Thursday, April 14, 2016

It's Our BLOGOVERSARY! Throw Back Thursday!

This is the ultimate Throw Back Thursday! This is our Blogoversary!

FIVE YEARS!!! Holy Smokes I can't believe it's been this long! I'm SO thrilled to be here, SO thrilled to have met you all! Thank you for visiting us and for being out friends!!


I'm not going to put the entire first post here, just part of it, but if you want to read it, here's the link:
http://celestialkitties.blogspot.com/2011/04/face-to-face.html


The post was called Face To Face and here's how it started:
Two and a half weeks ago, 8 hours from home, I fell in love all over again. That’s when I met the new man in my life. His name is Leo. Leo the Chinese Lion. And he is absolutely the mostly cuddly, sweet, fluffy, snugglishious grey kitty I’ve ever seen!

And I owe it all to Chrystal of
Daily Dose of Dogs (AKA Cats With Your Coffee)! She is a private rescuer who took in a family of 6 little feral kittens last October, one of which is Leo. She’s an amazing woman with a heart as big as all outdoors! If you want to read about Leo from his very beginning, check out her blog. Leo’s story starts in the archives on October 8th. (Note: It's now in her book, which you can find by the link on her sidebar!)

That is the day I first set eyes on Leo, even before he had a name. I saw that little grey face with the huge scared eyes and my heart melted. I looked for mention (and pictures!) of him over the next few months and I shared the stories with my husband, Greg. I kept telling him that if we lived closer I’d want to try to adopt him. Of course, neither of us thought our older kitty, Star, would accept another kitty even if we did live closer. So I tried to content myself with pipe dreams of that fuzzy little baby.
 
Like I said, you can read the whole thing by looking back at that original post, but the important parts are here: I fell in love just seeing him on Chrystal's blog. I never thought I'd get him, but I did. And I was a huge supporter of Chrystal's from day one! :)
 
First picture I showed of Leo:
 
He was nervous and obviously a bit scared on that long first drive, but when I held him he melted into me! I had him in my arms for about half the trip and he hugged me and held himself on my shoulder any time I had him out of that cage. He repeated that hug hold a lot that first year in his new home, becoming my Leo Scarf! Something he doesn't really do much any more, either because he's more comfortable on my chest or because I don't sit at the computer any more where he would do that adorable neck hug (love my laptop, miss my hugs!)
 
The love has lasted for five years and has grown and grown! I cannot imagine my life without my Leo, my heart kitty! And I could not imagine my life without this blog and all of you!
Thank you!!
 
The blog has changed over these five years. We got two of Leo's sisters! That was a big milestone for us and we love them so much! We lost our dear Star and still miss her. But the love is unchanged! Love for my kitties, for all kitties, for our bloggy friends, for all of you!! Smooches and niptinies all around!
 
I wouldn't be the advocate for Chrystal and Winnie's Wish if I didn't say: Please drop by and see her today! Help find homes for the Winnie's Wish kitties! Donate if you can, check out the Wish List, and Buy the book!! If you can, ADOPT!! Thank you!!!

28 comments:

Katie Isabella said...
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Katie Isabella said...

I love reading about Leo again because he is very important in your lives and ours as well. Katie has said on occasion how much she appreciates and truly loves all the kitties and woofies who come to see her each time she blogs. Affection for all kitties is the main driver of blogs. We moms learn about them and the woofies who come through visiting them. And getting to know them all, we love them as well. And we rejoice as well as grieve for them at times.

Leo, you will always have a very special place in mine and Katie's heart. Always. No one else ever put her picture up in their man cave and how I wish I had saved that picture. <3 xxooxx to all the babies.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

It's your blogoversary? HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! And may there be many, MANY more blogoversaries to come.

Purrs,
Seville

PS. You get any nip for the big day? Inquiring minds want.... NEED to know. purrs

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Blogoversary to you Leo - we hope you will have a great day with extra treats.

Random Felines said...

HAPPY Blogoversary!!! Lots of changes but lots of love!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Happy Blogoversary to one of the happiest families we know!

Purrs,
The Chans

Eastside Cats said...

Happy 5th! I love your floofy kitties!

John Bellen said...

How the time flies, eh? Five years; good Heavens. I like reading stories about how people came to have their pets. They are always heartwarming, and your story about Leo is just that.

Oldcat said...

Congrats on the five years

Photo Cache said...

Happy 5th anniversary you guys. What a lovely thing to repost the first post here for those of us who weren't there for the initial post.

Emma and Buster

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Happy blogoversary!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Congratulations!!!!! You have done so much to help those kitties in need. Here's to many more years.

Summer said...

What a face! No wonder you fell in love with Leo right away! Happy blogoversary - and how awesome that your family is complete with two of his sisters now!

Flynn said...

Concats and happy Blogoversary!

Lone Star Cats said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Chrystal said...

Happy Happy Happy Blogoversary!!!!! Yippee!!!! Don't know what I'd do without you!!!!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Blogoversary! We remember when Leo came into your life...and then his sisters. Paws up!!

Brian said...

Happy Blogoversary from all of us!!! We sure remember when Leo came too, that was quite the happy event!

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Five years is a huge milestone. Very happy blogaversary!

LP said...

Happy Blogversary Andrea! We remember when you fell in love with Leo(who was definitely a striking looking kitty!). And then we remember when you brought his sisters home. We are glad to know you and your family. We hope you keep blogging for a long time :)

your pals,
the critters in the cottage xo

meowmeowmans said...

Happy blogoversary, sweet pals! We are so glad you started blogging on this day, and so proud to count you among our friends. :)

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy Blogoversary!! We're so happy you found blogging and we found you!

Caren Gittleman said...

Happy Happy Blogoversary!!! Here's to many, many more years!! catchatwithcarenandcody

The Indulged Furries said...

Happy Blogoversary. Your story of Leo hugging you brought back memories of when I met my first kitty, Felix. I took him from the cage and he grabbed onto me and wouldn't let go.

Katie Kat said...

Concatulations! Happy 5 years of blogging!
Purrz from all the Katie Katz.

Katie Kat said...

Reading about how Leo hugged you and my first thought was: Leo the love bug... What a blessing he is and you for him. <3

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Happy 5th year Blogiversary! May you have many more...

Kitties Blue said...

Concatulations on five years. That's a terrific milestone. We loved seeing the photo of little Leo. Wishing you many more happy years of blogging. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo