Celebrating Annie

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
  • deaf
  • 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.)

For Annie:

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26 thoughts on “Celebrating Annie

  1. Jenn

    Isn’t it amazing how much a little love can change things? We definitely need more people like Kimberley, Steve, and Daisy. Thanks for being there for Annie…and a big hug to all of you right now. It’s never easy to lose them now matter how long they’re in our lives. You did a good thing and Annie knows that.

    My bf is now a complete cat person and we adopted a 10 yr old after his owner dumped him at the shelter b/c he didn’t like her new baby she’d just had. We had 7 years with him before he passed away to, what we believe, was cancer. And Daisy, you totally did the right thing…3 weeks after we lost Buster, we adopted Joey – a very sick, needy stray who had been caught in an engine and had numerous issues. It’s not only a good thing to do, but I really think helped with the grieving by just knowing we were helping another kitty. Hugs again!

    Jenn

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  2. Daisy

    I will tell everyone that after Annies passing
    my house was too quiet. After a few weeks
    of thinking it over we now welcome Fuji into
    our home. Shes 17 and had been at the shelter since March. I wasnt sure I was ready but seemed like the right thing to do.

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    1. Liz Goldsmith

      I think that’s awesome. I wish that there were more people to rescue the older cats from the shelters (or the ones found outside). We’ve been home to a few shelter cats and abandoned cats over the years and they are always very loving and grateful.

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  3. jen

    She’s beautiful. This made me teary. Annie bears striking resemblance to my kitty, who was a rescue (along with his slightly deranged brother) from a hoarding situation. I don’t know who’s saved the other more, really…he’s gotten me through some tough times with his gray paw touching my cheek.

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  4. Laura

    We do need more Kimberlys, Steves and Daisys in this world, what a wonderful post and tribute to Annie. My husband and I have a 21 old year old cat, Emily. She too is deaf, doesn’t see to great, and the walk is wobbly at times. She’s kind of mean to everyone except for my husband, who she LOVES ( and she was my cat long before he came along) She eats like crazy ( including yelling at the hubby to feed her a snack in the middle of the night) She still smacks the dogs when she gets tired of being snuffled and sleeps the day away in my dirty laundry basket. She is the queen of the house and she knows it.

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  5. jenj

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. Bless you, Kimberly and Steve, for taking in Annie when she most needed it. And Daisy, for giving Annie a wonderful last year of life. I too rescued a sick kitty with only a little time left, and I think they know somehow and give so much during their time with us.

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  6. eventer79

    What a beautiful cat and what a beautiful story. I am a hopeless sucker for sad kitties (just ask the orange snoring beast with 1.5 ears and wonky hips at the foot of my bed) and I never understand why they bear the brunt of so much cruelty. Anyone who helps them should be immediately sainted and Kimberly did an incredible thing. Thank you so much, Daisy, for giving gorgeous Annie a happy heart, they are always so grateful! Cat stories make me sniffle….

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  7. Daisy

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Annie. She will always be missed by me. As sad as it was to lose her I’m happy she passed with me and not in a bush somewhere. xoxo

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  8. eleanoremacdonald

    Thank you, and Daisy, for this. 🙂 It made my morning. We had a wee old lady come to us a few years back – another skinny, dumped elder with a host of problems. We loved her, the cats loved her, the dog loved her and she gained weight and thrived for a few weeks more, cuddled in front of our woodstove with her adopted family. She died in my Paul’s arms of a sudden stroke one evening when i wasn’t home, much to his shock … but he said that she looked like a very happy little bubble as she left her body.
    grateful thanks to all of those in the world who care for the voiceless ones….
    thanks again for posting this!

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  9. Valorie

    The best kind of rescue is good for everyone involved. Kudos to Annie for taking a chance again. Kudos to Kimberly and Steve for opening their purses in what was for them a lost cause since they couldn’t keep her. Kudos to Daisy for opening her heart to Annie for whatever time was theirs to have. And, last but not least, kudos to you for sharing this story of love and caring so that we can spread it around among others who need to trust.

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