Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy 19th Gotcha Day Yoko (And Mother's Day too)

Mom here today.  Nineteen years ago on Mother's Day weekend, dear sweet Yoko was a gift from my husband to me, a rescued 6 week old kitten from Animal Control in Florida. It has been a pleasure to share our lives with her. She has been giving us the gift of her love over and over through all these years. Here are some things about Yoko that make us smile....

...her gift of burrowing into bedding, pillows and settling in as if we put her there. her easy going nature makes her  a perfect victim for stalking and surprise ambushes (like this one with Darby behind her)

....sneaks onto the bed at night to curl up next to me.

...licks me awake int he early morning hours telling me she hungry. she licks cream cheese off my finger and closes her eyes, looking so supremely happy to eat this.

 ...loves to sit and stare at the Christmas tree lights for the longest times

...eats very slowly, deliberately, pausing every so often (it seems like) to savor her food

her funny feet that seem too big for her body 

...naps in the oddest places - on the sweaters in the closet, under newly washed laundry

...wails in a high squeaky voice when she wants something.  (This is how she got her name.)

We leave you with this song by John Lennon called Oh Yoko, about her namesake!

We love you sweet Yokie  and hope you will be with us for years to come!  You were the best Mother's Day gift I ever got.  Help yourself to the cake, ice cream, nip, tunnels, crinkle balls and  let the celebration begin! 

All of us at Wildcat Woods wish all Moms everywhere a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!


meowmeowmans said...

Such wonderful memories! Wishing you all many more still to come. Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko!

And Happy Mother's Day, too. :)

Gemini and Ichiro said...

A very happy gotcha day! 19 is a big one!

Summer at said...

Happy birthday to you, Yoko! You are an amazing kitty - I wish I could be like you when I grow up (I am not quite 10... a mere youngster compared to you)!

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Happy 19th Gotcha Day Yoko. We loved reading all the endearing things about you that make you very special.
We arewishing for you good health and many more special days to celebrate with your family.

Hugs & Purrs
All of us at
Boo-Bahs Little Sunshines

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy 19th Birthday Yoko!!! You still look like a baby to me.


Fuzzy Tales said...

Sweet Yoko, we wish you a very happy Gotcha Day! We hope today is filled with extra treats and cuddles.

And a very happy Mother's Day to your human "mom," who takes such amazing care of you all.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Hope you will hae a pawsome day together with your family !
Happy Mothersday tou your mom :)

HH and The Boys said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko. You are one special kitty.

And, Happy Mother's Day too.

pawhugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

Brian's Home Blog said...

Happy Gotcha Day beautiful Yoko!!! Happy Mother's Day to your Mom and to Mom's everywhere!

Marg said...

Hi there Yoko. You sure are a pretty kitty. Happy Happy Birthday to ya. We are on our way to help you eat all that food. Those cakes look so yummy so save us a little bit. Hope you have a great day. Also Happy Mother's day to that super Mom of yours. Take care.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko! You couldn't have been gotted into a better home!!

And Happy Mother's Day!

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful Yoko!!! Happy 19th Gotcha Day! You are truly wondeful and beautiful! Me and Charlie love your pic as a little itty bitty kitty!!! Enjoy your special day! And HAPPY MOTHER'S Day!! Take care

Terri said...

I love hearing about furbabies and their habits! Happy Gotcha Day to Yoko and Happy Mother's Day to you!

Katie Isabella said...

Oh how beautiful she is and what a loving tribute to this darling of yours. I love her and I am waaaay over here. Please pet and kiss her from her Auntie Carole across the mountains. xoxox

Forty Paws said...

Happy 19th Gotcha Day Yoko!!! And many more to come! You are a very sweet poodin.

Luf, Us

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

A furry Happy Gotcha Day & Mothers Day to you, Yoko.
Now I's got to update tha CB and mine Offishul Calendar, fur some reason yours web address was missing.
Love & Purrs,

My Mind's Eye said...

Happy Gotha Day Yoko you are indeed the most precious gift that keeps on giving. Such adorable pictures you are a beautiful lady

Happy Mother's Day to your very special Mom
Hugs Madi and Mom

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy NINETEENTH Gotcha Day, Miss Yoko! Mommy says your Mom is so lucky to have such a sweetie like you, and not uncouth rogues like us!

Wishing you a Very Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Katnip Lounge!

Cara n Crew said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko! and Happy Mother's Day to your mom :) such a wunnerful celebration, we hope you all have a great day!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnnie, Hollie

Oui Oui said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko! What a wonderful tribute! We are wishing you many more beautiful years.

Happy Mother's day to your mom too!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

WOW 19 YEARS!! You are truly blessed!!! Yoko...that video that is there is one of my faves....I used to sing that to my Angel Bobo and substituted Yoko for Bobo!

We wish you many more happy years and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for putting up a "subscribe by email" option...I just signed up! That is sooo much easier than going to a blogroll! This way I can keep up with ALL of your posts because I ALWAYS read my emails!

Much love!

The Lee County Clowder said...

NINETEEN YEARS!? That is impressive.

Hope you have a great Gotcha Day, Yoko, with lots of treats and cuddles. You probably sing better than the famous Yoko.

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Yoko! We enjoyed the party stuff, and just want to say "19 is AWESOME!"

Laura & Taffy

Cezar and Léia said...

Yoko is an adorable girl!
All love and happiness to her heart!

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Ahh... what great memories. How wonderful and thank you for sharing.

I love those "funny feet". Just adorable.

A few Good Cats said...

So many terrific memories! Happy birthday, Yoko!


We are so sorry we are late. Mom has not been online a lot the last few days. WE are so glad to know you celebrated such a special purrday and we wish you at least 19 more.
Happy Purrday Yoko.

Debra Taylor said...

Yoko was so cute when a little one!!! I love that photo. I have a cat who's paws are big for her body.

Hope your mother's day was good.

For those reading this, check out my cat blog archives for some informative posts and archived stories about the cat abandoned/feral colony I manage.
Debby in Arizona

Oui Oui said...

Hi everyone! I'm back to say thank you so much for coming to my party and helping to make it a success! I hope you had a great time. It was a pleasure to see you all there.

I love your tribute to Yoko, and love how she got her name! (I know I've already said that.)

catsynth said...

Happy belated Gotcha Day to Yoko (and belated Mothers Day to all the moms reading this). The post is a great tribute to both!

It's a good combination of days to celebrate. For us, it's great that Luna's Gotcha Day in June often coincides with Fathers Day ;)



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