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Daisy, Marko

The Ghost of Daisy

Posted on 2009.05.13 at 06:30
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Snow - Millennium (Disc 2)

A new member of our forum joined because she and her family were looking to move to Anna, and our forum is a great resource. As it turned out, they chose new construction in another nearby city, but during preparation for the move, they discovered that they would have to give up a cat :(

The message was posted on our board, and I clicked the link out of nothing more than idle curiosity, but what I saw took my breath away:
I replied that I was interested, but that I would require approval from my spouse first. When catttitude got home she said, "No." That is, before she saw the pictures herself. "When can we pick her up?"

The first day I showed up was for orientation. I met the family and 'Sneakie' the cat to ensure we were compatible. That family sure loved their cat, and I didn't want to have to take her away from them, but I felt that if it had to be done, I was the one to do it.
The next day drax0r and I drove out and visited with the family. I have a feeling we'll seeing more of them. Her husband works down the hall from us as it turns out, and her boys are just great - spent a lot of time with Sneakie. School's almost out here and I figure they can come up and see her when she gets settled in. I remember when drax0r had Daisy after we sold our house I went to see her once a week before we moved to STL.
The first night at my house was difficult. We had three kids sleeping over for a total of five kids under the age of 10 in the house, then there was a lightning storm. LOTS of noise. We quarantined Mleko in our room and kenneled the pug to give Sneakie run of the house. A couple of times I caught her circumnavigating the entire house in full low-crawl mode.

Then, about 0200 I saw her peeking through my office doors. She looked so much like Daisy it made my heart ache.
She doesn't come out much when everyone is home, and in fact hides extremely well. Not being able to find her one evening, I decided to check all of Daisy's old hiding places. Sure enough, there she was - under the computer rack. One evening I pulled in late after being away from the house for a couple of hours and saw the grey and white stray my wife feeds dart in front of my headlights as I pulled into our driveway. It was drizzling and I came in the house but couldn't find the cat. Anywhere. "OH NO!" Was that actually Sneakie I saw outside in the rain? I burst outside in the rain barefoot and shirtless, calling for the cat. I couldn't believe I'd already lost her, and I had no idea how I was going to explain this to the previous owner's kids. Despondent and upset, I came back inside and there she was in the foyer, just watching me. "Meow?"
She comes out more often now, when I'm reading to the children, when we sit for dinner. She pays the pug no attention whatsoever, and unlike drax0r's cat Azarel, who actively sought out Daisy to fight her, Sneakie and Mleko have chosen a path of non-violence toward each other. Its not going to be a problem.

Sure having a 3-year old cat in the house again is a handful (not as much as say, two newborn Bengals) but its nice to again hear the pitter-patter of little feet [in huge combat boots]. We're quickly becoming fast friends.

My son wants to name her, "Larry." WTF?


Nick Dangerous
nickdangerous at 2009-05-13 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
What a cutie-pie!
ehowton at 2009-05-13 15:31 (UTC) (Link)
She's a little more *ahem* vocal than Daisy, and she's not a Maine Coon; smaller - flatter face. But she is a sweetheart!
catttitude at 2009-05-13 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
A little more vocal? We need a mute button.
thesweetestnote at 2009-05-13 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
Too cute!!! :)

My cat and I are at odds once again. I thought I could get bitchy... sheesh - I heard her screwing with something in our downstairs bathroom. Upon investigation, she had shredded 3 rolls of toilet paper. I didn't have any time to react before she hissed at me then proceeded to attack my foot with Wolverine precision and run under the couch. It was a blur of 3 hues of gray.
ehowton at 2009-05-13 15:32 (UTC) (Link)
I thought you were working on that? Have you told her how you feel? How her actions make you feel? Do you sometimes think that she ignores everything you say? I understand, I do.
thesweetestnote at 2009-05-13 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
I only speak dog. It's somewhat of a challenge.

Here's a picture of the "Wolverine"
ehowton at 2009-05-29 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, that's kinda scary-looking.
catttitude at 2009-05-13 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
I found the new cat riding my Pug like a surf board this morning as she jumped from the sofa.
All before I had my coffee.
thesweetestnote at 2009-05-13 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
OMG the visual on that had me ROFL! A Pug is what I really want.
ehowton at 2009-05-14 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
Between the pug, and a rabid cat who wanted to take my life...I'd take the rabid cat.
thesweetestnote at 2009-05-14 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
explain your self mister! LOL
ehowton at 2009-05-29 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
Really? Because the next time you're in the area, you can have her. If'n you like, I'll make some YouTube videos of her as a selling point ;)
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-05-13 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
Kitteh! ♥

The one with her on her back with her paws in the air is too cute.
ehowton at 2009-05-13 17:37 (UTC) (Link)
Pictures supplied per your request ;)
catttitude at 2009-05-13 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
Like me, she likes a good belly rub. E is sooooo good at that.
thesweetestnote at 2009-05-14 14:10 (UTC) (Link)
E says... "Don't be tellin' me about belly rubs - I'm the belly fuckin' master. Shit yeah. I got my technique down man, I don't tickle or nothin'."
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-05-13 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, she's beautiful :)
ehowton at 2009-05-13 17:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I can't wait for her to settle in all proper.
catttitude at 2009-05-13 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
We need to get her a cat tree for indoors.
ehowton at 2009-05-13 20:51 (UTC) (Link)
Booya! With the hippo, transportation shant be an issue. I'd sure hate to try and put one of those in the Tib.
irulan_amy at 2009-05-13 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
She is so adorable. I'm glad she's warming up - slowly it sounds like, but still. :)
ehowton at 2009-05-13 20:52 (UTC) (Link)
She's soft and friendly. I'm just giving her her space. Trying not to spook her.
codekitten at 2009-05-14 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
here are the pics! woo!

i have to say i teared up reading this post...she really does look like daisy :)
ehowton at 2009-05-16 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
Its downright spooky at times.
photogoot at 2009-05-16 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
I beg of you please do not name her "cat". Thank you. That is all. ;-)
ehowton at 2009-05-16 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
I'll put yours down as a vote for "Larry."
ehowton at 2009-05-29 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
My paternal great-grandfather had an old gray cat he named, "Gray."
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