Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Sugar!

I adopted Sugar THREE years ago this afternoon! Every moment of the past few years with her has been the best, and she has been the one thing that kept me going strong throughout the pandemic (and the one thing that has kept me from sleeping past 3:30 am :’).

I remember every moment of the day she came home. The day started of with me spotting her on PetFinder and falling in love with the tiny calico, racing down to the Winnipeg Humane Society, then having my heartbroken when I found out she was already adopted but I was on the waitlist if something changed, going for a long run, and then receiving a phone call… I was completely out of breath (probably at the shock, and a bit of not being very fit!) that there was a mistake and she was MINE if I wanted to adopt her still. OF COURSE I DID!

I started this blog the day I got her intending on sharing life as a kooky cat lady. I didn’t actually post anything here until many months later though!

Just some favourite moments over the past couple of years! Amazing to see a shy little cat turn into a silly little cuddle monster, and me turn head over heels into a cat lady~!

The morning after she came home!
A couple of weeks after she got home she climbed to the top of the cabinets (bonus look at before they were painted pink – eek!!) Can’t believe this ever SHOCKED me considering she lives up here now! LOL!

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Happy Gotcha Day, Sugar!

It’s time to celebrate one full year of having my cat, Sugar! I don’t think I’ve shared the adventure of the day I brought her home yet!

This is the very first picture I took of her on the way back from the shelter. My hands were shaking so hard and I couldn’t figure out how to make the camera work!

After years of contemplating and imagining bringing a cat home, it finally felt like the right time to do so in the winter of 2018. I had been poking my head in on local cat adoption websites waiting for the purr-fect meow-tch! On April 18th of 2018, I went to the Winnipeg Humane Society to meet a little tiny fluff named “Gooey” who caught my eye! She was the only female kitten at the shelter at that time (in a litter with some hilarious brothers named Huey, Dewey, Lewie, and Stewie!)

Let’s just say that day ended up being a little wild! Another couple in line next to me was discussing her, and my heart never felt like I was in such a race in my LIFE! Fortunately, the adoption agent working with me typed just a little bit faster, so I was first to get in to meet her (just so you know: that couple ended up adopting another super cute cat so really everyone wins!) When I did get to see Gooey for the first time, it was probably what people feel like in romance movies – I think I probably had literal heart eyes and my future flashed before me! Even my Dad, who has always claimed to be profoundly “I don’t even want a cat in the same room as me!” was completely smitten.

But of course what’s life without more craziness?! I was SO ready to sign my life away and turn into a doting kitty mom. But then found out that there had been a mistake… Somebody else had already tentatively adopted her – but they still had 24 hours to decide if they were going to go through with it. My heart was crushed! I was put on a waitlist just in case the other person decided not to go through with it (but all I could think was who in the world would ever decide not to adopt her?!) I went home trying not to cry and think about how there were a ton of other cats that needed homes too. But of course still crossed every finger and toe I had just in case!

Fortunately, sometimes miracles DO happen! A couple of hours after meeting her at the shelter, I was out for a run and got a phone call (very odd for me to get a call, and even more so to stop and answer it!) The person on the other side told me there was an error – and Gooey was mine if I wanted her! There was no “other person”, it was an input error! If I wanted her?!? My running app shows that is my fastest kilometer back EVER haha. Then basically the rest of that day was a blur! I decided to call “Gooey” Sugar instead, and the little sweetie immediately fit right in to my life!

It’s truly astounding that I’ve spent 365 days with her – like I mean the earth has gone around the sun a full time, and what was once a little squeaky kitten is now VERY loudly meowing CAT!

It’s kind of weird to think back ten or even twenty years to when I was BEGGING my parents for a cat of my very own and how I imagined cat mom life to be. I can definitely say that this is even better! Here’s to many many more years with this sweet girl!

Just a spoonful of Sugar! 4 months vs. 14 months!
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