Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's Still Gracie's GOTCHA

You may be gone from my sight
but you're never gone from my heart.
~Winnie the Pooh


It's our first Gotcha day without Gracie. Today would have marked her ninth one. Gracie and Abby came within 5 weeks of one another. That was not by design. For those who may be new to our blog, Gracie was rescued from the ACA because we were there looking for the feral cat who had adopted us and lived inside my husband's workshop. She had been missing for a week and we wanted to make sure she had not been picked up Animal Care. Gracie was about 6 months old and she had been abandoned at the front door of the ACA. They did not want to let her in because they knew she stood no chance of adoption. We didn't find Button there (the cat we went there to look for) but we found Gracie. Gracie blessed us with nearly 9 years. We truly miss her and still can't believe that she left us way too soon.

*** I am also posting the full story I did for Gracie's GOTCHA in 2011 below. ***

Gracie Grace

In July of 2005 we lost our sweet and sassy little teeny tiny tortie girl named Button.
To this day we do not know what happened, but I now surmise that she simply went into the wooded area adjacent to our home and quietly laid down and died. But at the time we did everything we knew to find her, including making a dreadful trip to the local Animal Care and Control shelter in Clay County Florida.
We were waiting to go back and look in the cages to see if by some chance Button had been picked up accidentally by the ACC. You see Button was a true tortie girl, she had a mind all her own, and in her mind, she wanted to be the workshop cat. No thank you she'd say: I refuse to be an indoor girl. So she was free to roam around in the day, but at night she was happy to go back inside my husband's workshop where she was safe overnight.
As we waited to go back inside the ACC, there was this young sweet tabby kitty right outside the front door mewing and playing and interacting with every single person that came inside the shelter. We asked the receptionist about the kitty and she said she had been abandoned and that they didn't want to take her inside because things did not look good for her as they are a very high rate kill shelter (kitties and woofies have 72 hours) and they were hoping someone would just take her, did we want her for free? WE laughed and said we were there to see if our kitty Button was there and no we would pass.
Well...I was in for the shock of my life.
To this day I will never forget being taken to the back room, the last stop before euthanasia.
I saw pure bred cats, I saw everyday cats, I saw fear and the smell of death.
I started crying and I'm even crying now.
I was so heartbroken.
All of these beautiful cats....
But no Button.
She wasn't there.
As were leaving, my husband paused as we passed by the front door watching  this young kitten playing and he said to me, "do you want to take her". What was I thinking? I was thinking she too was going to die if I didn't take her, so we said to the ACC tech, we'll take this tabby with us, and they went and got us a cat container and we picked up the little tabby and off we went back home.
As we were driving home, I thought what have I done?
A 5th cat!!!!
What am I going to do with 5?
I had just added Abby in June, and now I was bring another cat into the mix! (AND Abby had yet to adjust ... but that's another story)
So we brought her in.
Separated her and then took her to the Vet. She was 100% fine and do you know within a few hours after being given the medical A-OK she fit right in and has ever since and now you know Gracie's full GOTCHA story!
Yes that was Gracie. 
She fit right in from the very beginning.
She was oh so grateful.
I'm so sorry that Gracie had to leave far too soon for the RB. 
Both her Daddy and I miss her so.
But, I do know, without a doubt, we saved her that July. She had what everyone wants and needs:
a true home, where she was loved and cared for.
Where she will always be.
Miss you Gracie Grace.


  1. We always think that Grace was meant to be yours. Purrs and happy Gotcha Day over the Bridge Miss Grace.

  2. Wonderful story and tribute. Funny how they leave us and find us in a never-ending circle of love. May Gracie be purring as you and all of us think of her on her Gotcha day.

  3. Gracie was just meant to be yours. She's looking down and purring from the Bridge as you and we remember her.

  4. Beautiful story. Brings tears to my eyes that she left so early. sads. sads too for Button, I hope they are enjoying each other as they keep near you, waiting for you. - hugs and purrs to you for giving Gracie the gift of life.

  5. And I'm positive Buttons had a paw in your finding your sweet Gracie! I'm always amazed at how we get just the right cats for US.

    Gracie, Happy Gotcha Day, you are your People's, forever.

  6. Purrs to you today. I don't think I ever heard Gracie's story before - I am so glad you rescued her.

  7. Lots of purrs and hugs as you remember Gracie's Gotcha Day. We love Layla's comment, that they leave us and find us in a never-ending circle of love.


  8. Such a beautiful little girl ...
    always and forever.

  9. The Gotcha Day will last forever. TBT still celebrates Skeeter and LCs gotcha days (Halloween 1992 and 1993 respectively.

  10. We are so sorry Button went missing but so thankful it lead to you finding Gracie. ((hugs)) we know it is hard for you that she is at the Rainbow Bridge with Abby.

    You know it seems as if those two were meant to be together always.

  11. We miss you sweet Gracie. Happy Gotcha Day at the Bridge sweetie.

  12. We are so glad you saved Gracie and although she left you too soon she was very happy with you and knew love.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  13. :( that was beautiful. I got all teary eyed reading this. The first gotcha day without her must be horrible for you. I'm glad you have 9 years of memories though.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  14. Thanks for sharing the story of Angel Gracie's Gotcha Day. We knew it was a special day when we looked at the calendar today.

  15. You gave her a life she never would have had even tho it was not long enough. Happy Gotcha day Gracie!

  16. Angel Gracie...left a loving paw print on the hearts of all who knew her.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  17. Happy Calendar Cat Weekend to AngelGracie.

  18. We sure wish Angel Grace a happy Gotcha day and we are so so glad that Gracie found and that Button helped to find Grace. Take care.

  19. We're so glad your paths met that fateful day. Gracie Grace was such a beautiful girl. Thank you for sharing her story. xoxo

  20. What a beautiful, wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it.

  21. Gracie was very fortunate that you went to the shelter that day and gave her a life full of love and caring.
    Happy Gotcha Day at the Bridge Gracie.

  22. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Gracie, you brought a big smile on all our faces when we turned the CB calendar over and saw your sweet face. We miss you, sweet girl.

  23. Gracie was a beauty, I am glad she got to be loved 9 years with you. It is so sad that so many shelters euthanize without even trying to adopt them out or foster them.

  24. What a lovely story about Gracie. She was such a lucky girl. Button probably led you to find her in some way. We noticed she is on the CB Calendar today. Very appropriate for her Gotcha Day. We know she will always be in your hearts. Have a great weekend. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  25. Gracie was such a lucky girl that you were there looking for Button. You didn't think you needed a fifth cat, but Gracie (and probably Button) knew otherwise, and we're so glad you had those wonderful years with her. Big hugs and purrs to you as you remember her on her gotcha day. <3

  26. Tears. It's a loving story but tears. xxoo

  27. It's clear that sweet Gracie was meant to be with you all along. Hugs to you, as you remember the day the two of you gotcha'd each other's hearts.

  28. This is such a beutiful story. Happy memories to you on this day, and happy celebrations to you, sweet Gracie. Many purrs and hugs to all.

  29. We remember Gracie's story and know she got a big break that day when she went home with you. :)

  30. such a beautiful story, love that you are still celebrating her Gotcha Day. We miss she and Abby terribly xoxoxo

  31. This story always gets us. Love and purrs to you in remembering your sweet Gracie and her Gotcha Day...

  32. Happy Gotcha Day Angel Gracie! Sorry we missed it. Beautiful tribute post. Thank you for re-sharing Gracie's Gotcha story.
    Marty and Mom

  33. That was such a beautiful story. I know after my taking "the kitten" last year to save from illness I never thought he would stay. After all what would I do with "7 cats".
    After nursing him for over two weeks as he was on the edge I really could not let him go.
    I feel we are blessed when these beautiful cats come to us. They give so much more than they require of us.
    Dad Pete

  34. Aww, I loved this story and tribute! You and Gracie were so lucky to have found each other. You gave her nine wonderful years in a loving home. No kitty could have asked for more.


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