Happy Gotcha Day to Me!

06 Feb

BongoToday’s my Gotcha Day! I’m so excited!

For any of my friends who don’t know what a gotcha day is, it’s for those of us who don’t know when our real birthdays are. It’s the day our people gave us our forever home.

It seems like a long time ago for me. Seven years. Do you believe it? Last year I posted a poem for my Gotcha Day so this year I thought maybe I should tell you a little bit about what happened.

I was out running and having a great time when someone picked me up and took me to this place with a lot of other dogs and put me in a little tiny caged area. I didn’t like that tiny area at all and every time someone walked by I jumped up and down in order to get their attention. Finally I guess I was at that place long enough or jumped high enough because I got promoted to a bigger caged area. And I had that area to myself. I didn’t have to share it with any other dogs.

People would walk by me and I’d bring them a ball and hope they’d throw it back so I could catch it. One day a lady and a boy came by and I had great fun playing catch with them, but like everyone else that came by they walked away and left me. A few people came by every day, like the ones who fed me and the ones who took me for walks, but lots of people came by once and then I never saw them again. Or even worse, they’d come back and ignore me and take another dog away with them.

So when I saw this lady and boy again the next day I figured they were coming to see some other dog. I couldn’t believe it when someone put a leash on me and handed it to those people. And they put me in their car and took me home with them.

I was kind of scared at first, but eventually I got used to how things were in my new forever home, and I started making a few rules of my own.

But there was one thing I couldn’t figure out for a long time. My new people, my person and younger person, had this cat ornament that they kept on top of the kitchen cabinets. That ornament moved around. Sometimes it was on one cabinet and then it would move to another one. But it never came down; at least that I could see.

Scratchy on the cabinets

Why would anyone want to keep a movable cat ornament on top of a cabinet?


Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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60 responses to “Happy Gotcha Day to Me!

  1. Ingrid D.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, Bongo!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Sweet Kitten. You’re the best!

  2. marina kanavaki

    February 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Happy Gotcha Day sweet Bongo! You are all so lucky to have each other [even Scratchy the ornament!] and it’s such a wonderful thing to celebrate!!! You should be very proud of your person, Bongo [ok, I know you are!]!
    Sending you loves – treats and many nose kisses!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much Marina. I love getting your loves.

  3. Mom

    February 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Happy Gotcha Day to you, Bongo!

    R & B recently celebrated a dog birthday, but you’ve inspired me to double the celebrations and add Gotcha Day to the calendar at home. 2 dogs x 2 birthdays x 2 Gotcha Days = MORE treats.

    Don’t worry: I’ll give you full credit for the idea.

    Thanks, Bongo! 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much mom. More treats are always better.

  4. Two French Bulldogs

    February 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Yea!! Happy Gotcha Day
    Benny & Lily

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Benny & Lily.

  5. Lola

    February 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

    What a great day! Aren’t we lucky to have found forever homes and families!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Lola, forever homes are the greatest. And good friends like you too.

  6. Genevieve Petrillo

    February 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Yay for you, B. Happy Gotcha Day. Thank goodness you got sprung from those cage places. Cage living is not nearly as fun as couch and snuggle living. Enjoy! xoxo

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Cupcake. Cage living is no fun at all. I’m so glad I found my forever home.

  7. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    February 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Bongo, you always make me laugh so much 😀 – a moving cat ornament – so funny!
    Wishing you a fabulous Gotcha Day and I’m so pleased you finally got such a wonderful home.

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Susan. It sure is great to have a good home – except maybe for having to share it with that cat ornament.

  8. Will and Eko

    February 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    No need to throw on your detective cap today because it’s no mystery why they picked you! Or should I say, you picked them.

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Will and Eko, it was definitely me that picked them but I had to convince them that it was the other way around.

  9. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom

    February 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Happy Happy Gotcha Day!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks so much Emily.

  10. themisadventuresofmisaki

    February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Yay! Happy gotcha day Bongo! Hope you get spoilt rotten:-)

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Misaki. I’m waiting for my trail time right now – one of the best things about my forever home.

  11. onebluedog

    February 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    7 years?? Wow! Happy 7th Gotcha Day, Bongo!! 😀

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Remy. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.

  12. colliesofthemeadow

    February 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    HAPPY GOTCHA DAY BONGO!!! What a moving story.. we are so glad you got a wonderful home with such a wonderful family! Thanks be to God. As for the movable cat ornament…. Ginger says throw water at it! Muwahahahahahah
    God BLess You!
    the collies and chuck and Ginger who is really happy you have a great home!!!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Collies and Chuck. I tried to give that movable cat ornament slobbery kisses, but it moved away.

  13. Kat n collies

    February 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day! 🙂 may the next 7 years be as wonderful as the first!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks so much Kat n Collies.

  14. rumpydog

    February 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day Bongo! If you ever decide to get a second ornament, I could help ya out!

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Rumpy, but you can keep June Buggie. I was thinking of sending Scratchy your way.

  15. Donna

    February 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day Bongo!
    I don’t know why people keep evil kitties up high like that. I think maybe they are like those creepy “Elf on a Shelf” things. 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks Donna. The problem with evil kitties up on high is you never know when they might jump on your back with all their claws out. I think the elf would be safer.

  16. Jessica

    February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day, Bongo! Boy…that ornament is quite furry! 😉

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks Jessica. I think my person likes furry things.

  17. Bosun Dawg

    February 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day Bongo! I’m glad those nice peeps gotcha.

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Bosun Dawg.

  18. bztraining

    February 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day! Gotta watch out for those Kitty ornament things. Definitely not to be trusted. 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks BZ. I learned the hard way about those kitty ornament things that aren’t to be trusted. They’re always up to no good.

  19. tylersat99

    February 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day!! What a great day for you and Mom. Probably not as great a day for the movable cat statue. And what a beautiful place to live with all the great walks. We are so happy that you have such a great life now:-)

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Lexie and Mica. I don’t think that movable cat ornament was very happy when I showed up.

  20. Sunshine

    February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    happy gotcha day, Bongo!! you are a lucky fella! 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Sunshine.

      • Sunshine

        February 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        you’re welcome, Bongo! 🙂

  21. angelswhisper2011

    February 7, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, Bongo. I like the ornament on the cabinet and its mobility… lol 😀

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Angels Whisper. I think I’ll take Little Binky over my ornament though.

  22. Dalton

    February 7, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Happy Gotcha day, I do hope we are having a pawty?

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Dalton. Come on over. We can have a pawty anytime you’re here.

  23. Avalon (cat)

    February 7, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Happy belated gotcha day, Bongo! Let’s drink some cat milk to this 😉

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Avalon. Milk sounds good. And thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  24. eripanwkevin

    February 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Happy Gotcha Day Dear Bongo! The lovely story that how you and your person met always makes my eyes filled in tears. *sniff sniff* I’m thankful to your person for having Bongo at her house and for letting you have started your blog, which is why I could meet you! 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Kevin. Now I’m getting teary eyed with your sweet comments.

  25. kolytyi

    February 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Happy Gotcha Day to you, Bongo, and to your persons, too! I found your Gotcha Day Poem really touching! It’s beautiful!

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Kolytyi. I’m glad you liked my poem. It was fun to write.

  26. dianeskitchentable

    February 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day Bongo! This made me a little teary eyed reading it but I know you got sooo lucky with the right people. I have no idea how anyone could have passed you by though. Diane

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Diane. I think everyone else passed me by because I was supposed to go with my people. I just had to wait awhile for them to show up for me.

  27. Anonymous

    February 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Reminds me of when I first saw Mr. Sammo as he tried to climb into my car.

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Sandra, climbing into cars is fun. You get to go on exciting adventures when you get into cars.

  28. Roberta

    February 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Bongo, you and your persons are so blessed. Happy belated Gotcha Day!

    • Bongo

      February 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Roberta.

  29. philosophermouseofthehedge

    February 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, Bongo – I’m late but Happy Gotcha Day! (Actually I was thinking about your special day coming up soon – and there it is!)
    Isn’t is odd how many people have those cat ornaments? Makes no sense.
    Paws high for Bongo!

    • Bongo

      February 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Karen and Molly. I haven’t figured out what cat ornaments are good for, but then my person does a lot of things that don’t make sense to me.


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