Friday, March 22, 2013
Now that I have Facebook, Twitter and countless pet bloggers to “keep me company” in my home office, not a day goes by that I don’t read at least one adoption tale. In the last few years I have read so many wonderful adoption tales, and they all warm my heart. Sometimes we search for a certain pet and find them, and other times they just seem to fall into our lap. I wrote about that last year in Do We Find Our Pets, or Do They Find Us? It’s all good either way, right? No matter how or why these precious animals find their forever family, it’s just such a special thing.
In the pet blogging world, the day we decide to adopt an animal is called their “Gotcha Day.” This day is celebrated with much fanfare on the pet blogs, as it should be. A big deal is made of a pet’s Gotcha Day because it’s a life changing day… for both the pet and their new family. This momentous day deserves a pawty!
I must confess, though, that I don’t actually know the exact day I adopted my three cats. Mickey’s Gotcha Day was more than 13 long years ago, and back then I didn’t even know about such things. I do remember every detail of how he came to be in my family, but the exact day? Not so much.
Rocky and Annabelle were rescue babies, and when I took them in I only intended to help them get well and then find them a forever family. I have no idea what day I suddenly realized these two beautiful souls were right where they were meant to be.
It doesn’t really matter to me, though, whether I know their exact Gotcha Day or not. What matters most is that I have three sweet furry friends to share my life and home. Adopting them was the right choice. It always is; at least, that has been my experience.
Pet Adoption Tale Contest
Do you have a great Gotcha Day tale? We want to hear it, and sharing it could win you free CANIDAE dog food or FELIDAE cat food! That’s right, your pet’s unique Gotcha Day tale could net you a big bag of premium quality pet food for your animal pal.
Send your adoption tale (400 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, March 31st. Entries will be judged by a panel of pet-loving peeps, including the writers of the CANIDAE RPO blog. Winners will be notified at the email address used to submit the entry, and will have 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be chosen.
All essays submitted become property of CANIDAE and may be published on this blog or used for commercial purposes including websites and any type of marketing or advertising material.
Categories and Prizes
Best Dog Adoption Tale: 1 (one) 15-pound bag of CANIDAE dog food (I recommend the All Life Stages formula)
Best Cat Adoption Tale: 1 (one) 15-pound bag of FELIDAE cat food
Most Humorous Adoption Tale: 1 (one) 15-pound bag of either CANIDAE dog food or FELIDAE cat food (winner’s choice).
Most Unusual Adoption Tale: 1 (one) 15-pound bag of either CANIDAE dog food or FELIDAE cat food (winner’s choice).
Don’t delay! Send me your adoption story today, and your dog or cat could soon be chowing down on some FREE super premium pet food!
Photos by Last Hero (cat) and Amy Selleck (dog)
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