Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's St Pat's and Darby's 16th Gotcha Day!



Darby here today...St. Pat's and  Thankful Thursday to boot.  We are so very grateful for each and every one of you.  Knowing you care  helps us get through the ups and downs of life with 15 formerly feral cats!

Sweetpea with her paw


Before we get to my party - we had a serious vet visit for 17 year old Sweetpea this week.  She had not been eating and was losing weight.  It turned out to be a few things - she is hyperthyroid, had an infected tooth which was removed and she had an infected claw on her right front paw which was cleaned up.  All things have been taken care of  - she is hobbling along on a bandaged foot and sequestered in the master bedroom/bath for a week.  She needs to have shredded paper for litter until her paw heals over to keep it from getting re-infected.  Thanks so much for all the purrs for her.


Me not long after I was caught and spayed.
 Now for me - hard to believe it has been 16 years since Mom and Pop took me in.  I was living under their house in a crawlspace with a possum!  He would come out at night and I would come out during the day.  I was so feisty to other cats, protecting my territory, Mom thought I was a boy and named me the Irish male name of  Darby!  Oh well.  A lot of feral cats lived in this neighborhood and I just showed up all by myself  in the winter that year.  She figured I was born in the fall of 1999.

Early shot of me

I was tough to tame and Mom spent months working with me and an animal behaviorist to get to even pet me.  I would smack her hand with my paw.  I was scared and didn't know what was going on.  Even now I get rattled easy and can still smack the beans but they still love me.  I really bonded with mom since she spent so much time with me in the beginning.

Me at our old house.

Anyway, I am so happy to have been gotcha'd by the beans.  I have had a great life - I lived in their shop with Minnie for a few months until we all moved in one house together.  Then we all moved to where we are now  with all the white cats and I love it.  I enjoy looking out the window at goat, pony, turkey and bird TV, helping Mom on the computer, hanging out with Pop when he watches TV.  I don't even mind all my many brothers and sisters.  It sure beats living on my own outdoors.  Feral cats deserve love too!

Helping Mom

So put on some green and help yourself to the nip snacks and green munchies in honor of St Pat's and me!  Thanks for coming and for being our friends.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Nip coolers


catmint cookies


Make sure you grab a nip mouse


mouse flavored cupcakes


22 comments:

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Happy gotcha day! We're so glad you got gotted! And happy St Paddy's Day to all of you!

Summer said...

Happy gotcha day, Darby! I'm glad to hear that Sweetpea is on the mend.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Darby! We're thankful and glad your human had the understanding and patience to take you in and work with you.

Purrs to you all, especially Sweetpea at the moment. Have a wonderful celebration!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Gotcha Day Darby, we thinks your party is pawesome. We are sending some healing purrs to Sweetpea and hope she is all better soon.

Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi said...

Happy Gotcha Day! And Happy St. Patrick's Day! What a great party you have going on there. All the best to you!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Happy Gotcha Day Darby!!! You sure gotcha'd a great home. I will be praying for Sweet Pea, I am glad that her health issues were treatable.

Eastside Cats said...

Here's hoping Sweetpea heals up fast! And a Happy Gotcha Day, Darby...you sure are a pretty kitty!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Darby. You sure have some interesting tv at your house.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

A very happy GOTCHA Darby!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Brian said...

We are sure glad to hear Sweetpea in on the mend. Happy Gotcha Day sweet Darby and Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us!!!

The Swiss Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day Darby, we wish you a wonderful day ! And Happy St Patrick’s Day ! Purrs

Flynn said...

Happy St Patrick's Day, and happy Gotcha Day Darby.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Happy Gotcha Day and Happy St. Catrick's Day, friends!!! Purrs that Sweetpea feels better very soon.

The Island Cats said...

What a fun party! Happy Gotcha Day, Darby! And purrs for Sweet Pea. We hope she heals fast. And Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you!

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Darby! We love ya, pal. And Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you.

Purring and praying for Sweetpea. Get well soon, okay?

Cathy Keisha said...

Happy Gotcha Day! It must be fun to have a St. Paddy's Gotcha Day.

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy Gotcha Day to you!!

And glad you're feeling better Sweet pea.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Ooops we don't know how we missed this yesterday but we wish you a Happy Gotcha Day Darby.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Happy day, and happy things are under control for Sweetpea. Prayers, and love to you all!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

darby....a most happee bee lated gotcha day two ewe....we R sorree we R late with R best fishes, happee day wishes & salmon & perch pie fishes; we hope ya hada total lee awesum gotcha day & we hope ya haza nother 16 !!!! yur partee looked mega awesum ♣♣♣ we N joyed yur storee N...... we all sew send St Fancis' best two ewe sweetpea ♥♥♥

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Caren Gittleman said...

oh poor Sweet Pea! Sending purrs and prayers!!!! Happy Happy Belated Gotcha Day and Happy Belated St.Paddy's Day! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

Deziz World said...

You all look just gawjus. And awnty Katie Kat sed you paid our shippin' on da bookmark we won in da auction. Mommy and me wanted to say fank you very much.

Luv ya'

Dezi

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