act like she was not happy!!
    Hugs and Happy Gotcha Day

  6. Abby, we know it was sad to leave your home, but you couldn't have landed in a more loving, an nurturing place.

    Happy Gotcha, sweet girl!

  7. Happy gotcha day, Abby! What a MEAN human to just get rid of you like that, especially when his little daughter loved you so much. She is probably traumatized for life, as you were traumatized for so long having been taken away from her. I am glad that you have a human and a happy home now, and I can only hope that little girl grows up to have a whole bunch of kitties to love, far, far away from her awful father.

  8. Happy Gotcha Day dear Abby! You are loved and home, forever!

  9. Thats a difficult way ta get to yer Forever Home, Abby. But we are glad you are where you are now.

  10. Happy Gotcha Day, Abby. Things got off to a rocky start with you and your forever "mom," but we're glad you both came to that understanding. :-)

  11. Oh adorable Abby!! Me and Charlie put a bad curse on that man who made his own daughter give you up! Bad man!

    Awwww but you found your soul mate!! Yay!!! Have a wonderful Gotcha Day!!! Take care

  12. What an Awful monster!,and Sad fur Abby & her little girl (must have broke both their ♥'s), but in the end Beautiful.
    For you Dear Abby, could not be loved more ♥♥♥ ^.,^

    Happy Gotcha Day Sweetie~


  13. Happy Gotcha Day Abby. You didn't realise it at first but you went to the best Forever Home you could wish for.

  14. Oh Abby, it IS a bittersweet stroy and it made mom's eyes feel elaky a little at how betrayed you were by that ugly minded man. But you have a mommy who loves you so much and you are in a wonderful home dear girl. Keep showing mommy love. xoxoxox

  15. Happy Gotcha Day Abby!!!
    We are happy you and your Mom came to a happy agreement :)
    We are not happy with that mean man! We purr that in his next life he will come back as a mouse in a house of cats ;) What a horrid thing to do to a child.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure and JJ

  16. Awww - we are so glad you found Abby (and some people should not be allowed to have kids or pets). What a wonderful story - and we are so glad you gave her a chance....even a long one....to come into her own. Happy Gotcha Day Abby!!!

  17. What a meanie that Dad was. We're glad Abby found a wonderful forever home where she is loved and appreciated.
    Happy Gotcha Day Abby!

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  18. this story soooo touched my heart!!! Precious Abby and PRECIOUS YOU for being so observant and sensitive and knowing WHY Abby was upset!
    That father was INDEED a monster.
    I am glad that Abby found a wonderful home...HAPPY GOTCHA DAY PRECIOUS ABBY!!

  19. She was lucky to find you and you her. What a jerk Dad too.

  20. Happy Gotcha Day sweetie. Sorry you first home gave up on you, but it sounds like the dad over there is a total JERK. Now you have a good home with oomans that totally love you and will never hurt you. You are he winner in this girl, and so is your mom.

  21. Abby, you beautiful Diva, enjoy your special day. We're sharing your story on Facebook.

  22. Wow, Addy. We never noo your story before. That 'Dad' really is kind of a monstur.

    Purrrrrsss on your Gotcha Day, Abby. We hope you got lots of treats and cuddles. But only if you wanted them, of course.

  23. We never knew your story before Abby. You are such a beautiful little kitteh. Who wouldn't want you?

    I'm so glad that your cat mama didn't quit on you and that you didn't quit on her too.

    Happy Gotcha Day dear girl.

    Emma and Buster

  24. Happy Gotcha Day Abby! You may not have known it, but it was a lucky day for you. We remember the story of the girl and her dad, and living with a man like that who hates you is no way to live. Mica Moo is the cat we thought would be fun and playful. She may not be what we hoped for but she is the one we have and she has other wonderful qualities, so we understand. We hope you and your mom had a wonderful day together!

  25. That is a great story. We're glad Abby decided to stay! Happy Gotcha Day, Abby!!

  26. Thank Cod there are peeps like your Mom, Abby, who will love you through thick and thin. Happy Gotcha Day Abby!

  27. Happy Gotcha Day, Abby! We hope your day and year are filled with happiness and all the things you love most!

  28. We are so glad, Abby, that you realized that you are in the best home ever, it was meant to be. You get to be a diva and we are happy to hear all about it! Happy Gotcha Day!!


  29. Oh we are leaking over Abby's Gotcha Day story. We didn't know this. Sigh. That poor little girl...both Abby and the 7 year old. I can't imagine. Give Abby extra hugs and kisses from us. What a very special girl.

    xoxo Cory and family

  30. We gotted a little leaky reading that. We are happy you are together. And in spite of my contempt for and terror of Humans, secretly I *do* kind of like mine.

  31. Happy Gotcha Day Abby! We are sorry that you lost your first home, but happy that you ended up here. We have to believe that that awful man will get what he deserves. We do kinda like the idea of him coming back, again and again, as a mouse trapped in a house with lots of cats. Or similar.

    Laura & Taffy

  32. Happy Belated Gotcha Day Abby and many, many, many moooooore!!!!
    Your TX furiends,

  33. Happy Gotcha Day Abby! What a story of mixed emotions! That horrible dad!!!!! Poor little kid and poor Abby, but it is a happy ending :) Well done to all for persevering xox

  34. Poor Abby to be taken away from her first mom like that. So glad you found her.

    Cats of wildcat woods


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