Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Happy 10th Gotcha Day Kozmo


It was cold outside the day that Hissy Old Licorice went over the bridge. He was 17 years old. He had some kidney issues and was on Sub-Q fluids for over a year. The day before he got extremely pale and would not eat. We called the vet, but could not get him in until the next day. I made an appointment for 11am. I woke up at 5:30 with Nellie howling. She was licking Licorice on the foot of the bed and he was not moving. He had passed away, peacefully, in his sleep. We put Licorice in his travelling basket, dug a hole in the frozen garden and buried him. 
There was a hole in our lives. Licorice was a happy outgoing cat. He played with the dogs, he cuddled with Nellie and snuggled with me. He even played with the neighbor dogs! Nellie was despondent and would not eat. 
A month later, we drove up to Kelowna to finish off shopping for Christmas. We were in PetSmart to pick up dog and cat food (and toys). When I was getting the cat food, I noticed there were about 15 cats in the for adoption center. One was a precious little tuxi and I was immediately captivated. I dragged Dave over and we looked at him (and a couple of other kittens). 
We went and did the rest of our shopping. While we were picking up groceries, that kitten kept coming up in our conversations and on our way out of town, we stopped back at PetSmart and asked about adopting him. We were told we could fill out all the paperwork but could NOT take him home until the next day. They had a 24 hour waiting period. 
The next day was December 23, we got up at 5:30 am and headed up the road to Kelowna. When we got to PetSmart, the kitten was not there! After calling, they found out one of the volunteers had taken him back to the shelter. We had to drive there to pick him up. 
We got his story. Kozmo and 4 litter mates were found in a plastic bag tied to a pet store door. They were about 1 month old, eyes still closed, they had scrapes and abrasions and one kitten had already died.  They had fleas, worms and were not expected to survive. Kozmo and 3 of his litter mates survived and thrived. There were 2 black and white and 2 gray and white. 
3 of them had been adopted about a month previous, but Kozmo had not responded very well at the pet store, hiding from people when they wanted to see him. As a mater of fact, when he bounced across the floor to chew on my shoelaces the lady who ran the shelter was astonished! I was positive Kozmo had been waiting for us to come and get him. 
2 hours later, we had a 3 month old cat named Bruce and were on our way home. We did not want to call him Bruce and by the time we got home, his name was Kozmo. 
Kozmo fit in well. He was the same size as Nellie (who would barely tolerate him) and the dogs, Bob and Sam thought he was terrific! I did too. He quickly became an integral part of our lives and Nellie's Blog. 
Today we are celebrating Kozmo's 10th Gotcha Day! He will have his favorite, whipped cream and bacon!
Below are some photos of Kozmo and his exploits!
Kozmo's 1st Christmas
Kozmo & Nellie (and the hairy Slobbery sister Bob)
Koz (7 months)  and Cinnamon (10 Weeks)
Koz partied out after 1st Birthday
The Birthday party guests
We are thankful Kozmo is part of our lives. He is a terrific and compassionate cat (unless you are a mouse!).

We are also thankful for you or fuurrends! Thank you for letting us share Kozmo and his life with us for the last 10 years! We are pawticipating in the Thankful Thursday Blog hop at Brian's Home!



  1. oooh what a story!!! and we love the photos... happy happy gotcha day dear Kozmo

  2. I am thankful you wrote on Beaus blog for the card hop because I got to sit here and read this story of Kozmo's rescue and adoption.. i had tears in my eyes by the end. we are all about rescue, all of our dogs were rescue for the past 31 years.

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, Kozmo! You picked a great family!

    Tama and Genji

  4. Happy Christmas Eve Gotcha Day, Kozmo! Glad you have a good home!

  5. That was quite the story Kozmo, y'all knew it was meant to be. Happy Gotcha Day and thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Hari OM
    YYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY for your gotcha day Kozmo - here's to many more!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

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

  8. Happy Gotcha Day Kozmo! And Happy Christmas too!

  9. Happy Gotcha Day Kozmo!!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  10. It's a KozmoKat Day ... only you, only yours, enjoy, Enjoy! Happy!

  11. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Kozmo! What a story! I am so very thankful you and your peeps found each other, and even more thankful that they share you with all of us. Happy Holidays!

  12. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Kozmo...that day was the first day of the best days of your 9 lives
    Hugs Cecilia

  13. We totally enjoyed reading about Kozmo's start at PetSmart. What were the chances he would be there on that day. It was meant to be.

    Merry Christmas friends.

    Shoko and Tyebe

  14. Kozmo ~ what a loving story about you ~ so glad you have a loving home and such sweet photos of you ~ ^_^

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas ~ Happy Holidays and a Loving New Year ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Happy Gotcha Day, Kozmo! You knew which family you were waiting to join. I saw my boys in the party guests photo and that made me happy, then I saw Kozmo mousing with them and it gave me quite a lump in my throat. Thanks for including them in Kozmo's big day.

  16. Happy Gotcha Day, Kozmo ! We're glad you found such a wonderful family. We wish you a Merry Christmas ! Purrs

  17. Happy Gotcha Day Kozmo - and many more ! We had never heard your story before !

  18. Oh my Kozmo is a wonderful cat! I enjoyed reading how Kozmo came into your hearts! Cheers!

  19. Happy Gotcha Day! We love your gotcha story.

  20. Kozmo Happy Gotcha Day Buddy. Keep em coming ok!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Friends
    Timmy and Family

  21. Kozmo you picked your purrfect furamily. Smart kitten! Happy Gotcha Day

  22. Happy Belated Gotcha Day. Let's celebrate again.

  23. ❤ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ❤

  24. Hope you had a wonderful tenth gotcha day Kozmo!

  25. Oh, we missed this impawrtant event!! So sorry...but anypaws:
    Happy Belated Gotcha Day,, Kozmo!!


This is soooooo exciting! We can't waits to sees what yous writes!