Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tasha's Gotcha Day Story on Story Sunday

It's Tasha here. I'm going to post a story my mum wrote about how I got to live here. Here it is, as she wrote it for my Catster page.

It's Mum Kaz (or Karen) here: I really wanted to get another cat to keep Gypsy company during the day when I'm at work. Because Gypsy was (and still is) a somewhat "set in his ways" mancat, I decided that I should get a younger female cat. I've always had a soft spot for ginger cats, and particularly loved a ginger cat "Arnie" who lived with Mum & Dad for quite a few years.

So I searched for a young, ginger female cat located in Victoria on the Cat Match website (Cats from all over Australia are listed here). I found Tasha's listing and fell in love with her photo straight away. Tasha was living with her foster mum Megan and Megan's family at that time. They lived outside of Geelong, and it would take me well over an hour (or maybe two) to get there from my place. However, there was no question of looking elsewhere - I just had to bite the bullet and drive down there.

I contacted Megan and explained that I'd like to take Tasha to live with Gypsy and me. I could pick her up on the coming Saturday. Megan explained that Tasha would be spayed before I picked her up (very responsible), so there would be a delay of a week before I could pick Tasha up.

The ten days went a bit slowly, but finally the big day came! I checked Megan's address on the web at Whereis dot com, and made sure that I took my Melways street directory with me. It was a good trip, and I found the address without much trouble. There seemed to be heaps of cats and dogs there. Tasha had been living in Megan's room with a few other cats. She was understandably scared about getting into the transport cage, but I did the best I could to get her in quickly and then into the car to start the trip back to Melbourne.

We didn’t go straight home because I’d previously booked her in to see our V-E-T so that she could get her vaccinations before we actually went home. It was a pretty traumatic morning for the little kitty, and when we got home, she just hid under the lounge and slept for hours.

It was a gradual process to introduce Tasha to her new home, and eventually to her big brother, but it all worked out really well. Tasha was young and spunky enough to stand up for herself when she needed to, and won her big brother over by playing with him and grooming him. They’re great mates now!"

It's Tasha again: Mum's right you know, even though my big bro and I have wrestling matches that look ferocious, we really do like being around each other and just generally hanging out. I'm so glad Mum picked me out to come live here.

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Leslie said...

G'day! Is it hot down there? It was really hot here today but it is just cooling off now.

Lovely Gotcha story. :)

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wonderful Gotcha Story, Tasha. Thanks to your mom for sharing it. :)

Thank you for your kind words. I am feeling much better. Dragonheart

Kaz's Cats said...

It's been really hot down here in Melbourne lately (37 degrees Celsius on Saturday), but we did get a cool change at about 6.00 am today, so it made today quite nice. We're not really into weather that hot, we just find some shade and then try not to move much!

Daisy said...

I really enjoyed reading your Gotcha Day story. Tasha, this proves you are a very wonderful kitty since you got picked out specially over all the other kitties.

Parker said...

That was a great story! I'm glad your Mum picked you, it seems like a great match with Gypsy!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

That is an excellent story, it is traumatic what us cats go through you know - transported, neutered, other strange animals...well done for your feline resilience! x

The Misadventures Of Me said...

I loves your gotcha day story Tasha! And the bean picked you before she met you? That IS love at first sight. You's is very lucky!!

Mickey's Musings said...

That was a great Gotcha story!!!
You know you are loved because you were chosen :) I am so happy you have a wonderful Mom and a good brother :)
Purrs Mickey

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Hi Gypsy and Tasha, thanks furr visiting us. We will add you to our links list.
We enjoyed reading your Gotcha story Tasha.Our mum has always had a soft spot furr Gingers too. Although she has had all different colours over the years, there has always been at least one ginger amongst them.

Forty Paws said...

That's a wonderful story!

Thanks for visiting us!

Luf, Us

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Awww, we like our little brofur too, sometimes he's the only one in the house either of us will go near. We love dat story, yoor mom did a good job picking yoo.

Mr. Hendrix said...

What a great story! I love Gotcha stories of how we found our loving homes. It sounds like you have a great mommy and brother!

Artsy Catsy said...

Gypsy, come read about it! We've tagged you for the "7 Weird Things About Me" meme, and we can't wait to read your 7 weird things!

& everykitty at Artsy Catsy

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Excellent Gotcha Day story, Tasha. I think that you are furry photogenic ... 'specially in your Catster badge photo. You remind me of Feline American Pumpkin as you're the same color of ginger (he doesn't have a lick of white on him, though).

Thanks for visiting my bloggie!

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Nice story! Always good to hear about 'the past'. Tasha is such a cutie

Milton said...

That is a great gottcha story. Sometimes beans just can tell we are the one. Of course sometimes we can tell that they are the one.

Best of all you have a big bro to play with and hang out with.

Chrissie said...

Hey Gypsy and Tasha! So glad to make new friends in the land Down Under! Tasha, your Gotcha story is wonderful-thank goodness for people like Megan, who take in cats in need.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

You guys are lucky to have each other and such a good home!

Welcome to the Blogosphere!

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

What a terrific Gotcha Day story! It's very nice to meet both of you, Gypsy and Tasha. Willow and I are two cats who live in St. Louis, Missouri. We'll both come back to visit you and hope that you will visit with us too!

Purrrrrrrs, China Cat

Unknown said...

Hi Tasha and Gypsy!
I am a Ginger kitty toO! It's always great meeting new Gingers!
Me and my sisters look forward to reading about your adventures!

(and Dazey and Jesse-The Cyclone Cats)

Karen Jo said...

That's a great Gotcha Day story, Tasha. I am so glad that you are so happy in your forever home now.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Gypsy,
I've tagged you to participate in the "7 Weird Things About Me" meme so every kitty can learn more about you! Come read about it in our post today on our blog!
Very truly yours,
Mrs. Lilly White

Tybalt said...

What a great Gotcha Day story, and a great home you have! Purrs.