Sunday, 8 July 2012

Celebration on Sunday: GENJI'S FIRST GOTCHA DAY!

#1 here. Genji, whose full name is GENJI DES REVES D'ATON, came to us exactly a year ago today. He flew into Paris Orly airport from South-West France where he was born, and I drove there to get him. It may seem strange that I had to go get a kitten so far away, but I had had a very bad experience with my local breeder, having lost two young cats from his cattery to leukemia, and I wanted to get as far away from his bloodlines as possible. Genji's mother is called Bastet and his father Dynastie Bleu Ré. They are both blue Abyssinians, just like him. I had initially picked a fawn kitten from that same litter but the breeder told me that kitten was rather shy and might be overwhelmed by my existing gang. On the other hand, his brother, even though small in size, was very outgoing and playful. Thus Genji came to join us. This was taken at the airport, the first time I held him:

Genji started to settle in right away when we got home. He did spend his first few days with us confined to the back room and I spent a lot of time with him and slept with him.

He developed his "velcro" style early on...

The next picture is his first meeting with The Beebs who was really very nice with him, not hissing at all. Overall, Genji adjusted to the rest of the family extremely well and quickly

Learning all about the run!

At first, he was quite frightened of Tommy, but they very quickly became inseparable:

Settling in!

Hunting with The Beebs:

Snuggling with The Beebs:

Wrestling with The Beebs!!!

One year old:

Master of all he surveys!

And mummy's boy supreme...

Genji, we are just so happy to have you with us at Poupounette Central. I know I occasionally call you a thug and you do have a habit of pouncing on poor Sei-Chan and scaring her, but even Tama, who is quite particular, loves to play with you! May you be with us for many, many years and always bring your joy and sweetness into this house. A special thanks also to your breeder, Sylvia, who let you come and join us!

From #1, Tommy, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Vidock, Violette and Urey


  1. Happy Gotcha Day Genji! We remember that day last year and that adorable airport meeting. We were in love at first sight with you, handsum boy.

  2. can't believe its been a whole year - I know I don't comment often but I have followed you every day - concatulations

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, little mate! We can't believe it's been a whole year already. We had a look at your breeder's website and saw some pictures of your mumcat. What a stunner!

    We're so glad you got to come and join the Poupounette Gang :)

  4. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY , Genji !!!

  5. What wonderful photos to remember his first year with you! Happy Gotcha Day, Genji!

  6. What a joyeous post! We love you Genji! Happy Gotcha Day sweet boy.

    Love Milo and Alfie and our mom xxx

  7. Happy Gotcha Day, Sir Silver Prince! Genji, you have been a joy to know this past year and we look forward to many more exploits for a long time to come.

  8. Happy Gotcha Day you beautiful boy! You sure landed in a great home.


  9. Happy Gotcha Day, handsome Genji! You are a very lucky kitty to have such a wonderful home!

  10. Hap-Pei Gotcha Day Genji-Chan!

    Nose Kisses to everyone!

    Pei In The Life

  11. Happy Gotcha Day Genji!!!

    The three of us would LOVE to get woo too!!!

    Here's to many more special Gotcha Days!!!

    Khyra and The Golden Khampers Merdie and Harley

  12. Happy Gotcha Day Genji!!!!!!!!
    We wish you lots and lots more fun years with your pawsome family!!

  13. Happy Gotcha Day Genji!!!!!!!!
    We can see that you gpt a really neat,loving family :) We wish you a long lifetime of fun too!!!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia
    Tiger,Treasure and JJ

  14. Happy, Happy Gotcha Day Genji - we love to see how you have grown and are into mischief while still loving cuddles with #1. You are a magical young mancat.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  15. Happy happy Gotcha Day, Gen-chan!

  16. Hurrah! Hurrah! Happy Gotcha day, handsome shining prince!
    We remember the wonderful photo of you and your #1. We always thought that it looked like you two had made a deep connection, far beyond the "cute kitty" one, from the very beginning. Is that true? What we didn't remember was your amazing frootbats! Bigger than your entire head. Sooo precious.
    The portrait of you is absolutely exquisite! One of the most beautiful kitty portraits we have ever seen. Your #1 has outdone herself!
    Have a very special day, sweet boy. Feel the love coming to you from your friends all over the world. Kisses and hugs from all of us.

  17. Many congratulations Genji, and here is to many, many more happy, healthy years at The Poupounette! We remember your arrival, and have watched your first year eagerly. We love your approach - and we bet #1 is glad there aren't two of you, hehehehe! You have an excellent family, and have fitted in so well. Have a great Gotcha Day, Gen-Chan.

  18. Happy Gotcha day to you, Genji! I can't believe it has already been a year!

  19. Happy Gotcha Day sweettie
    Benny & Lily

  20. Happy Gotcha Day, Gen-Chan!! We are so happy you are in such a loving home with wonderful family!! We hope you have super fun day today!

  21. Happy Gotcha Day Genji. I remember all of your journey since you came into the family. I remember how you became a treasured member of the family and how you learned to love Tommy...we knew you would.

    Happy Gotcha day again handsome young boy and many more celebrations to come.

    Love and hugs from me and mom

  22. Happy Gotcha Day to my dear Genji!
    Lots of love Rosie xxxxx
    (and Oliver and Ruby too!)

  23. Happy gotcha day, Genji! I can't believe it has already been a year! I hope your day was special!

  24. Oh My Goodness!
    Has it been 1 year all ready! Wowwie Zowwie!
    Me will sing yous the Gottcha song!
    ♥♥♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸
    ¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gotcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*
    •.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gotcha Day Dear Genji!!!!! ♪♫•*
    ¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gotcha Day to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

  25. Sweet Genji-boy you won our hearts from the first moment we saw you :-) Happy Gotcha Day!!!

  26. Happy Gotcha Day, Genji! (We wish we could say it in French, but c'est la vie.)

    Such a cute and handsome youngster you are! And you found the purrfect family. Wishing you many, many more happy years!

  27. We can't believe it's been a whole year! Happy Gotcha Day, Genji! We hope you are having a great day!!

  28. Been a busy day for Mom, but we finally made it here. We wouldn't miss wishing the Sweet Boy Genji a Happy Birthday and many, many more to come. Thanks too for all the flashback photos. Very nicely done.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  29. Happy Gotcha Day Genji!
    Kisses and hugs

  30. Concatulations on one year Genji. We wish you many more with all of the gang.

  31. Belated Birthday Kisses Genji. What great pictures you have here. We can see you are a star!

    the amigos and san

  32. Happy Gotcha Day Genji! We remember the day you were Gotcha'd like it was yesterday. Wow time flys and you have grown to be such a handsome mancat in the bestest family you could ever wish for.


    Cory and family

  33. I love your tantalizing eyes :D you look fabulous on that post ;D

    Dog Shock Collar | Puppy Bond

  34. Happy belated Gotcha Day Genji! You landed on all four paws into a wonderful, loving family:)
    And how fortunate for them as it appears you are sweet inside and out!

    the critters in The Cottage xo


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