Olive here for another Tortie Talk Tuesday. Guess what today is? It’s Dexter’s Seventh Gotcha Day! My big bro was the first of the Three Chatty Cats to join the household and it was in the month of June – the 20th to be exact. And did you know? June is the same month I arrived (but a year later).
Our parents used to joke that June was the month for new pets. Our woofie brother, Eddie, arrived first in June 2003. Then Dexter came along years later in June 2010. Then me in June 2011. Stupid Sophie had to ruin it by showing up in the month of November. So, now I say that us special ones arrived in June.
Dexter’s Gotcha Story
Mom and Dad found Dexter on a really hot day in Palm Springs, California. They were visiting with Dad’s grandparents for the day (it was Father’s Day that year), and it was 100+ degrees outside! They were taking our woofie brother Eddie (and two other dogs) for a quick bathroom break and little Dexter darted out in front of them and ran under a bush to hide.
Dad got a towel and tried for about 10 minutes to catch the scared and overheated kitten. He finally got him, and they saw a big gash on his upper lip. You can see it in these photos here that were taken the next morning after they found him.
No momma cat was in sight, and it was clear that the little guy had been on his own for a bit. Mom and Dad think that maybe a bird tried to get him and caused the cut on his lip. We’ll never know. But Dexter was really dirty and his whiskers were caked in mud.
So, our parents took him home that night, cleaned him up and brought him to the vet the next morning…and so began the adventure of being owned by a cat!
Here’s Dexter after a few days at the house, settling in nicely.
And here he is with me and Sophie. He loved me so much when I arrived a year later. The jury is still out on Sophie. Well…I guess he loves her, too.
Happy Gotcha Day, Dexter!