Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gotcha Day!

Today is my Gotcha Day! 

We are planning a party with tons of treats! 
I am so happy that I live with Mike and Beth. 
I was a little scared before I arrived here. 
I like to take out the letter
I wrote the night before
I arrived just so I don't forget....

Written March 5, 2009....

It's Thursday evening. All of my bags are packed and waiting by the door. I am ready to leave. It's been quite a day. My family gave us boys a going away party. It was so much fun. We had party hats and lots of treats. There was music and we tried to dance as best as we could. Mom and Dad were so funny. We got lots of hugs and kisses from them. David and Mary joined in the fun. We had soooo much fun!

But now it's dark and quiet. Everyone is sleeping, except me. I did some research on the internet today. I found out a lot of stuff. And now I just can't stop thinking. I don't think I want to go to Minnesota. I don't want to leave my mom, dad, brothers and sisters. Not even David and Mary. What will it be like? I don't know Mike and Beth. What if they aren't nice people? What if they are mean to me? What if I'm not what they thought I'd be? What if I get too big and they will think that isn't a good idea? Will anyone comb my hair or give me a bath? I have heard that some people get puppies and all is well until they grow up then people get tired of them and tie them up outside. No one comes and plays with them or hugs them or even talks to them. They just give them some food and water and run back in the house. If it's cold out the water will freeze and then I would have no water. And if in the hot weather I accidentally tip my water bowl over, I would have none. If they get busy sometimes you won't get anything for a couple of days. Some people make a little house outside called a dog house. If you aren't tied up then you are in this cage. When it's cold no one is there to hold you. You just shiver and try to get by. The nights would be scary with cold blowing snow. OR in the summer when there is bad weather, I wouldn't know what to do. This can go on for years. When you get sick or they don't want you any more they give you to someone else or put you down, and we all know what that means. I don't want a life like that. I am a good boy. I know God wouldn't want me to live like that. I don't want to be left alone. I don't want anyone to ignore me. I don't want to be lonely. I also heard that some people will hit you if you don't do as they say or if you have an accident (potty). Or they put a collar on you that shocks you if you don't do as they say. All this just sounds like torture. It doesn't sound nice at all. Don't people understand that we want to do a good job and that they need to show us what they want us to do. Just like a little child -- it takes some time and sometimes we forget and make a mistake. We wouldn't mean to. Some people will do bad things to you and then say "it's just a dog". What is THAT suppose to mean? Do they think we are a piece of furniture? Don't they think we have feelings? Don't they know everyone deserves to be loved? Why do people even want us if they don't plan to take really good care of us? We need to learn just like children do and if no one takes the time to do that, what are we suppose to do? Mary said she checks everyone out, but what if things change? No one will know. I know there are places that protect animals but if no one reports it, what are we to do? We can't get away to tell on them. And if we do get away the police will capture us and put us in cages and if no one comes for us or wants us, they -- well you know. I don't want that to happen to me. I don't want any of that! I just want to stay here. It's nice here and everyone loves me. It has been such a happy life so far. I know I am young but what if I never see my parents, brothers, sisters or Mary and David ever again. What if where I go isn't nice and no one ever finds out to come and save me.

My brothers must not be thinking about this. They leave on Saturday. Right now they are snoring away.

I guess I will just say a prayer and know that God will take care of everything. Mommy always tells me that if I put my trust in God that everything will work out. AND my mommy is a very smart lady, so I will just think about good things and try to get some sleep. I just hope those bad thoughts stay away.

5 o'clock is going to come early so am going to close for now. Please say a prayer for me that everything will work out good in my life and for my brothers and sisters too! Thank you.

Love, Remington

I am so happy I didn't back out
of coming to Minnesota. 
I love Mike and Beth so much.

Here are my Gotcha Day pics....



Do I look any different?
Later -- Remington --
party time for me!
-- out!

A special thank you to
Queen Madi and her mom
for the BEAUTIFUL card!


Max the Quilt Cat said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day, Rem. It seems everything did turn our just as it was supposed to. I'm just glad that Beth and Mike gave you a blog so I could get to know you, friend. You make my world a little brighter.

Have a great day celebrating... Oh and love the pics. I think you have grown a little... HEE HEE.

pawhugs, Max

Sandra said...

so sorry you went through all that mental anguish and so happy you landed in clover with beth and mike. you could not have found a better home and we all know how much they love you and so do we. so glad you decided to do your blog. you were beyond adorable in that first shot. the biggest difference is of course now you are BIG, but not to big. you are perfect. i notice the toy looks bigger in the first photo than the other two. wonder why

MadameMoiselle said...

Yea you look different.. From cute to handsome !!! Happy Gotcha day !


Oz the Terrier said...

Happy GOTCHA! Day, Remington!! I hope you party 'til your paws fall off. BOL

Isn't it funny how sometimes we have to do something that seems so scary at the time, just to get the life we deserve...a forever home with loving humans?! If we knew how great life would be, we would be excited about our new starts!
Cairn cuddles, Oz

Gus said...

Happy, happy gotcha day. Everything worked out beautifully, and you could not be more loved! We are glad you have a blog, so we can read about you, and muzzer can sigh over how much she misses "home"

gussie n teka

Carolina Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington! You are the smartest woofie we efur met. You look almost as big as one of the horsies heer at the farm! We are sooper glad you gotcha'd a good home and such good beans. Have a wonderful day and give yore beans lots of big smoochies!

Finnegan Buddy & Princess Jazzy & owr woofie Callie

Madi and Mom said...

Morning to my handsome friend!!!
I am so glad you didn't back out too otherwise I would not have met you!! You must certainly won the multimillin dollar lotter on March 6, 2009!!
I'm glad you liked the card..I taught Mom all she knows about card making. MOL
Hugs and kisses Madi

animal lover, quilt lover said...

You were a real cute Pup!! Boy you're a Big boy!!!
You had a great day at the vets!
Thanks for coming over to help us celebrate Bambi's Gotcha Day!! We are just so happy we made another year together....
xx, Bambi & Fern

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

You do look different - you went for apprehensive to self assured - and we know you have a wonderful home with Mike and Beth.

Happy Gotcha Day!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Minna Krebs said...

HaPpY GoTcHA DaY!!!!!!!!

Oh gosh, Remington.......your letter made my momma's eyes go all leaky! It was so sweet, and soooooo true! Don't you wish all da pups (and kittehs) could be so lucky as you when finding a home!

Gloria said...

Happy Gotcha Day Rem! I remember my Gotcha Day well. I puked on the boy in the car. He became my best boy! Ah......what a good life we have had so far! Licky kisses, Billy

Frankie Furter said...

I am soooooo glad that you got so lucky to have been chosen by Beth and Mike. They are perfect fur you!! AND YOU are PERFECT fur them!!

I can see how much your Remington Toy has SHRUNK over the time that you have had it. OH>> What Mom??? AHHHH I get it NOW... the toy did NOT shrink.. YOU GREW!!!
WE... your Blogville Furends are soooo glad to have you!!! Enjoy your pawty my FUREND.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Happy Gotcha Day Remington!!! You went to the best home possible!! We love the did grow just a little bit!! Celebrate and have a wonderful day!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Sam and Pippen said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington! You were about the same size as us when you were a baby! Just a wee little thing...

Sam and Pippen

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy Gotcha Day!! We are so glad you didn't back out of going to Minnesota to live with Mike and Beth! Have fun at the pawty!!

Elyse and Riley

Cher' Shots said...

Rem, you are such an excellent writer! I love your story and am so happy that you have such a loving family. But I still wish you would have ended up with me. And as far as your changing ... you still have your loveable 'puppy' face! Don't ever change.
'love & hugs from afar'

brooke said...

Happy Gotcha Day Remington!!!
You're prays were answered and you came to an amazing home! And you grew up to be such a handsome guy!
Love your gotcha day picture! So cute!

Ludo van Doggy said...

You look quite a lot bigger! So glad you came to live with Mike and Beth. Happy gotcha day!
~lickies, Ludo

Dar said...

How you have grown Remington. Your heart is so big that your body had to grow larger than life to hold it. You have been blessed in such a loving home as Mike and Beth's. Love your smile.

Patti and DeBoys said...

Remington...Happy Gotcha Day!

Looks like you just grew a bit...WOL :)
-- your friends B & T

JC said...

Rem ~ You are one of the lucky ones that got a really good forever home. I so believe in spoiling my girls for all those that are not. I give up my seat on the couch for Bella if she gives me that look. I go outside with Maddy Jean in the cold just cause she wants someone out there with her. There are lots of us out there and I'm so glad you found one of them.

No, you look is still adorable.

JackDaddy said...

You're not supposed to make me cry...

Benny and Lily said...

Happee Gotcha Day!!
Benny & Lily

Jazzi said...

Oh, I am so HAPPY that you are happy!! I am sorry that you were so scared before you left. ENJOY the party and HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!! You sure have grown into quite a handsome guy!!

wags and hugs

Marilyn said...

Happy Day! I think you might even grow some more! Big boys are THE best! ♥♫

Stella said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington! I read your letter and it made me and Mom cry but we got happy again when we thought of your wonderful family who love you sooooo much. Get lots of good eats and presents today. Is Ozabella still mad at you for telling her she isn't a dog?

Stella and her Mom

Sagira said...

Happy Gotcha day Remington! You sure do look different but oh so cute! :)

rottrover said...

Oh Rem! Happy Gotcha Day, buddy! And we agree so much with Max the cat... We're glad, too that Beth and Mike gave you your own blog so that we could get to know you. You brighten our day as well!! Have fun!

rottrover said...

PeeS : we love the card Madi and her mom made you! It suits you :-)

Deborah said...

Happy Gotcha Day! That is wonderful that you ended up the best family ever! You have gotten much bigger~that is what I think :)
Queen Madi is the bestest!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Happy Gotcha Day Rem! We remember reading your "bight before" piece when we first met you. We're so glad things turned out so wonderfully well for you!

Tommy and The Gang

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington! We wish all pups could have the happy ending to their letter like you did. That is the first time we have seen that letter and it made lots of tears come to Mom's eyes. We are so happy you have the wonderful home you have.

Hope you had an awesome day.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sam said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington. We are glad you came to Minnesota too!


Ginny said...

Awwww, Rem, you were so cute!!! Of course you still are now, just in a different way. Well, that is the problem with being a deep thinker, isn't it? Sometimes knowing too much can cause so much worry. I sometimes think that people who aren't as brainy as some have it better, because they don't know they should be worrying. Your letter is just so perfect, and every pet owner or potential pet owner should be made to read it, it really provokes a visceral reaction. You were so blessed to get Mike and Beth!! Happy Gotcha Day!!!! I know you will have a blast at the party!! Hoping for pictures.

ra husky said...

happy gotcha day Remington!

RA & Isis

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Gotcha Day Handsome!!!

All those worries fur no reason!!!

BTW, I LOVE what woo've done with your tail!!!


Rosalee Bloss said...

When life gives you dilemmas, make dilemmanade! I think you ended up with strawberry dilemmanade - a life as sweet and colorful as it can be! Congratulations to Beth, to Mike, and most of all, to Remington, you big bundle of joy!

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Gotcha Day Remington!

We are glad you did not back out, change can be scary but in the end everything will always work out for the best.

Your baby photo is absoultely, positively adorable!

Kris said...

what a heartwarming post you did before you came to Beth & Mike's home ... see? who ask for help to God in a thought time he will answer those who asked ... and now you have a wonderful lovely family ...

Happy gotcha day and many more!

Lorenza said...

Happy Gotcha Day Remington!
Sure you had lots of doubts before coming to live with Mike and Beth! God read your letter and he made sure you would have the best family!
Adorable puppy, very handsome big boy!
Kisses and hugs

Nubbin' Tails said...

Happy Gotcha Day! You we super cute when you were little and you are most handsome all grown up!


Mr. Nubbin'

The Mama Monster said...

Oh sweet boy!!! I am sorry you were so scared back then but your mom and dad would never have sent you somewhere where they didn't know that you'd be loved and taken care of.. as for the other ones out there that are out in the cold with nobody to love them... That is my job... One by one... I help to find them homes and their forever families to love them so that they never have to worry about a meal or love again... We can't reach them all but I try my hardest and help save a few at a time.

Happy Gotcha Day sweet boy!!!
~The Mama Monster

Sweet Praline said...

Happy Gotcha Day! Wow! You sure have grown!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Remington! You are one of the luckiest pups alive to have such an incredible family that loves, encourages and supports you; people who keep you safe and healthy and mentally challenged; hu-parents that help you reach out to discover yourself and friendships and all of the important things in life! We wish you all an incredible long life of togetherness, grand adventures and love.

Alfie said...

its amazing how much youve grown in a year! very handsome :) im so glad that you have wonderful people in your life. youre very special to them. youre not just a pet, youre a member of the family! :D heres to many more years of happiness *tries to lift up water bowl for a toast*

Maggie and Mitch said...

Happy gotcha day, Remington! You have the most perfect home ever!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anny said...

Happy Barkday Remington!! I am sure you found the most wonderful people to take care of you. You letter made me cry... you are not suppose to make us cry on barkdays..but we love you!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Your letter really made me.....sniffle. I guess I thought many of the same things when I had to leave my Mama. But my brudder Max (DaOdderWeenie) came to da same place so it wasn't quite as scary. Remington, we all lucked out and have da best families in da whole wide world.