Our Pet Story + Celebrating Furry Friends with Gordmans

This post is sponsored by Specialty Retailers, Inc. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! It ended up snowing here in Missouri, but we still had such a great weekend spent with family and watching Lana’s excitement! 🙂 Today I’m sharing our pet story about how we got our cat, Mila, and also some exciting details about how Gordmans is celebrating all of our furry friends this month! I’ll start off with our pet story:

Our Pet Story

Our cat, Mila, came into our lives back in February of 2012 when I was a Junior in college. Ashton and I had been dating for almost a year and a half, and he was trying to think of something really good to get me for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, someone he worked with at the time let him know about some kittens they had that needed homes. He picked one he thought I would love, and then he surprised me on Valentine’s Day by telling me that we would be able to go get her in a couple weeks. I love animals, so I was really excited! My childhood pet had passed away my Senior year in high school, so Ashton also knew how much I missed having a pet.

pet story

pet story

I still remember exactly what the day was like when we went to pick her up. It was SO windy out, so I brought a blanket with me to wrap her up in. I got to meet her brothers and sisters, and I even met her Mama! Mila’s Mom was so sweet, and she seemed to give me her blessing. I know – I’m a big sap! 🙂 From that point on, we fell in love with our Mila girl’s personality. She has been with us through every major event in our lives so far – college graduation, engagement, moving back and forth between cities, marriage, pregnancy, and the birth of our daughter, Lana.

pet story

pet story

Ashton also holds memories close to him of the time Mila has spent with us over the years, and he has such a soft spot for her in his heart. I still remember Mila cuddling up on my tummy when I was pregnant with Lana, and now Mila and Lana are officially partners in crime. I always happily envisioned this in my mind (Mila with our future child(ren), and now it is just everyday life. 🙂

This is why hearing a person’s pet story is so special. It’s not just necessarily a story about how you got your pet. It can be a story of how your pet affected your life, and it’s usually in a lot of ways. It’s about all of the special memories and happy moments that come to your mind every time you look at them. I know a lot of you probably have pets who are so important to you, and there is a reason for that. They truly become family. They are that constant thing you have in your life that loves you no matter what through the ups and downs. I will always hold that close to my heart.

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Gordmans’ National Pet Day Celebration

I know how special the pets in my life have been to me, so I’m really excited to share how Gordmans will be celebrating all of our other furry friends out there this month!

On April 7th, Gordmans is hosting a National Pet Day event at its stores nationwide! For my local friends, you can stop by for some fun, pet-related activities: a free pet gift to the first 50 guests at the store, the chance to win a $20 Gordmans gift card every hour, PLUS there will be some adorable adoptable puppies there from 1-3PM! Sold! 🙂

Gordmans is also giving everyone the opportunity to make a donation towards their local charity (Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Joseph, INC. is the one participating here locally) while making purchases in store all through the month of April! So definitely make sure to stop by your local Gordmans April 7th and also any other time in April!

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Cat Tree c/o Gordmans

By the way, Ashton and I have been wanting to get a cat tree for Mila for years, and now we finally have one c/o Gordmans! The original price of the cat tree was $120, but Gordmans was selling it for half of that at $60! I’m always so impressed with the affordable things you can find at Gordmans. Mila absolutely loves the cat tree, and she has been sleeping on the top bed every single day! She has always loved looking out the window and sitting way up high. The cat tree can be easily moved around, so I might still move it to different spots around the house. I am just enjoying watching her at peace in our living room for right now. 🙂

 Gordmans’ National Pet Day Contest

I want to share one last thing with you guys! Gordmans is also going to be having a contest for National Pet Day!

All you have to do is post your pet photo AND pet story on Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag #GordmansLovesPets. Then you will have a chance to win a $50 gift card! If you’re like me, you like to get nostalgic about your pet(s) anyway. So why not try to get a $50 gift card while you’re at it! 😉


  • Contest runs until April 11th.
  • Winners will be picked from both Instagram AND Facebook.
  • The winners will be chosen randomly on April 12th.

Gordmans’ Lowest Price Guarantee

If you’re also interested in learning more about Gordmans’ lowest price guarantee, just click here. It’s a really neat price-matching program, so make sure to check it out! 🙂

If you want to read my other budget-friendly posts about Gordmans, you can click the links below:

Entry Table Decor $20 and Under from Gordmans

Cozy Christmas Gifts for Her Under $20 from Gordmans

(Gordmans is an off-price retailer. Off-price retailers buy excess inventory from department and specialty stores, and then they sell it at greatly reduced prices. For shoppers, this means exceptional deals every time you shop!)

I hope you all have a great start to April!

Talk again soon, friends!


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  1. 4.17.18
    Elizabeth Seal said:

    Awww your pet story is the cutest! And such darling photos! I’m gutted I missed out on the competition but loved reading this so much, Mila is the cutest name 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like! :D)

    • 4.26.18
      Hannah Noland said:

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much! We love our Mila girl! 🙂 I gave you a follow on Bloglovin! Thanks so much for reading! Happy almost Friday!