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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Madi's Gotcha Day May 11, 2002 & Award

On Wednesday, May 5, all the beautiful kitties at Katnip Lounge graciously gave us this Beautiful Blogger award. Madi and I thought today, her 8th Gotcha Day, was the perfect day to post it along with the below pictures of Madi today and 8 years ago. The rules are to tell you 7 things about us.
1. Madi: Loves Southern Cornbread
2. Mom: Loves humming birds. She does a happy hummingbird dance on the first day they arrive.
3.Madi: IS REALLY Gray and White not black and white
4. Mom: Is NOT a Diva (there is only room for one Diva in the house)!!
5. Madi: Has a sister***
6. Mom:When was a toddler, she gave, Lady, the family Collie and her puppies a hair cut then decided to cut her own hair...which required a trip to the hair dresser for damage control for this reason.....
7.Madi:Runs when she sees Mom with a pair of scissors.....

Madi our gorgeous Diva: May 10, 2010 (above)

Madi our gorgeous Diva in training: May 11, 2002 (below)

We adopted Madi on May 11, 2008, the Saturday before Mother's Day, it was love at first sight.
This is her story: It had been 2 years since Milky-Way went to the play on the Rainbow Bridge.
It was time to move on. We had been thinking about a kitten for several months. We were not trying to replace MW so we decided a gray kitten would suite us just fine. Madi was in a cage with her sister. They were listed as Kitty L and Kitty M. Kitty L was a precious calico but we had our mind set on a gray kitty so Kitty M was going to be ours. As you can see from the above picture, Kitty M, was a little speck of kitten but she came with a ton of personality and she knew what she liked and didn't like. It was several days maybe even a week, before we settled on a name for this little ball of fluff. It took us longer to agree on a name for Kitty M that it did to name our human daughter. This particular spot on the love seat is still in the top five of her favorite places to sleep. Kitty L, Madi's sister, soon became Lucy***. She was adopted by a friend. At about 1 year old, Lucy ate 3 pennies, which had to be removed surgically. Her owner told us the surgery cost 599.97... the vet gave him the 3 pennies after the surgery. Over the last 5 years we lost track of Lucy; however, it is our hope she is as happy and as well loved as Madi. Thankfully Madi never developed a taste for copper. The worst craving she had in her first year was a taste for wood. We thought she was a termite in cat's clothing. In particular, cherry, in particular, the cherry wood of our Ethan Allan Secretary and our Grandfather clock. At about 6 months old, we noticed she was constantly staring at the chair by our fireplace. Soon we learned that the staring was actually her mathematical mind calculating the distance between the chair, across the mantel (without breaking any knick knacks) and up to the top of the Secretary. Once there she decided the design of the finial needed to be different shape. Luckily we caught her before any damage was done. However, keeping her down proved to be a monumental task. We readily admitted to being out witted by a 3 lb kitten. We moved the chair into the center of the family room for several months. She soon discovered she could jump from the stairs to the top of the Grandfather clock. There was no moving the clock so we wrapped it in a quilt secured with duct tape (yet another use for duct tape). I finally realized that Madi was after we bought a 6' cat tree for her. After her first birthday she lost interest in both the Secretary and the Grandfather clock. Milk-way our first cat never tried to get to the top of either of these pieces of furniture. We quickly learned Madi was not to be compared to Milky-way but the good news was she filled the huge void losing Milky-way left in our hearts and to this day she continues to amaze, amuse and astonish us and make us smile.
We love you baby girl,
Mom and Dad


  1. Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL award!!!
    Actually we really wanted to send you that same award,but we knew you had one already...
    Anyway,you do deserve the double ,triple ,,,,many more awards!!

    And thank you so much for sharing such a touching story of Madi!!!
    YES! Madi really make us SMILE,too!!!
    Lots of lots of hugs and kisses to you!!!

  2. That is a sweet story, We Love Madi too!!!

    Tag Your It!!! Go to my Blog to see whats up

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, Madi girl!! You were the cutest kitten ever and now you have blossomed into a pretty diva cat!

    Hershey wants to give you a 'high 5' because she loved to chew on wood when she was a pup too! It drove my mom mad and Hershey did destroy some things!!

    Love you heaps (and heaps)...

  4. Thanks for sharing the story ;)

  5. Happy Gotcha Day to Madi! She's a lucky kitty to have been adopted by such loving people. And congratulations on the award, too. You certainly both deserve it.

    wags, Lola

  6. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Madi!! My mom and me thinks you are a very special diva kitty and even though we just became furiends last week we all ready luvs you.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  7. You deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award!

    I love the story of young Madi! What a surprise compared to Milky Way! But then our pets are like our kids. No two are the same! HA!
    Hugs, Kathy

  8. Madi you sure are a special feline.

  9. Awww, happy Gotcha Day Madi! You were a Most SQUEE-dorable baby kitteh but I shouldn't be surprised by that since you're a Most Beautiful grown-up kitteh. I luved the story about how smart you are and how you figured out how to get on top of stuffs. Maybe you should consider teaching geometry or physics or something.

    And HUGE congratulations on your awardie. You and your mom are truly Most Beautiful!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  10. Oh! Loved reading the story of Madi! She did indeed climb high--right into your hearts!

  11. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! I love the story and pics! And congrats on your well deserved award. I hope you have a fun filled day full of hugs and treats!

  12. Awe Madi.....What a beautiful story! Happy Gotcha Day! You must be the most amazing Kitty I have ever heard about! Now wonder you got that award!!!

  13. Some one of these days, I will ask the hubs for the name of the flowers pics I take.......someday. lol The macro is built right into my camera....and I love it! Something that just pleases me so much is pics of fluers!

  14. Lots of nosetaps to you today Miss Kitty (aka Madi)!

    I want to see the photo after Mom cut everyone's fur/hair!!!! ;-)

  15. HAPPY GOTCHYA DAY SWEET MADI!!! You are such a well~loved girl who was lucky enough to stumble upon your mom and adopt her and your dad! We loved reading all about you as a kitten and mom LOL'd at the $599.97. Thank goodness everything turned out ok. We hope Lucy is having a great life like yours and we are glad to have helped you celebrate today!

    Oh yeah...ConCats on your award! You totally deserve it!

  16. What a lucky bunch you are to have found such a wonderful family! Happy Gotcha Day to all!
    ~Lisa Co9T

  17. Happy Gotcha Day beautiful Madi!...What a silly, precious girl you are; we loved reading your story!...You are a lovely sweetheart and we are so happy to be your friends...We hope you got extra cuddles and treats for your special day!...Congratulations on the beautiful award, it was a great list=we might have to try cornbread!...Happy day gorgeous girl...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  18. We loved reading Madi's story! Especially the finial reshaping. Isn't it funny how we Cats manage to outwit the Beans? Truly, we are the superior life form...except for the thumb thing, that is.
    So...Happy Gotcha Day Madi! Enjoy your day with lots of treats and lovins'.

  19. Great story Mom! You're looking great Madi!

  20. HI Madi and Mom,
    Gees I hope you all are not mad at me!! You don't come to see me very often any more.
    Happy Gotcha Day Madi!! You are and you where a very pretty girl!!! I love you Madi!!
    Thanks so much Mom for the great story of getting Madi!!! Congrats on your award!!!
    You have a beautiful blog.
    XXOO, Fern

  21. Happy Gotcha Day Madi, we loved reading your special story.
    We hope you celebrate the day with all nice things - what about some nice tuna - or even better some salmon!
    Congratulations also on your well deserved Award.
    Martha and Bailey xxx

  22. OMD, look at that adorable baby picture of you, Madi!!!! :-)

    Happy Gotcha Day, to sweet Miz Madi!


  23. The terminator diva!!! Another pawesome nickname for you. Hey, after reading this, I can only think of one thing. We must join forces. I'll keep publishing about dog training tips and you start on cat training tips. I love what you had your pawrents do to the clock. BOL I can't make fun of you today. My hat is off to you.
    My respects,

  24. Happy Gotcha Day Madi! And what a wonderful story that is about you! And we totally understand the high places - they are so fun (ok, we don't really go too high but we would if we had high places to go to!)

    And the 7 facts were very interesting! Congrats on the award!!

  25. Hi Madi!

    This is a BIG day.
    That was an amazing story and we are so happy for you and your Mom and Dad. It was a total love at first sight for all concerned.
    Concats on your award!


  26. What a wonderful story.. Really beautiful. She is a climber :) You know today .. May 11th is my oldest boys b-day! He is 17!! Mom let me eat vanilla cake....yummmmm. SO sorry We have not been around much..we feel so out of touch :( Its end of the year for the kids at school and lots to do. and birthdays..and all.

    Happy Gotcha Day...Madi!!!

  27. Happy Gotcha Day, Beautiful! Love seeing that kitten photo fo tiny! That is an excellent story of how you and your pawrents came to be together. I am very proud of the way you started training them right away too!
    I hope you got to celebrate with your favorite treats!

  28. Happy Gotcha Day, Madi!
    Thanks for sharing your story!
    Thankfully no nickels for you, right?
    Kisses and hugs

  29. So so so lovely touching story :))
    Thanks for telling us !!!!
    Congratulations with youe well deserved award

    Hugs Love Kareltje =^.^=

  30. Hi Madi & Mom,

    A belated Happy Gotcha Day Madi! We really enjoyed the story about your early days. You were a real climber huh? Cindi doesn't climb much but Tasha was always on something. All kitties are so different.

    We are back and will be posting soon. It was a fun trip but the last couple of days I have been doing laundry, picking up debris from the wind storm and mowing foot high grass.

    Hugs & Purrs,
    Judy and Cindi Lou


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