A year ago today…

By Misaki’s mummy

A year ago today our lives changed: a little bundle of fluff crashed head-first into our hearts and home and turned everything upside down.

I remember sitting in the backseat of the car with her on the way home worrying if we’d done the right thing. Would be able to take care of her? Could we give her everything she needed? Had we thought about this enough? Would she be happy with us?

My family had many pets over the years and from a young age I was taught that they were a big commitment, whether it was a goldfish or a cat, you had to take care of them. You didn’t give them up if they peed on the carpet or chewed your favourite shoes, because pets are family, and like Lilo says ‘family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.’

When I was in my early teens our neighbour’s daughter had a guinea pig, and when they went on holiday I would have to take care of him. When our neighbour got bored of him, my mum adopted him on my behalf. I’d wanted a rabbit for as long as I could remember, but I wasn’t allowed one for fear of it being attacked by foxes and we couldn’t have a house rabbit as we had cats. So instead I got a secondhand guinea pig and the fox issue strangely seemed to disappear then. I looked after him as best I could despite him not being the rabbit I’d always wanted. Sometimes I needed a bit of persuasion when it came to cleaning him out, but I always did it because he became my responsibility, wanted or not.

But this time the bundle of fluff curled up next to me was our responsibility by choice. And she was going to need much more looking after than that guinea pig!

It’s hard to imagine that back then she could fit in my husband’s hands when now he is hard-pressed to even pick her up. We’ve all changed over the past year: we go out less socially and instead our world revolves around walks, training classes and most importantly, her dinner time! We’ve made mistakes, we’ve learnt from some of them and others not so much. My husband still occasionally leaves food on the kitchen counter even though he knows our Fluffball will wolf it down as soon as we turn our backs.

There are times she drives me crazy, like when I’m woken up by a wet nose in the face at 3am, or when she decides to walk over my laptop (all 37 kilos of her!) and somehow deletes whatever I’m working on.

But there is nothing better than putting my key in the front door and have her run towards me tail wagging and tongue hanging from her mouth in excitement. She has us both completely wrapped around her paw and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love you my little Fluffmonster. Happy Gotcha day xxx


56 Comments on “A year ago today…”

  1. Happy Gotcha Day Misaki!!! So glad you found such wonderful parents and such an awesome family.

  2. Clowie says:

    Happy Gotcha Day to the whole family. You’re a lucky doggy, Misaki!

  3. Dalton says:

    Happy Gotcha day pal, I hope you are having a lovely day, with lots of goodies!!! (Did you like my subtle hint for your folks?) They is so very lucky to have you!

  4. Happy Gotcha day Misaki. We are so glad you are so well loved xxx

  5. Happy Gotcha Day Misaki! What a lovely story and how lucky your whole family are. x

  6. CATachresis says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Misaki. You have some lucky pawrents!!! 🙂

  7. cat says:

    Yappy Gotcha Misaki xxxxx

  8. Happy Gotcha day Misaki. We know the peeps love you and are grateful you crashed into their lives. We bet the year has gone quickly. Have a wonderful day and enjoy.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. Shiva & Jaya says:

    Hullo and Happy Gotcha! Today you has right to demand noms all day long. Extra noms, that is, coz on other regular boring days you still deserves them all day long!

    We had a Gotcha, too. http://shivaandjaya.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/the-road-to-love/


  10. Happy Gotcha day Misaki 🙂 We love’z you xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  11. astanys says:

    Happy Gotcha day bootiful Misaki
    You have bwightened the lives of all of us and made yoow pawents vewy vewy happy.we loved weading yoow Mom’s stowy and coold feel the stwong stwon love she has fow you
    Hope you have a vewy speshul day
    Smoochie kisses
    pee ess, thank you fow youw hood wishes fow me

  12. Aaaawwww. We love your sweet story, M. Mom remembers that exact feeling of, “Can I really do this???” Moms worry over stuff like that, but they don’t need to. We trust them. Happy Gotcha Day, Misaki. xoxo

    Love and licks,

  13. Oh what a grand GOTCHA Day blog post!! We do love our little fluffballs (no matter what species they may be) that we bring into our lives and homes and make a commitment to…..we wouldn’t have it any other way and they make it clear (usually!) in their own way how happy they are to be part of our family as well. May you all have MANY MANY more Gotcha Day celebrations together….

    Big Hugs for Misaki AND Mum and Dad!
    Pam and Sam

  14. Happy Gotcha day to all your family! Yay for Misaki to have such pawsome humans! And yay for the humans to have to prettiest snow dog in the world! =^.^=

  15. Happy Gotcha-Day Misaki – you are a lucky girl to have such a wonderful furmily ;o) Mom’s first furry friend was a guinea pig too. She got it from a boy who would dump it.

  16. emma says:

    Yay! Happy Gotcha Day, Misaki! You are a lucky pup!

  17. catchatcaren says:

    This was the sweetest and most BEAUTIFUL post!!! HAPPY HAPPY GOTCHA DAY MISAKI!!! We are soooooooooooo happy you were “gotted” because if you hadn’t been, we never would have met you! You bring so much joy to our days, we love you!

  18. What a wonderful post! Misaki, you are so lucky to have such great parents. So happy to have you as a friend!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  19. raisingdaisy says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Misaki! You sure lucked into a wonderful family! 😀

  20. Gizmo says:

    Happy Happy Gotcha Day Misaki my sweet UK girldawg from your bestest US boydawg…I know you’ll be having a pawsome day of celebrating…Momz sends you hugs and Iz sending you tons and tons of *celebrationsnoogles*! XOXO

  21. Happy Gotcha day!!! I think it turned out great for everyone!!

  22. Kyla says:

    She should know that if you delete something on the computer that She was writing, it means you read it and it was your gentle way of telling her that it wasn’t very good and to start over and improve it.

  23. cecilia07 says:

    Happy gotcha day sweet girl. What a beautiful love story. Sounds like you have trained the peeps well over thse last year?
    Madi your bffff

  24. Lynn Delage says:

    They do get into your heart and take over. I love my little Lhasa Apso even though I did not chose him but took him because my daughter could no longer keep him. I would be lost without him around.

  25. Happy Gotcha Day, Misaki! You sure got yourself a grreat family!

  26. Fizz says:

    Happy gotcha day & happy furever home day. You got a good home there Misaki.

  27. catfromhell says:

    Oh! Oh1 Misaki! This deserves a song!
    ♥♥♫♪Happy Gottcha day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸
    ¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha day to you ♪♫•*¨*
    •.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha day dear Misaki !!!!! ♪♫•*
    ¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha day to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

  28. kolytyi says:

    Happy Gotcha Day to you, Misaki!

  29. Oh, Happy Gotcha Day Misaki!! You are so lucky you found your peeps! What would they do without you???? (they would be SO bored!!)

  30. Will and Eko says:

    A day that will go down in history! Thanks for sharing the story – hope you all have a great gotcha day celebration.

  31. Dianda says:

    Happy gotcha day, Misaki! What a great story!

  32. What a wonderful year for all of you.

  33. Happy husky woooooos Misaki!! have a fab gotcha day!!


  34. What a great blog post! Happy Gotcha Day to you and your family. Wishing you all the best for lots of years of hugs, kisses and yummy treats!

  35. stanzebla says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Misaki! 🙂

  36. Happy Gotcha Day! The world would not be the same without you Misaki!

  37. Ann Paws says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Misaki! Sounds like your pawrents really love you 🙂

  38. cafall says:

    Happy Gotcha Day!


  39. Oh, my sweet dogness! We are Gotcha sisters, Misaki. Who would have known February 5 would be such a momentous day and that we’d both end up with the bestest humans ever. Happy Gotcha Day!!

  40. rumpydog says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Misaki!!!!

  41. FleaByte says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Misaki!

  42. Zena says:

    Ahh. Just as it should be 🙂 Happy Gotcha day to a special girl.

  43. Woof! Woof! Happy Happy GOTCHA Day! Hope you got some extra delish treats. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  44. Bassa's Blog says:

    Congratulations Misaki and family 🙂

  45. Bassa's Blog says:

    Congratulations Misaki and family! 🙂

  46. Happy Gotcha Day my friend!

  47. Roo says:

    Awww Happy 1st Gotcha Day Misaka! You did indeed find a very special home! 😀

    Waggin at ya,

  48. Papoe says:

    aaawww…it’s a sweet story. Happy Gotcha Day Misaki 🙂
    Mine will be next month 😉

  49. We are a day late, but still want to send you a very heartfelt wish… HAPPY GOTCHA DAY MISAKI!!! We are off to read the new post all about your special day… and are just imagining already what a fun and happy day it was!! xoxox

  50. onebluedog says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Misaki!!! 😀

  51. Nylabluesmum says:

    HAPPY belated GOTCHA DAY Misaki!!! You Mum shared your story with us & it broguht tears of joy to my eyes….there is nothing like the feeling of getting a new ‘furever friend’ is there???
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  52. Our person told us she wrote you a happy welcome home gotcha anniversary note and we can’t find it. We need a new typist. I bet she forget to hit, “Post comment,” Can we fire our mom? Max & Bella (ps. They forgave me and know you will, my friend Misaki!!! 🙂 Paulette just out of the dog house).

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