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Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Gotcha Day Daisy

In summer 1997, we rescued our beautiful cat Daisy and her seven kittens from an alley behind our first apartment in Chicago. We first discovered them huddled under a car surrounded by kids trying to set them on fire. My husband chased the kids away and we were able to lure six of her kittens to the safety of our enclosed back porch.

We tried night after night to rescue Daisy and her final kitten, but they wouldn't budge. And then on July 3rd, just as the alley was starting to explode with illegal fireworks, we finally lured them into a carrier together. I still do not know how we managed this, but it was certainly the closest I’ve ever come to experiencing a miracle.

Daisy and her kittens were sick, starving and terrified. Although I grew up with cats and had two others at the time, I didn’t know the first thing about socializing semi-feral cats and kittens.  I went on instinct and again miraculously it worked. 


Treehouse Animal Foundation offered to admit the kittens once they were socialized and we decided to keep Daisy. To my surprise, a month later Daisy had four more kittens. I was young and naive and didn't even consider she might be pregnant when we rescued her. But on August 30th, my husband’s 30th birthday and the night Princess Diana died, Daisy had four more kittens. Thankfully, Treehouse agreed to admit the second litter as well. 

Sadly, we lost Daisy to cancer a few days after Christmas in 2008. I think of her all the time, but especially on July 3rd as the smoke and crackling of fireworks begin. 

Daisy was our sunshine – always happy, always purring, always patient and loving. Every day she seemed as grateful for food as she was the very first night we found her huddled under the car with her kittens all those years ago.

I know there are millions of Daisies – by some accounts 100 strays on average per city block in Chicago alone.  Maybe we can’t save them all, but please know that saving even JUST ONE MATTERS.

Happy Gotcha Day Daisy-Doo. We miss you and love you always.

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  1. Happy Gotcha Day dear Daisy...I wish all Daisies would find such a wonderful home like you did... and many thanks to your humans that they were there to rescue you and your kittens... what goes on in the head of such kids? How mean...
    easy rider

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  2. What a touching story. How brilliant that you managed to rescue the cats.

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  3. Happy Gotcha Day, angel Daisy. What a wonderful story♥

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  4. Awww, Mommy needs a tissue. Thanl you for saving Daisy and her babies. And you're right, saving one does matter!

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  5. Awww, Mommy needs a tissue. Thanl you for saving Daisy and her babies. And you're right, saving one does matter!

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  6. Awww, Mommy needs a tissue. Thanl you for saving Daisy and her babies. And you're right, saving one does matter!

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  7. What a wonderful story of love!!! Thank you for all you did for Daisy and all of her babies. Happy Gotcha Day, Daisy - we hope you have a grand party across that Bridge with all of our pals.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  8. What a sweet kitty. She will definitely never be forgotten!

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  9. Daisy was a beautiful girl. She had a rough start but OH my finding your home was the first day of the rest of her life of love and laughter. Hugs to Angel Pip and Daisy!!
    Madi and mom

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  10. Those are great memories and a beautiful story!

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  11. That is such a wonderful story and Happy Gotcha Day at the Bridge Angel Daisy.

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  12. Wow! We didn't know a cat could have more kittens so quickly after delivering one litter! How fortunate for Daisy that you found her and her kittens. It sounds as though she was aware of her great fortune every day she lived with you :) What a beautiful girl and we know she is lighting a star in the sky this weekend just for you Kristin :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  13. Oh sweet Daisy was such a beauty! And such a beautifully written tribute to her. It does sound like she was thankful for her rescue! It will be 10 years in August that I found my dear Bella, and i'm grateful every day for her purrs and rubs.

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  14. Happy gotcha day Daisy. RIP sweet kitty.
    What a sad story but you made sure Daisy and babies got their happy ever after

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  15. Happy Gotcha day!
    What a beautiful tribute :(

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  16. What a wonderful tribute to Daisy. We're so glad you didn't give up and caught her and her kitten. Happy Gotcha Day to Daisy!

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  17. That was a wonderful thing you did. No wonder Daisy was so special.

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  18. Daisy is well cared for and loved at the Bridge and she will see you in your dreams

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  19. A wonderful memory and a tip of the tail to two terrific pet parents

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  20. How fortunate for Daisy and her kittens you rescued them. And how fortunate for you too. She evidently left a lot of happy memories behind for you.

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  21. That's a wonderful story that tells me as much about your huge heart as it does about Daisy's sweet and loving personality. Thank you for sharing. Sending Happy Gotcha Day messages to the Bridge for Daisy!

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  22. What a gorgeous girl. Thank you so much for saving her.

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  23. Oh Daisy was a beautiful gurl!!! What a sweet story, I loves that! I am sendin' tons of Happy Gotcha Day wishes to Daisy over the Bridge, and lots of {{{{hugs}}}} to you!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  24. Oh Daisy! What a wonderful memory you left!

    Ruby and Otto

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  25. Happy Gotcha Day, Daisy! My dad passed away four years ago today so it's a sad day for me, but this post made me smile. Thank you for saving Daisy and all of those kittens. They surely would not have survived without you.

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  26. Happy Gotcha Day Daisy.

    The story is very heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I wish to adopt one feral cat too if I have a house of my own...so one day.

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  27. Hari Om
    Having been involved with stray/feral adoptions I know what you mean about making the difference. Caring makes a difference. Happy Gotcha Memories!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

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  28. WOW... i have chills reading this story... it is so beautiful... How lucky was Daisy and her family. I hate to think what could have been without your and your husbands love...

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  29. Happy (belated) Gotcha Day...and Happy 4th of July!

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  30. What a beautiful gotcha tale! Happy belated gotcha day, sweet Daisy!

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  31. Daisy was such a beauty! Happy Gotcha Day sweet girl.. she was so lucky to have you! Our Binx is a rehabilitated feral and just an amazing boy. Love these sweet kitties. Thank you for sharing Daisy's story with us. Happy Fourth!

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  32. What a great story. How lucky for Daisy and her babies that you rescued them. And how lucky for you to have had Daisy for the time that you did. Happy Gotcha Day.
    Sam

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  33. Happy Gotcha Day to Daisy!!

    Angel Sasha here, I just wanted to tell you that Angel Pip and I are having a blast, eating burgers and wally melon and getting into all kinds of mischief!!


    Loveys Angel Sasha

    Ziggy Out!!

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  34. iz it oh kay if we say daisy loves ewe all veree much N sends hugs bak...ten fold...N her iz all ways talkin bout how kewl her familee iz & will for ever bee ~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

    promise

    dude & sauce ♥♥♥

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