Mar 112016

It's my 10th Gotcha Day

That’s right…it’s my 10th Gotcha Day!  Wow!  I can hardly believe it’s been 10 whole years since the mom gotted me from the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society shelter and brought me here to the Island to live.

I don’t remember how I ended up in the shelter…they said it was because the place I was living before didn’t allow pets.  I was about 7 months old at the time.  I was a little worried about finding a new home because I’m a black cat…and you’ve all heard the stories about how hard it can be for black cats to be adopted.

But y’know what?  I found my home because I was black!  When the mom was looking for a new cat to adopt, she read how black cats were considered to be less adoptable.  And she knew right then and there she had to adopt a black cat.  So she started searching on for black cats in shelters around here.  And she found me.  And y’know what else convinced her that I was the one?  I’m a polydactyl…I got extra toesies…and the mom thought that was pretty cool.  Lucky me!  Lucky her!

I’d have to say that day 10 years ago when I got gotted was one of the best days of my life.  Because on that day, I became an Island Cat.  And seriously, there’s nothing better in the world to be.

So c’mon!  Put on your party hats…grab a balloon (pop it if you want!)…and celebrate with me today!  Let’s have some fun!


  76 Responses to “It’s Ernie’s Gotcha Day!”

  1. Happy happy gotcha day Ernie!!! We’re so glad you got gotted! (we love extra toesies around here too, so we understand your mommy liking that!)

  2. We are on our way ovr now! A 10th Gotcha Day is a special one… We are bringing fresh Nip leafs…

  3. Happy gotcha day, Ernie! Because you are both black and polydactyl, that means you are lots more awesome than your average cat! And your human was smart enough to know that immediately!

  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!! You are furry spawsial and most loved! We are glad you were gotted, too:))

    Meowmy helped us make this ‘card’ fur ya! (just Copy/Paste the URL and then you can post it anywhere you like.)


  5. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Ernie!
    Your mom was smart to pick you 🙂
    We love parties, so we are coming to help you celebrate!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!!

  7. Happy Happy Gotcha day Ernie. You have the best Momma to adopt you because you are black. Black cats are some of the best cats. And just think she got an extra addition with those cute extra toes. You have a wonderful day Ernie.

  8. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We think you both were very lucky to have found each other. We’re so glad you’ve had 10 wonderful years in such an awesome forever home!

  9. Happy happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! You are truly lucky black kitty. Your extra toesies are really cool 🙂 Have a wonderful celebration today!

  10. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! You’re such a special guy! 10 years in your awesome home is something to celebrate!

  11. Happy gotcha day, Ernie! We are so glad you were gotcha’d into such an awesome and loving forever home. Good job by your mom on knowing just how special you are. Love ya, pal!

  12. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!! You and your mom are very lucky to have found each other.

  13. Happy Gotcha Day, sweet Ernie!!! I’d say on that day both you and the mom hit the jackpot!!! Wishing you the happiest day ever!

  14. Ernie Happy Gotcha Day and let me tell you truthfully, I am SO glad I know you.

  15. Ernie My Man, HAPPY GOTCHA DAY………you certainly hit the jackpot ten years ago when your Mom was looking for a black kitty to join the family and there you were READY to join up! You’re right too about her getting a bonus – we polys are extra special – extra toesies with extra love!

    I hope it’s a great day for you…………….in every way…………here’s to many more happy Gotcha Day celebrations for you!

    Love, Sammy

  16. Wooo! Happy G Day, dude! Cake for everyone.

  17. happy g-day. and diego-san thanks the lucky stars that there are people in this world like your mom.

  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! Such a special day for you and for the family that you have blessed. Abbey, Natasha, Connor, and I send you hugs and best wishes for a fun day!

  19. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! Your mom is one smart lady. Black cats are the BEST!

  20. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!!! It’s great to part of a family, isn’t it???

  21. Yay, happy Gotcha day!! Party it up all weekend long, Ernie!

  22. A very Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Ernie! And here’s to 10 more!! <3

  23. Oh, a very Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Ernie! Hope you score some good treats!

  24. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! The human also adopted me because I was black 🙂



  26. Happy Gotcha Day!

  27. Oh HappyLuckyVeryGoodSuperSpecial Day!

  28. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie. Being an Island Cat does make you special.

  29. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!!

  30. A very very happy GOTCHA day Ernie.
    Sorry we have been MIA, we blame Mom, we do that because we can, AND it’s the truth.

  31. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We’re glad you were gotcha’d by your mom into such a loving furever home on the island! Enjoy your day!

  32. Happy Happy 10th Gotcha Day Ernie!!!! That is special indeed and I LOVE the story of how you were “gotted!” That is soooooooooo special! Love from Cody and Mom on your special day!

  33. Happy Gotcha Day! <3
    Here's to many more!

    CatSynth (Luna and Amanda)

  34. dood….a most happee 10th two ewe & heerz ta 20 mor !!! we hope yur dayz total lee awesum, eat lotz oh perch pizza pie & sum donutz…..we hope yur mom & dad getted ewe a reel lee swell new car & we wish ewe happee nezz & health in de yeer a head ….N we popped three balloonz if thatz all rite !

    heerz two a crevice kelpfish kinda week oh end two all ♥♥♥

  35. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie, you’re sure a special guy!!!

  36. Happy Gotchaday sweet Ernie. We’s so glad to be your furiends. Hope yous day is purrfect.

    Luv ya’


  37. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie ! We wish you a wonderful day ! Purrs

  38. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! I am on my way to help you celebrate.

  39. That’s a great adoption story, Ernie! Of course, we know that you are an exceptional cat!

    HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! And many more!

    The Chans

  40. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie. We are so happy that you and your mom found each other. *Tater takes a balloon, pops it, scares herself and runs away*

  41. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie. We think it was a win/win for you AND for your Mom.

    The Florida Furkids

  42. Happy big 10 Gotcha Day Ernie. A decade of love and good life. You certainly deserve it.

  43. Oh my mouses… HAPPY GOTCHA DAY ERNIE!!! May you spend your special day surrounded by loving family & friends and may you have many, MANY more gotcha days to come, filled with love and treats and… NIP!!!


  44. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! You Gotcha’d a great home.

  45. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie – we are glad you ended up in your home.

  46. I think black cats are awesome – I wish I had one but I have been told that four is my limit

  47. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We’ll be right over for the party.

  48. Happy Gotcha Day!! We must be the same age since I celebrated #10 this year and I was about 7 months old too.

  49. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie and many more.

  50. Have a fur-tastic 10th Gotcha Day! You Ernie’d it! (see what I did there, Ernie?) ♥ ♥ ♥

  51. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Ernie! We feel so lucky to have you as a friend. Lots of purrs from all of us!


  52. Happy Gotcha day! Black cats rock!

  53. Happy Gotcha Day to you dear Ernie! We think you are awesome and we hope you had a wonderful Gotcha Day…we are so happy you ended up an Island Cat and so loved!

  54. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! I know how it is being a black cat in a shelter. Both of us were very lucky to find fantastic forever homes. And you look festive in your party hat.

  55. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie – we hope you get lots of treats and your favourite flavour dinners.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  56. We hope you had a great Gotcha Day Ernie! Merlin thanks you for the purrs.

  57. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie,hope you get lots of nommies,xx Speedy

  58. Black is beautiful, Ernie. Everyone knows that. Black is the color of a true love’s hair. Black is the color of a very fast cat, Mr. Panther. People write brilliant equations on black boards. Black cherries are the best. Black holes attract scientists! So you see, black is pretty important, over all.
    Plus some feel that a black cat is good luck. It’s all relative. Bonne anniversaire.

  59. So sorry we’re late…again Ernie. We didn’t know you were polydactyl…way to go bud. We loved the story you told of being adopted. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie.

    Kitty kisses,

    Shoko and Kali

  60. Not sure if you saw the card we posted for you. Happy Gotcha Day dear Ernie!

  61. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!
    Have a wonderful weekend…

    Noodle and crew

  62. Holy Cod! Mom completely spaced visiting my friends and now we’re late!! And we have the SAME GOTCHA DAY! Sigh. Sorry we’re late but we hope you had a great day buddy!!

  63. Oh, I’m sorry I missed this post yesterday. Ernie, I hope your Gotcha Day celebration was purrfect and filled with lots of treats! You and your mom are so lucky to have each other. Purrs!

  64. Happy belated gotcha day, Ernie! Hope you had a pawesome one!

  65. POP! Ernie, dood, we are late. Can’t believe we missed your actual Gotcha Day. Please know that our best wishes and buckets of fishes are no less heartfelt. You indeed are a lucky black cat. You gotchaed yourself a meowvolous home and family. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  66. Conkatss on yur 10th Gotcha day Ernie!!! Mee thott mee posted here…must have been on FB….good greef!!!
    Mee iss sorry mee missed thee ackshul day! butt wee can keep on sellybratin rite????
    All thee best, Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

  67. Sorry we are late, Happy Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We bet that was not just the best day for you, but for the rest of your family when you joined them as well!

  68. Happy belated gotcha day Ernie. Hope it was a good one.

  69. I see the Pawty is still running, so…Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Ernie. You are a lucky black Kitty and I’m sure you bring Luck too! Extra 10 Pawkisses for the Occasion 🙂 <3 <3

  70. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  71. goodness, that was a lot of scrolling!!

    One more voice to the chorus. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!

  72. Happy Belated Gotcha Day DOOD! We’re sooo sorry we’re late! *looks meaningfully at the delinquent momma*

  73. Happy way belated Gotcha Day Ernie! We think you landed in the best, loving home ever! You are one lucky kitty! It’s also lucky for your humans that they get to look at your handsome, house panther self every day too 🙂 Here’s to many more years of happiness with your swell family, Ernie 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

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