Monday, 23 January 2012

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Mr Darcy!







It was January 2009 and our 1st wedding anniversary was fast approaching. We decided it was time to take the next step to commemorate the occassion... a pet of our very own! I had my heart set on a dog for a long time and had no experience of cats whatsoever as I'd always shown signs of allergies around them. But then one day as I was watching an advert on tv I saw THE
most beautiful cat - I had never seen that breed before and didn't even know what it was called! I rushed to my laptop and began searching google. It must have been fate that I saw the advert because I soon came across the Ragdoll breed of cats... often described as the 'cat that thinks it's a dog'!


"If a dog is "man's best friend," then it must also be said that Ragdoll cats are "man's best companion."

My husband was not so sure at first... he had found the breed of Bengals and was intrigued by them. I argued that they probably weren't a good match for us and that we should check out the ragdoll breed first. I got my way!!
 
After a search, we found an advert for a breeder looking to rehome a 5 month old. We went to visit the next night. I expected some kind of pen or cordoned off area, but instead she said "you can go straight through, he's dozing on the couch!". And that was when we first met Mr D. He was a bright white bundle of fluff with dark brown on his nose, eyes, ears, paws and tail and as we walked in he lazilly opened one dazzling blue eye to peek at us. 

It was love at first sight for all 3 of us! 

The breeder let us brush him and he just lay there and gazed up at me (little did I know then that this was the one and only time he would tolerate being groomed without a fuss!) then she picked him up and plopped him in my arms like a baby - I wasn't even sure that this was acceptable behaviour for a cat and human, but he seemed perfectly content, so that was that!

We couldn't work out what to call him. All the names we'd thought of beforehand didn't seem right somehow. He was so beautiful, so debonair, he looked 'classy'. The breeder mused that she liked the name Darcy, but that was a girl's name so wouldn't work. "That's it!" I said. "He's MR Darcy from one of my favourite books Pride and Prejudice!" 

(Of course now half the time we do just call him Darcy anyway!).


Mr Darcy has now been with us for 2 whole years. With a swish of his tail and a blink of those big blue eyes he was in our hearts and I don't think he'll ever leave. It's fair to say that our entire outlook on life and priorities have changed. I used to get bored sat at home... now I rush home at the end of the day! I used to shop for nice shoes and handbags, now I'm most excited when I see a cool toy that I KNOW the cats would like! I sometimes catch my hubby talking gooey to the cats (and them talking back) when he doesn't know I'm there, which never fails to make me smile.

Life is good. 

Thanks Mr D, we love you lots xoxo

31 comments:

Cory said...

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Mr. Darcy! You sure got gotted into the best of homes. You are SO handsome!!!!

Purrs,

Cory and family

Nola said...

Happy Gotcha Day beautiful boy!
Dachshund Nola

Lucy the Cat said...

Oh, I love this. You really fell in love, rushing home to be with your kitties, taking more delight in shopping for them than yourself.

Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Darcy! I think both you and your parents are lucky!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. D! And hey! Good job with lighting a little fire under your Humans! King Spitty says: You can reduce the 20 lashes to 5. We'll hold off on the other 15 if they continue to be attentive to your blogging needs.

Sparkle said...

Happy gotcha day to Mr. Darcy. He sure is a stunning mancat!

Mr Puddy said...

Happy gotcha day Darcy !!! I love that you turned the dog pawson to be the cat pawson...tee..heh
Have a purrfect day my friend : )
xoxo

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Darcy. You knew how to play it so you sucked the humans in -- heh heh. Well done!

We're so glad you have such a wonderful forever home!

Becky~ said...

Happy Gotcha day!You are surely a handsome dude ha.Meow hugs!

Meg said...

Happiest of Gotcha Days to you Mr Darcy!

Mariodacat said...

Happy Gottcha day Mr. Darcy. Me thinks you have your oomans wrapped right around your little paw - err - maybe that's big paw - right where they should be.

Mel said...

Aww happy Gotcha day Mr. Darcy!

Kjelle Bus said...

Hip Hip Hurray on your second Gotcha Day Mr Darcy !
My mom and I just loved to read the story about how your parents fell in love with you and you in them :)

Whisppy said...

What a beautiful gotcha story.

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day, Mr Darcy!

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Darcy! We think it's awesome how effortlessly you turned your peeps into Cat People!

Remington said...

Happy Gotcha Day, my friend! Mr. Darcy is so handsome! My kitty sister, Ozabella, said she needs a poster of him to hang on her wall -- girls are silly sometimes....

Rebecca said...

Happy Gotcha Day Mr. D. Hope your Mommy spoiled with some toys and treats.

ABBY said...

Happy GOtcha Mr Darcy. We think you picked the purrfect Mom and Dad.

purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha Day Mr Darcy. You did a good job picking your parents.

Tamago said...

Happy happy 2nd Gotcha Day, Mr Darcy!!! You are such a handsome kitty with beautiful eyes, furs, whiskers...well everything!

It's funny that the first time you met him was the only time he tolerate brushing without fuss :-)

I'm with you about rushing home. I'm always very excited to see my babies waiting for me. It is such a wonderful feeling. I hope your work gets less heavier and you can have more time with Mr Darcy and Sookie.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!

May there be many, many more celebrations!

Anonymous said...

aaawww....love your story!
Florida hugs,
Becca

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Darcy darl,
You lucky handsome feller! Happy gotcha day my little pudding.... purrr....meow!

tubby3pug said...

Happy Gotcha day you are so lucky to have such a wonderful home

Marg said...

Happy Happy Gotcha day Mr. Darcy. You really are a very handsome guy. We are so glad that you found your new hooomans. It sure sounds like they are very fond of you. Hope you have a good day today with lots of extra treats and many more Gotcha days. Take care.

Tooki said...

I know just what you mean about rushing to go home and not shopping for ourselves anymore. I used to hate coming home and staying home but it's a different story now. Just amazing how a simple cat/dog can turn us restless souls around like that...happy gotcha day Mr. D!

Alfie said...

congrats Mr Darcy! I always enjoy reading adoption stories and seeing how long they have come and are now happy in their loving homes! may you enjoy many more!

ellie said...

A belated but Happy 2nd Gotcha day dashingly handsome Mr Darcy :)

Layla ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Mr. Darcy, happy gotcha day you handsome hunk of mancat yumminess!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hmm. They're slacking off again, aren't they. This may call for the Smacky Paw.

meowmeowmans said...

Oh noes! How did we miss this??? We are very sorry to be so late in wishing you a happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Darcy! We hope you had a very special day. :)

Whisppy said...

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