Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving and Joey's Gotcha Day

Welcome one and all to our annual Thanksgiving/Joey's 11th Gotcha Day celebration!!!  CB has him down for the 25th but we do it on Thanksgiving each year.

This year is a very special one since our beloved Joey has been diagnosed with skin cancer and chronic renal failure.  We hope that with treatment he will be around for a long time to come.  We are enjoying each day that we have with him and giving him lots of extra love, special foods and anything he wants, really!

Joey when he was still living outdoors.

In honor of  his 13th year (since he is a feral, we really don't know what day or month he was born other than in fall 1999) we are going to list 13 things that we are so very grateful for about Joey.

1.)  We are grateful for his sweet loving nature.  He gets along with all the other cats and will not fight even when provoked.  He will just walk away.

2.) We are very thankful for his cancer - if it hadn't been for his skin lump, we might not have done blood tests that told us he had chronic renal failure!  We might have lost him to that without even knowing what was wrong since he showed no symptoms of any kidney issues.

3.) We are appreciative of his homeopathic cancer vet - Dr Loops.  So far Joey's lump is shrinking and he is acting more like himself and being more social. Other than his CRF, he has no other symptoms.  So far, so good.

4.) We love his loud numbly purr.  You can't help but hear him.  If he even thinks you are gonna pet him , the motor revs up ad the purr gets going.  It wakes Pop up when he sneaks on the bed with Mom!  She has to keep telling Joey to be quiet and not purr - like that will happen!

5.) We are thankful for his funny sideways hop when he gets excited or happy about something - just like kittens do when they are happy!

Joey with his bandage/bandana

6.) We love his tiny face and huge big golden eyes - he looks so intense when he looks right at you.  He makes eye contact whenever you speak to him.

7.) We love how he loves to help Mom make the bed - hiding under the covers and making her work so hard!!! heehee

8.) We are grateful for how easy going he is - he never makes a problem when he has to go the the vet.  Not even when they have to take blood or give him fluids.  He just lets everyone do the procedures and is happy to help.

9.)We love his big droopy belly that swings from side to side when he walks. He is small but all his weight goes in his belly - always has.  When he was still outside, people thought he was a pregnant girl cat - NOT! 

10.) We love the tiny ear tufts at the end of his ears and the way his left ear has a nick in it - probably from a fight long ago.

11.)We adore how he likes to make a Joey sandwich - snuggled between two ladycats.

Minnie and Joey wrestling years ago.

12.)We are grateful that Joey's litter mate Minnie is still with us and can be with her brother.  Only two other cats from that feral group are still alive now - Sweetpea and Ivy.  Ivy and Joey have grown very close and snuggle often together.

13.) Most importantly, we are very thankful that we took Joey in on impulse that Thanksgiving Day 11 years ago.  He had been in yet another fight and  had an abscess. He came into the enclosed porch willingly but then freaked out and hid behind the freezer all day. It took most of the morning to get him out and into a safe place. Not what Mom had planned during all the dinner preparations!

Enough about Joey - let's get this party going.  Since you all must be chock full of turkey, we are going simple with cake and ice cream to celebrate today! Help yourself, put your feet up and kick back in one of many snuggle spots throughout the house!  Just chill and enjoy the mellowness like our  Joey!

Thank you for stopping by to help us celebrate our Joey.  We do appreciate each and every one of you and hope to be friends for many years to come!  This party will be running for a few days so those of you that are busy on Thursday can still visit!  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us Cats of Wildcat Woods!


Pasha's Mommy said...

Happy thanksgiving and happy Gotchaday Joey! We wish you many many more happy years!

Kwee Cats and Art said...

Mr. Joey, you are one great cat. We are going to be purring for you. We hope all you guys have a super great Thanksgiving.
Love and hugs!

Barb said...

Happy Joey Day!

gobble gobble gobble!

Summer at said...

Happy gotcha day, Joey! I hope that you have many more - you are awesome!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Happy Gotcha day Joey..Happy Thanksgiving Hugs GJ xx xx

Brian's Home Blog said...

We love you too Joey, Happy Gotcha Day!!! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!

Fuzzy Tales said...

This is such a beautiful, thank-full post, perfect for Joey's Gotcha Day and your Thanksgiving celebration.

Joey, we wish you the BEST Gotcha Day yet, and hope you will celebrate many more yet.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Gotcha Day Joey and here's to many more. We hope you all have a wonderful day on your Thanksgiving. Take care.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Joey! We are purring for you!!

And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Thanks for being our furiends!! oxoxox

CCL Wendy said...

Happy 11th Gotcha Day, Joey! Wow! It's obvious how much your Mom loves you by all that she says about you. You have made such an impact on her life, as much as she has on yours.

We hope, too, that your treatment will keep you around for a lot longer.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you all! There is obviously much to be thankful for.

Marg said...

Happy Gotcha day to you Joey. Also Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We hope you have a great day Joey. Good boy for fighting all those diseases so bravely.

Marilia said...

How much pawtyyyyyyyyy!
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Happy Gotcha Day, Joey!

Cat said...

Oh Joey what a truly special boy you are!!! Happy Gotcha Day and Happy Thanksgiving friends!!!

Cara n Crew said...

Such a pleasure to learn more about Joey :) What a sweetheart! Thanks for inviting us to the pawty. YoW! What a spread :D Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Gotcha Day, Joey! Here's a niptini toast to many more!

Pip, Smidgen, minnie, Hollie

Oskar said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nubbin wiggles,

Mr. Black said...

That was a wonderful post about Joey. What a great cat!

Happy Thanksgiving, and a special Happy Gotcha Day to sweet Joey.

Just Mags said...

Happy Gotcha Day sweet Joey and Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We are thankful you are our blogging friends. Hugs and nose kisses

Julia Williams said...

Happy Gotcha Day to Joey, and Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day.

Fr. Tom Fish said...

We want to give thanks right along with you! With all our caring, they turn around and bring out the best in us!

Happy Gotcha Day, sweet furriend, Joey!

We're catching up with everyone, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom, Mom Julie & the kitties

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha Day Joey! We are purring for you that you will be around for many more.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you.

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Gotcha Day to Joey and Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Florida Furkids

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Gotcha Day, Joey! We love you, and your family! Big hugs!

Jacqueline said...

Happy Gotcha Day, handsome Joey=we are purring and praying for your easy recovery, sweetie...Happy Thanksgiving, we are very grateful to be your friends! ...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

Cathy Keisha said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you guys got your share of turkey. I did! Happy Gotcha Day too Joey. Sending healing purrz.

Samantha & Mom said...

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Gotcha Day Joey!! We will purr for you to get all better!! Have a wonderful Day!
Your TX furiends,

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

We hope that Joey had a wonderful Gotcha Day and that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! No coincidence that those 2 events fell on the same day!

GLOGIRLY said...

Happy Gotcha Day sweet Joey!!! Big (((purrs))) from all of us. : )

... and Happy Thanksgiving from Katie & Glogirly.
We are so very thankful for your friendship.

psssst! We're having a PINK Friday Giveaway at tomorrow!

Fenris and Family said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day Joey, we are sorry we are late coming by. We spent yesterday hiding cause Mommy had people over. By the time they left she got the kitchen cleaned up and found us she was mumbling stuffs like I am tired. I am just going to chill etc and we couldn't get a lick of work out of her.

Looks like you had a wonderful party, can't believe all the foods you have left we will just have a nibble of them as we are still stuffed from yesterday's leftovers and have a nice visit with you and the other kitties.

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Joey! Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!

Katie Isabella said...

Joey, my mommy had happy tears in her eyes reading your dear story. All of our love sweet boy. Many smooches.

Quill and Greyson said...

Sorry I'm late!! Happy Belated Gotcha Day Joey!!

Donna said...

Happy Gotcha Day! :). Me send u kisses. xoxoxoxo

Ellen Whyte said...

Awwwwww, Happy Gotcha Day, Joey!

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. You are doing such wonderful work. The cats are very blessed to have you on their side.



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