This is the story of the life of Annie.
It’s also the story of what happens when a chain of people care, and make the effort to do the right thing.
It started with Kimberly, who noticed a dirty, scrawny, sick looking cat. Kimberly worked for a year to gain the cat’s trust, which was remarkably difficult. She put food out for her daily, and kept trying. Kimberly and her husband Steve were finally able to catch the cat and take her to the vet.
The vet examined her and did tests:
The cat was:
- about 15 years old
- had thyroid cancer
- had infected teeth
Kimberly and Steve opted to have her treated, with the goal of finding a forever home. (Kimberly is allergic to cats, and they have large boisterous dogs. Not a good option for an elderly, deaf, recovering cat.)
The sick kitty was at the vet for a very long time. Kimberly and Steve paid for all of her treatment, which had to have been a massive vet bill.
Daisy received a mass email asking if someone could take a 15-year-old cat for the remaining weeks of her life. Daisy replied, and asked what the situation was. (Read: the cat had a permanent home as soon as Daisy hit the ‘send’ button.)
Daisy named her after ‘Little Orphan Annie’. The vet speculated that Annie had been cared for earlier in life, and was dumped when she began having health issues. Annie weighed 7 pounds when she left the vet’s office, was extremely shy, and almost instantly bonded to Daisy.
The cat who had weeks to live thrived under Daisy’s care. Instead of the steady decline the vet sketched out (as the likely scenario), her coat bloomed, she gained weight, and gradually began looking younger and younger.
Annie couldn’t stand for Daisy to be out of her sight, and followed her from room to room, no matter how exhausted she was. She slept on the bed, and would reach out a paw in the middle of the night to touch Daisy’s face: are you still there?
Daisy must have felt like a miracle to Annie: a person who loved her again.
Annie passed away a few weeks ago. She’d lived more than a year longer than predicted. She died plump, happy, loved, and bonded, instead of abandoned, uncared for, fearful, and uncertain.
Kimberly and Steve gave her the gift of a chance. Daisy gave her the gift of time, love, and healing. (On many levels.)