Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happy 8th Gotcha Day, Truffle

I can't believe it's been 8 years since Truffle came to live with me! 
Truffle on her Gotcha Day in 2011 (top photo) and Truffle now (2019)




She had my heart from the moment I saw her first glamour photo at 3 weeks of age. Her independent little attitude showed through and I knew she'd chosen me. I've shared details about Truffle's Gotcha Day in the past but wanted to give a quick summary for those who haven't heard her story.


Truffle - 3 weeks old (June 2011)
Photo credit: Terri Rogers

I remember looking forward to this day with excitement and anxiousness. After we'd lost Truffle's brother, Beignet, to cancer two weeks earlier, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to bring Truffle home. She'd really connected to Mom Terri after Beignet died and I was fearful Terri would want to keep her because of the connection they had developed. Terri told me that I was getting a very perceptive and special kitten. Here was this cute little 12 week old kitten, who instead of playing with other kittens at home, was following Terri around the house and climbing onto Terri's lap when Terri began crying because of the loss of Beignet. Terri assured me that Truffle had already chosen me and that she'd be coming to live with me soon (I'd asked Terri to keep Truffle an additional week to make sure she was okay after her second vaccination.)


Truffle exploring the house on her first day home

Terri drove from Mt. Pleasant, SC (about 2 hours away) to bring Truffle to me. She usually has new pet parents come to her home or meet her halfway, but she wanted to hand-deliver Truffle to me. Terri told me that Truffle didn't like her carrier, so she let her rest on her lap all the way to Columbia. To this day, Truffle still doesn't like traveling in her carrier!

Truffle arrived on my doorstep wrapped in a beautiful pink blanket. When Terri put her down on the floor, Truffle immediately began exploring. I'd forgotten how tiring a kitten could be and how much trouble she could get into. I took the first few days off of work so I could help Truffle become accustomed to her new home. I even slept on the couch in the living room with her so she would have me close during the night. That first night I woke up with my sweet Truffle snuggled up against me.


Truffle's first hiding place

One thing that really surprised me about Truffle those first few days was that she hid underneath the stereo/TV shelf for long periods of time. Truffle was always so outgoing and independent when I'd go visit her, but I guess she was a little overwhelmed those first few days when she came to live with me without any of her siblings or cousins around. It didn't take long for Truffle to become my little shadow. She followed me all over the house and almost caused me to trip many times because she was right under my feet all the time. She would sleep on the pillow beside my head at night. 


Truffle on top of the secretary desk

She was (and still is) so mischievous. She was constantly into everything that first week. She climbed into the refrigerator and dishwasher when I opened the doors. She found her way down behind the cushions in my recliner sofa and got trapped (I had to lift the sofa and cut the lining to get her out). She truly frightened me when she jumped from the top of her cat tree to the top of the secretary desk. I was so afraid she would fall because the top was curved. Of course I quickly grabbed the camera to capture a photo before I climbed on my kitchen ladder to get her down. I immediately turned the cat tree 180 degrees so she wouldn't be as close to the secretary top. Fortunately, she never jumped on top of the secretary desk again.

Truffle brought laughter back into my life! It had only been 4 months since I'd lost Praline to cancer (and 2 weeks earlier, her litter mate, Beignet). I literally found myself laughing out loud at her antics. I even left work on time (I usually worked until 8:00 pm) to get back home to her!


Truffle supervising at the computer

Truffle quickly caught on that she needed to supervise me as I worked at the computer. She was either at my feet looking up at me or sitting in front of the monitor watching what I was doing. She still does this 8 years later.

It was just the two of us for 2 months and what a wonderful time we had together. Truffle helped me heal and find joy in life again! Terri and I knew Truffle had really become attached to me, so Terri brought Brulee to me a couple of weeks earlier than normal because she was afraid Truffle may not take too well to another fur child in our home.

They act like true sisters - sometimes they get along wonderfully, and other times they have their spats and have to be separated into their little corners!

I'm so thankful to have both of my girls in my life, but Truffle will always have the honor of being the first to help shrink the large hole in my heart.

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely story and of course Truffle is the perfect supervisor!!

    Happy Gotcher Day!

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  2. Woo hoo! Happy 8th Gotcha Day, beautiful Truffle.

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  3. Thank you for sharing her story, refreshing our (my) memory of her early days with you ... wonderful days. What a little treasure she was, coming into your life. What a beautiful young lady she has grown into ... you are blessed to have her, as she is to have you! Happy 8th Gotcha day, to you both!

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  4. It sure is hard to believe it has been 8 years. Happy Gotcha Day beautiful Truffle!

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  5. Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle! Today is a day for celebration indeed!
    Thank you guys for your kind words left on Caster's memorial post. We appreciate you guys. Thank you also for making the wonderful graphic of Caster for the Cat Blogosphere.

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  6. Happy Gotchaversary, Truffle and mom Paula!

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  7. ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day Dear Truffle,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you!♪♫

    Have a purrfect day. My best to your mom. ♥

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  8. Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle!
    Hard to believe it's already been eight years :)

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  9. Happy Gotcha Day Truffle ! And many more !

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  10. Happy 8th Gotcha day beautiful Truffle! XO

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  11. Wow! 8 years already? Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle!

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  12. Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  13. Lovely memories ! Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle ! Purrs

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  14. Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle! We love reading about your antics - Bear had a similar effect on me.

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  15. Happy Gotcha Day, Truffle! Such a teeny tiny little one you were back then.

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  16. Happy belated Gotcha day sweet Truffles! I love how she continues her supervision of her human to this day and how she patched up the hole in your heart. xx

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  17. Mom and I luved hearing again about how Truffle came into your life. The photo of her at 3 weeks old by that crown is purriceless! Purr purr purr.

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