October 13th is a very special day in our house. Two years ago today, Luna came home for the very first time. And six years ago today, I started dating my boyfriend.

Today we’ll celebrate by going on a long walk, eating some delicious food, and snuggling up to watch a movie. We’ll also reflect on the past year together and look forward to many more awesome years.

On Friday, I shared Luna’s rescue story and just like last year I’ll share a few photos today!

As part of the celebration, we’ll be giving away two prize packs for Luna’s Second Gotcha Day!

TWO lucky Beagles and Bargains readers will receive a Prize Pack!

Each prize pack will contain as much pet related swag that can fit in a medium flat rate box. Possible contents include jerky treats, frisbees, tennis balls, key chains, squeaky toys, collars, bandanas, and MORE! The prize pack contents will be a mystery!

USA residents are eligible to enter via the Rafflecopter below. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.

Possible prizes!

Some of the possible prizes, but there is even more!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. Beagles and Bargains is responsible for all giveaway prizes including shipping.

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • anita leibert

    Honestly never heard of Gotcha Day till now!

  • Theresa Spaid

    My girl Nakita died last year after being with me for 11 years. September is the month I got her from the shelter. She loved her treats so actually everyday was a celebration for her. Gotcha days just a little more treats. Miss her

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I have five Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats – so we have a total of 8 “gotcha” days and 8 birthdays (in the case of 2 of them we have actual birth dates, but with the others we have estimated dates based on the age the shelter estimated them at). In five of the cases the birthday and gotcha days are only a couple of weeks apart, so I typically only celebrate once. This year, since my Kenji and Seiji have theirs only a couple of weeks apart, I took the two of them to Petsmart and got special treats for all five of the dogs (and I stopped at a drive-up window for food for my husband, and the lady there gave me some extra fries for the boys). I’ll do something special for each, although it often depends on things like weather and what else is going on for me. But, I do give them at least a little “party” with the rest of the pack and do something like take them on an extra run to Petsmart or for an extra walk just for them.

  • Jackie Preas

    I had also never heard of it but it sounds pretty cool.I know we picked up our boy on April 21 so he will get something special on that date too now.Love being able to celebrate these days.

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  • Marti Tabora

    I never heard of gotcha days before, but I love the idea and Luna is so darn adorable. My dog’s gotcha day would be the same as his birthday though. His mama lived at my house because she was my son’s girlfriends pet and they were staying with me, so right after he was born I picked him to be mine.

  • Claudia Duarte

    gotcha days? never heard…lol. does it is mean when i got Blue? its fain…but i do give him extra love on his Birthday… and just love being together with him as much as possible…I love Blue so much!..

    • beaglesbargains

      Yup! A Gotcha Day is the day you adopted or brought your pet home. I think it became popular because many rescue pets don’t have known birthdays. Some people choose to guess or randomly pick a birthday and others celebrate their Gotcha Day. We do both because we love to celebrate!

      • Claudia Duarte

        Oh oh kays, i see now… i must find out Blues gotcha day! Oh girlie I forgot to tell you, I Love Lunas pics so adorable…especially the one shes sitting down and she has food on her mouth..lol. love it!..

  • Kyla Patton

    We don’t celebrate “Gotcha Days” but we celebrate Luma’s birthday πŸ™‚ I make her some special homemade treats, get her a new toy, take her for a nice walk and we play lots with her. At the end of the day when everyone is tired we collapse on the couch together to snuggle and watch a movie or show.

  • Marci Richie Wright

    We have never celebrated gotcha days, but I think it’s a wonderful idea! We rescued our 2 pups on December 1, 2009 & we believe they were around 3 months old at the time.

  • catchatcaren

    Happy Happy Gotcha Day sweet girl! Thanks for the fantastic give-away! We celebrate Gotcha Days by making the Gotcha Day doggy or kitty the KING of the day! They get a special meal, even MORE kisses and special treats!

  • Katty k

    Happy gotcha day Luna!!!!

    I don’t have gotcha days I have birthday

    I take Pumpkin to petco and git her a new toy and then i give her wet food

  • Jason Diehl

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna, we celebrate our gotcha days with the telling of our adoption story, then special chew treats

  • Katie Mitchell

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna, tomorrow is my beagle jack Russell mix, Roxy’s birthday and she will be getting a couple new toys a special roast beef dinner, and strawberry ice cream for dessert(her favorite) and lots of love and hopefully a walk (if it isn’t raining all day)

    • beaglesbargains

      Happy Early Birthday Roxy!!

  • Shelley P

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna!! I hope your day is very special πŸ™‚ We celebrate gotcha days with a special meal, new toys, a fun day out and some yummy treats.

  • Happy Gotcha Day and Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you have a great celebration planned for all.

  • Emma

    Happy Gotcha Day, Luna! You are one lucky pup!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    Happy Gotcha Day! I might get Mr. N a small toy or something but it’s a few days after his birthday so we don’t usually do anything big.

  • Mary W

    We have not celebrated Gotcha Days but we will now. Thanks for the great idea! My 7 rescued pets thank you even more!

    • beaglesbargains

      Wow! 7 sounds like a challenge! Gotcha Days don’t have to be huge. A special treat or snuggle works!

  • Susan Pertierra

    I don’t celebrate any Gotcha Days but I might have to now!

  • TXpups

    We always celebrate Tahoe’s Gotcha Day. Happy Gotcha Day!

  • LyricInTime2803

    I celebrate with trips to the pet store to pick out a new toy or chew, making pupcakes, and playing their favorite games.

    • beaglesbargains

      Sounds like the perfect day!

  • SGilbert

    We celebrate Schooner and Skipper day by Mommy fixing breakfast…scrambled eggs and cheese,going to the Pet Store to pick out a new toy, playing outside, going for a walk, lots of kisses and belly rubs, mommy fixing dinner chicken and vegetables and ice cream for dessert. Snuggling on the couch at night watching planet TV.

    • beaglesbargains

      Sounds like a super fun day!

  • ado

    Oh yes, with a treat or toy

  • Jennifer Leigh Dace

    Yes birthdays and gotcha days are special around our house. We have special trats, cakes… and we play whoevers day it is’s favorite game.

  • Abby C

    Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Luna!!!
    We celebrate gotcha days. This year we decided to bundle up Jada and Bailey’s celebrations together. Jada’s birthday is around April 4th and Bailey came into our life on April 1st, so we decided to bundle! it was very fun and we had pup pies!

    • beaglesbargains

      LOVE this picture! Pup pies are so fun!

  • Alissa

    Happy gotcha day Luna! You look so cute in all the pictures!

  • Daniel Scott

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna. We celebrate my Gotcha Day too. It is just like a birthday party and I get some gifts, but I donate to the shelter too.

  • Happy Gotcha Day Luna!

  • Jess H

    Can’t say I have, but I think I’ll start! Such a cute idea c:

  • Patricia Brousseau Caradonna

    Never heard of Gotcha Day until now – great idea!

  • Kristen Mcclary

    i hadnt heard of it untill now either but definently a great idea thanks for sharing camper would sure love this!!!

    • beaglesbargains

      Aww what a face!

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  • Dolly the Doxie

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna! I didn’t realize you had only been with your mom two years! What a cutie you are the pictures are just wonderful and show how much you mean to each other. Love Dolly

    • beaglesbargains

      It definitely feels like much longer!

  • What a great montage of photos! Happy Gotcha Day Luna! We’ll be celebrating Kronos’s guestimated barkday in October (he came from a rescue so we don’t know his exact birth day, otherwise we’d have to wait until around Christmas which is when he actually joined the family)

    • beaglesbargains

      We guestimated Luna’s birthday too! We picked March 21. I guess she is lucky because her Gotcha Day and Birthday are split pretty evenly throughout the year! Happy Early Birthday to Kronos!

  • Ruth Griffeth

    I kinda started to celebrate Gotcha Day’s with my girl,Halo , but since we found out her Birthday falls on mine, Halo and I celebrate our birthdays together. We Adopted Halo from the pound a pure breed Cocker Spaniel, both her and her brother were at the pound and it broke my heart to separate them, but only one could come home. Halo has never been the average yippy ball of zip most Cockers are she is the most mellow I have seen. She was a year old when we got her in Dec. on the 16th, she is so smart and loves everyone. caution attack dog might lick you to death! I love her so much she went from the boys dog to mom’s in a matter of days.

  • Stacy Tilton

    I had never heard of it before now, but think it’s an awesome way to celebrate how our beloved pets came into our lives. Mine sure have made my life happier!

  • Kim Lassiter Mangrum

    Pupcakes and Ice Cream and a new toy!

  • Mary Somerville

    We celebrate my girl Dolly Dog’s birthday, with presents, and homemade doggie cookies & frozen treats (which she actually a lot gets thru the year too) I love Gotcha day-It really is something to celebrate,and we will start doing it.

  • shelleyb

    I hadn’t heard of this term- We’ll need to remember this next Aug 3!! We’ll find something special to do and serve our puppy, then will be a dog- her favorite treats.

  • Helga

    Never heard of it but it sounds like something my puppies would like.

  • Amanda

    Looks like it has been a great two years! I hope you have many, many more together!

  • sandy weinstein

    no, never gotcha days, just birthdays….

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  • jodi

    Our pets seem to have a gotcha day every time we go into a pet store. We constantly seem to be picking up new toys, bones, warm coats and sweaters….

  • Jennifer Marohn

    Hum… no not really, since I had never thought of celebrating the particular day my dogs were adopted. My dogs do get gifts for Christmas and their estimated DOB. πŸ™‚

  • Diana

    I haven’t celebrated a gotcha day, not yet since it hasn’t been a year, but we celebrate her first birthday! Made her some yummy pup cakes πŸ™‚

  • Natalie

    I have never heard of celebrating a day like gotcha day before!

  • Courtney Bre

    No We do not do gotcha days///just birthdays

  • Molly Pitcher

    Yes, I have to celebrate gotcha day for my beagle baby since we don’t know his birthday

  • sherry butcher

    I have not call it gotcha day but on Sept. 1st we celebrate my Blackie’s “birthday” because I have no idea when he was born. He loves it too.

  • alliciac

    I’ve never heard of celebrating that day before, but we did celebrate our 1 year adoptaversary this summer for my rescue.

  • alejandra

    I didn’t know anything about gotcha day but i usually buy my dogs a toy or meat cake for their birthday

  • I have never heard of a gotcha day, but since we have Sparkie’s birthday on his papers, we get him a bone and make a doggie cake for his birthday. My fiance, Sparkie and I were all born in June, so we just have a good time all month long.

  • Karen Lester Bullion

    I never thought of celebrating a gotcha day. We just decide when it is their birthday and celebrate that day. I really like the idea of celebrating a gotcha day because you always remember that. I think we have a new tradition to celebrate.

  • Darby

    I never knew what exactly to call the day I adopted my pup but now i know what I can call it! I’m sure my little Stella would absolutely love this giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Billy Johnson

    I dont celebrate gotcha day tho i do celebrate his birthday

  • Billy Johnson

    I dont celebrate gotcha day tho i do celebrate his birthday

  • Danielle E

    We celebrates Wilson’s BDay instead of his Gotcha day though they are close together

  • annstaub

    Awesome! Happy Gotcha Day Luna! How cool that it’s on the same day as your anniversary.

  • Peter herrell

    We have 6 dogs who all say thank you Luna xxx

  • Dogs N Pawz

    Happy Gotcha Day Luna! Hope you had a fantastic day!

  • We’ve never celebrated Gotcha Days. I never heard of it. It seems like fun and you did a great with Luna’s Second Gotcha Day:)

  • Michelle

    We have never celebrated Gotcha Days but I always give them an extra treat around what I estimate to be their birthday.

  • Jayden H.

    I have never celebrated Gotcha day, but we do celebrate Max’s birthday! He was adopted 2 days before Christmas so we make sure to spoil him then, too! πŸ™‚

  • Jackie L

    Congrats on both of your milestones! I plan on celebrating both estimated birthday and gotcha day when we reach them (I’ll hit 2 months with Galen on the 23rd).

  • Daisy is adopted from a rescue shelter so we celebrate her gotcha day instead of her birthday…although this year I really didn’t do a great job planning the celebration. I owe her an extra special Christmas for sure! LOL! Happy Gotcha Day, Luna!!!

  • Lisa

    we don’t celebrate gotcha day. We do birthdays. Usually a special toy for the birthday pup and treats for all the pups!! πŸ™‚

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  • lsglickman

    No,not really. We celebrate with the pups every day!

  • Sandrine T.

    Yes, we celebrate with extra treats & pets!

  • Brittany Phillips

    We celebrate Spencer’s birthday and blogiversary! Congrats on this great milestone!!! πŸ™‚

  • Angela Cash

    Yes, we absolutely celebrate Gotcha Days. The pups get new toys and I make their favorite treat – frozen peanut butter & banana pupcicles.

  • Darby

    We celebrate it as our dog’s birthday!

  • Bryn Nowell

    We celebrate Bean’s birthday and the date we brought her home! She also gets special treats around the holidays πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Walker

    I’ve never even heard of Gotcha Days before. So no I don’t celebrate Gotcha Days.

  • Daraya

    Of course! We love to celebrate the anniversary of when we got each dog! πŸ™‚

  • hewella1

    We celebrate birthdays instead.

  • Jessica Houge

    We celebrate on rescue dates. Our furbabies love getting special treats and toys!

  • Samantha Daleo

    We celebrate our beagles birthday…we have a general guess/day that we know he was born and that’s his birthday!

  • David Fultner

    LOL no never heard of it.

  • Darlene Carbajal

    Never heard of it haha.

  • Crystal Rose

    We don’t celebrate them but we do include our pets in the Christmas gift giving.

  • tinareynolds

    We celebrate birthdays and he always gets a special treat on holidays like the kids maybe we should add gotcha day

  • Krissy

    We’ve always celebrated birthdays, but gotcha days would be fun!!

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