Wednesday, January 16, 2019

My 8th Gotcha Day, 500 Posts, A Comment-thon AND A Giveaway!

Hello, and Happy Wednesday! I’m super dooper excited today, can you guess why? Go ahead, take a guess. OK... never mind... let me just tell you. It’s my 8th Gotcha Day! Eight years ago today I was discharged from the hospital and came home forever! I can’t believe I’ve been with my forever family for eight whole years! Time sure does fly when you’re happy, doesn’t it? 


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I don’t share my story to make people sad or to make them feel sorry for me (“woe is me” isn’t my style. I'm much too happy-go-lucky for that! ). I share my story to bring attention to what happens to animals when they’re neglected and abandoned. My goal has always been to save animals from the experiences that I had, and to bring attention to pet adoption. When I wrote my book I meowed to myself, I meowed, “If I can save the life of one pet, then I will have done something good.” Can you guess how happy I was when someone said my story not only inspired her to adopt a cat from a shelter, but she named her cat Lola? I was over the moon! 

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I have lots of new friends that visit my blog, so very briefly I will tell you my story. One day I was found in a garbage dumpster in East Harlem in New York City. Some nice people found me and took me to a pet store where they did pet adoptions. The pet store took me to the shelter and I ended up getting very, very sick with an upper respiratory infection. I almost died. A wonderful lady named Leslie, who is such a good friend of our family now, saw me and decided to save me. She took me to her vet, where I had to stay in the hospital for more than two weeks! Leslie put my photo on Facebook, Mommy saw it, and the rest is history! I’m one lucky cat, that’s for sure! If you’d like to read my entire rescue story, you can purchase my book on Amazon, or just look to the right on the sidebar and you can buy it there! 


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Me in the hospital. This is the day I met Mommy! 

Because I was so sick, I still have what I call “sneeze problems.” I’m a sneezy cat, and I often get a runny nose. It’s hard for me to keep my weight on when I’m stuffy, but Mommy works very hard to keep meat on my bones! Other than that, I’m just purrfect now. 


The last eight years of my life have been the best ever, and I feel like the luckiest, happiest cat in the world! To keep up with tradition, I’m having a comment-thon to help other pets! For every comment we receive on this post and on our Facebook post between today and January 30, 2019, we’re donating 50 cents to our good friends at Pet Animal Welfare Society! (If you’d like to learn more about them, you can read this post that Mommy wrote when she visited.) PAWS does fantastic things for cats, dogs, and the community and we’re very excited to be raising money for them.


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Gabe at PAWS
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Zatz at PAWS


But that’s not all! We're celebrating… drum roll, please… 500 posts! I do have a little disclaimer to make. When we first started blogging we were on another platform and had a few posts there which did not transfer over to Blogger. And we had to delete a few posts from here during the Photo Bucket fiasco. But as of today, this is post 501! We all can’t believe that we’ve actually written that many posts! It’s been such fun to share our lives with you, and we’re looking forward to 500 more! 


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My second day at home. This is Mommy's most favorite photo of me ever. 

SO…. in honor of 500 posts, we're having a fab giveaway! Here’s what’s in the prize package: 


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There are two mugs in the photo so you can see both sides, but only one will be sent to the winner
The winner will receive a Lola The Rescued Cat mug, water bottle, and canvas tote bag. Plus, I’m throwing in a purrsonally pawtographed copy of my book. I hope you like the prizes I’ve chosen! We're sorry that the prize package can only be shipped in the USA, because it will be very expensive to ship overseas! BUT... if someone overseas is chosen as a winner, we will definitely send you a book. Then we will choose a second winner from the USA. 


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The giveaway is open to U.S. residents who reside in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. The winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. Giveaway closes on January 31, 2019 at 12:00 am Eastern Time. 


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Lexy, Mommy and I would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to everyone who visits our blog because you made 500 posts possible! Now Lexy and I have to think of a super great prize for our 1000th post! Oh, excuse me one second… What’s that, Lexy? That won’t be for a few more years? Well, we should be prepared! 


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Lexy and I face to face for the first time. She wasn't quite sure what to do with me! 

Thank you for celebrating my 8th Gotcha Day with me! With a family like mine and friends like you, I’m definitely the luckiest cat in the world. 

Lola

This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase our book using the link, we will earn a small commission. This does not affect your price at all. 

66 comments:

  1. Happy gotcha day, Lola! How awesome that you are having a commenthon for PAWS too!

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  2. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola! What a pawsome day that was when you got gotted! And what a fun way to celebrate!

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  3. Congratulations on your gotcha day Anniversary and your 501st blog post! And we think it’s awesome you’re having a commenthon for the Pet Animal Welfare Society! Linda, Pepper, and Dublin

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  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola! Such a happy ending to such a rough start!

    Laila

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  5. The big 8! Happy gotcha day sweet girl! We love all you do to bring awareness to people about saving lives! We are all rescues—two of us from a well cared for indoor/outdoor mama, one from the ACC kill list, and the rest of us from the mean streets of Jersey City! One had a partially severed tail, another a life threatening bite wound, and the other two were about to be cemented into a hole in a partially abandoned warehouse. The work that the good people of PAWS do helps animals like us have charmed lives! Concatulations on 501 blog posts, Here’s to many more!

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  6. Lola, you are a beautiful kitty, and concats on your 8th Gotchversary! And 500 posts; that's grand! I love your blog, and am happy to have found it. All of our cats are rescues, and they always will be.

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  7. A very happy Gotcha day, Lola! How nice that you’re celebrating by sharing with cats who are still waiting for their forever homes at PAWS. Gabe and Zatz have been adopted but there are so many more needing families.
    xxoo

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  8. Gosh, that is a lot of posts! So any good times too, and lots done and many folk helped. We hopes you have an awesome 8th Gotcha Day, and many many more of those and blog posts to come!
    Gotcha purrs
    ERin

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  9. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola ! A commentathon is a wonderful way to celebrate ! And concatulations on your 500 posts ! Purrs

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  10. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola, and congrats on your 500 posts. It is very nice of you to have a commentathon to celebrate.

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  11. Oh Lola, our sweet bootyful furiend. We're so glad you got gotted and that we're furiends. Happy Gotchaday and ConCats on 500 postys. We know your day will be as purrfect as you. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  12. Happy Gotcha Day Lola and congratulations on your 500th posts !

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  13. Happy Gotcha day precious Lola! And thank you for coming by mine too. I noticed you were over flirting with the DJ...but I won't tell your mamma. XXXXX

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  14. Happy Gotcha Day beautiful alola, I am so glad you found your happy home!!!

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  15. Happy Happy Gotcha Day!!!! Lubs <3

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  16. Happy Happy 8th Gotcha Day Sweetie!!

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  17. Happy bday, I'm sorry I entered once not knowing this is US only, please void that one :)

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  18. Happy Gotcha Day and congrats on 500 posts!

    My rescued cat, Sylvie, was born in a feral colony in Flushing and rescued by the SaveKitty Foundation when she was 3 months old. A few weeks after my 21-year-old cat died, I saw Sylvie's photo on the SaveKitty website and fell in love, and adopted her when she was 5 months old. She's been my sweet companion ever since!

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  19. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola! Happy 501 posts too! What a great celebration and wonderful giveaway! We're crossing our paws!

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  20. Happy Gotcha Day, Thank you so much for allowing us to celebrate with you.

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  21. Happy gotcha day, Lola! We are so thankful that you gotted the purrfect forever home that you did all those years ago. And wow ... congratulations on 501 posts! 😺 Thank you for helping the PAWS cats with your celebratory commentathon. Such a thoughtful way to celebrate your special day. We love you, Lexy and your mommy, too!

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  22. Happy Gotcha Day! And Congrats on 500 posts! Thank you for your friendship. XO

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  23. Lola, you, Lexy, and your mom are so wonderful the way you bring attention to the plight of homeless animals. It's so nice of you to do this donation to PAWS! Happy, happy gotcha day, Lola! We love you!

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  24. We love you Lola, Lexy, and Dawn! We are so happy you are our friends. <3
    Happy Gotcha Day, Lola!

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  25. Congrats on your 8th Gotcha day! We love both cats and dogs at our house and today (the 17th) is our girl Coonhound, Megumi's, 2nd birthday. You should celebrate together! In fact, that photo of you when your mommy first got you looks much like our Moko, who has been dealing with medical issues (hyperthyroidism and allergies). I had when my furbabies don't feel well. I'll do whatever I can to make her feel better! Anyway, what a great giveawy (although I got excited when I saw the scratcher, but then realized it wasn't part of the prize...maybe next time).

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  26. There are so many "what ifs" in your story, and we're glad none of them happened and you ended up where you are. See what you made your human do? good job!

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  27. Congrats Lola on the 500 posts. And happy gotcha day. So good of you to use your special day to give back.

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  28. Congrats on the 500 posts and happy gotcha day! I hope your story inspires more people.

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  29. Thank you so much for choosing to donate to Paws and for the great article you did in 2017 :)

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  30. Mew! Happy Gotcha Day! Good luck!

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  31. Lola, I’m so happy that you have a great family who loves you the way you deserve to be loved.

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  32. happy gotcha day I don't really have a email address so you will have to send me a PM

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  33. happee gotcha day two ewe lola N heerz ta de next 80 N heerz ta de next 50,000 postz.....stay in trubull, eat a fish pie, share sum with mom, will N lexy sew make that 72 fish piez N heerz two a yeer a head filled with happeez N healtheeez ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 984 PAWS up for hostin a commint thon ~~ ♥

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  34. A very happy Gotcha Day to you Lola and thank you for the years of fun and helping others.
    We all are looking forward to many to come and that 1000th post!
    Timmy and Family

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  35. 500 Posts! Totally epic girl HooWOOO

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  36. Hooray! Much to celebrate with a big Gotcha Day and 500 posts!!!

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  37. Happy Day! ��

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  38. Woot woot! Happy Gotcha Day! We're so happy that you ended up with your mom and in the perfect forever home. And wow, 500 post! That's so cool! Looking forward to your next 500 posts!

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  39. Happy Gotcha Day, and here's to many more! Congrats on your 501st post too!

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  40. Happy Gotcha Day, Lola! And thank you both for bringing us so much happiness.

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  41. Happy Gotcha Day Lola, sending you a big big hug as you are one lucky girl to have such a fantastic home, woof with love from Layla

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  42. Wohoo - the eighth gotcha day! Happy Gotcha Day! Such a wonderful thing it is to rescue pets!

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  43. Happy gotcha day, Lola. And congratulations on 500 posts! I don't have that many yet, but I'm getting there!

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  44. Happy Gotcha Day! I always love reading your blog. 500 plus posts is awesome!

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  46. Happy Gotcha Day my darling niece! How fast time has passed since Mama Pheebs and I first followed your journey and adoption on Facebook. I am so proud of all you, Lexy and Mommy have done to help cats in need. You are a ladycat to be admired.

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  47. Happy Gotcha Day Wow 500 posts! Here's to another 500 more!! Have a great week!

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  48. Happy gotcha day - and what a generous thing to do to celebrate! I will definitely share this with my kitty pals!

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  49. Happy Gotcha Day and congratulations! 500 posts is fabulous- we love visiting you. Great giveaway too. XS

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  50. We met your Mum and bought your book at BlogPaws. We think your story is SO amazing and wow you had a narrow squeek didn't you.

    Happy Birthday from us all sweet lady cat.

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  51. Wow! Gotcha Day and 500 posts! Congratulations! You are so lucky you found your mom. We know she loves you and would do anything for you.

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  52. well done!! 500 posts is no small thing!! and I am so happy for you... 8 years is a good long time to be happy! I don't think most humans can pull that off!

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  53. How wonderful it is that you celebrated your 8th Gotcha Day last week! Happy Belated Gotcha Day wishes! So glad you are a part of the cat blogging world! Cheers, big hugs & kisses to you for always writing always high quality posts!

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  54. Happy 8th Gotcha Day, Lola!! I love your comment a thon, it is so special to use your gotcha day to help other kitties just like you.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs luv us and we luv them

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  55. Happy Gotcha Day! Awesome giveaways; I wish I had cats :-) Well, not really. LOL

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  56. Congratulations on your gotcha day!! What a cool giveaway. Much love to you and your family!

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  57. congrats, you were adopted by a wonderful family. i would love this, to read the book about you. not sure my dogs would like seeing me drinking coffee out of a cat mug. oh well.

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  58. Happy (belated) Gotcha Day, Lola! Hope you had a great time.

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  59. I absolutely love what you blog about. Feels like my life! Lol I have 7 cats plus I help strays and build outdoor spots. Plus feed them. I think it's a great toy! I try making stuff for my cats too hasn't worked out yet lmao but I try

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  60. All of my cats are rescues and they are the best! Happy Gotcha Day!

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  61. Congrats on 500 posts anand Happy Gotcha Day Lola. We hope there are many more posts for us to read and view.

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  62. Awww Happy Gotchya Day!!! I remember the day I got my sweet babies too, it's the best!

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  63. Oh, what a gorgeous kitty you were, Lola...and still are😸Pawkisses for a Happy Gotcha Day🐾😚😻

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