Chris’s Thirteenth Gotcha Day

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It has been thirteen years since Chris came to live with us and I don’t think it is a stretch to say that he changed our lives. I imagine things would be very different if I didn’t need to fill in for someone that day at the Petsmart adoption center where I first saw Chris. For one thing, I probably would not be blogging today and would have missed out on knowing so many great people . . . and pets.

I think this is a good time to walk down memory lane.

I believe this is the first photo I have of Chris. It was taken with the low-quality camera that was on my non-smartphone at the time. I had met Chris a few times before while volunteering at the shelter and thought he would make a good candidate for adoption. I even spoke to my wife about him. Another volunteer snapped this photo with my phone and I texted it to my wife, who was out of town on a business trip. I wrote, “Can we keep him?”

When Rose first came to see him he did not disappoint.

Bad Cat Chris at adoption center with Rose.

After we got him home he continued his affection.

Early picture of Bad Cat Chris and Rose

But first, there was a home to explore. Here he is moments after we arrived home and I opened his carrier.

He basically took over the house and our other cats just let him. In return, Chris was very affectionate to the other cats, weather they liked it or not.

Bad Cat Chris on Curio Cabinet

He even influenced others to misbehave.

But he has always been the glue that holds the group together.

I will leave you with a “Best of Bad Cat Chris” video that I put together about seven years ago.

Many of you know I wrote an ebook about Chris over nine years ago. Much of it was taken from this blog and tells the story of our early struggles with raising a bad cat. I have made the book free until the end of the day Wednesday. To get your free kindle ebook, click here.


37 thoughts on “Chris’s Thirteenth Gotcha Day

  1. onespoiledcat

    Happy Gotcha Day Chris – you changed everyone’s lives the day you came to your forever home and I know all that affection has made everyone feel loved. You’re a special guy – ALL of us think so!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

  2. kittiesblue

    Happy Gotcha Day, Chris. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸŽ‚πŸŽ You definitely have been a mischievous cat. Thanks for sharing all the cute photos and video. Hope your day is special with lots of treats and cuddles. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Kizmet, Audrey & Raleigh

  3. Caren

    That boy is such a character! LOVED that video of Chris when he first arrived at your home. The tail in the air speaks volumes! He was ecstatic to be there and what kitty wouldn’t be happy with food around every corner, toys and places to nap? He knew he hit the jackpot!! The cabinet video cracked me up too, neither of my other two boys ever opened cabinets, but like Chris, Roary does!!!!!! HAPPY 13th Gotcha Day Chris!! May there be many, many more to come! xoxo

  4. sierrakoester

    A most Happy Gotcha Day to you, Chris! I also found Carmine in a PetSmart adoption center. πŸ™‚

    By the way, Carmine says orange boys are the bestest!


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