Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Cat's entitled to expect, These evidences of respect

England has Maggie Smith. We had Daisy.

Rescued from the Chicago Humane Society in July of 1998, after Chloe had begged endlessly for a cat, she became part of our family and moved with us from Illinois to Georgia in 2003. 

Even so, she never lost her Chicago accent.

She endured the addition of a baby in 1999 and a parade of interloper cats, but she never lost her sense of feline entitlement, her, pardon my French, top-doggedness

She was the Gateway Cat, after all.
As President for Life of the Pussies for Peace, Daisy led the charge against the war in Iraq before dissing that war was cool. She always said she didn't want people to die for a lie, even though she didn't hold silly humans in high regard.

Writing under the pseudonym Maureen Dowd, she offered her unique take on current events and occasionally provided the catlike voice overs for several cartoons. Uncredited, of course. Because she was all about the art. 

Sophie, that brave, strong girl, was home alone with her when Daisy took her last breath. She called each of us to let us know that the Q was gone.

I thought it fitting that Daisy died on Edward Gorey's birthday because I can't think of his art without thinking of cats.

To Daisy, we raise a glass, or dip our paws in it.

To Daisy - 

Who liked the children best when they were sleeping, and....

Who never let us forget who was in charge.

Daisy Q. 1998 - 2013

Rest in peace, Daisy. We were better having known you, at least according to you.

(Title is a line from T.S. Eliot's The Ad-dressing of Cats)


  1. My deep condolences to the entire Golden clan and all who will miss Queen Daisy.

    1. I am with not.

      (And glad that the reply button is an option.)

  2. I'm sorry about the loss of your cat Daisy.

    "Even so, she never lost her Chicago accent." Just so.

    (It seems that everyone is losing a cat in the last 6 months or so.)

  3. beautiful cat, lucky to have had such a life

  4. My condolences on Daisy's passing. I'd send a link to the Rainbow Bridge, but I can't even glance at that without getting all weepy.

  5. What a lovely tribute to Daisy Lisa. Thinking of you. xoxo

  6. Poor Sophie, give her an extra hug.

  7. Sorry to hear about Daisy :( Tia sends a special purry hug xx

  8. RIP Daisy and hugs to you all.

  9. Sweet little Daisy, it's clear you were loved. Rest in peace.

  10. Oh no. I am so sorry to hear about Daisy's passing. Hugs to all of you.

  11. She was beautiful. I hope Sophie is okay.

  12. Gorgeous cat with a very blessed life. She'd be proud of this wonderful eulogy. *hugs*

  13. Thank you all so much. Sophie seems to be fine. I think having time to prepare for Daisy's death helped us all to cope a little bit better than if her death was a surprise.

  14. I'm sure she had a very happy life with the Goldens. Still, it hurts to lose her. I'm sorry for your loss.

  15. Oh, rest in your queenly peace, Daisy. What a wonderful eulogy this was, Lisa ---- I believe Daisy would be so proud. It's so hard to see them go.

  16. Beautiful tribute to Daisy, Lisa. She had a long and very happy life with you and your whole family. So sorry for your loss.

  17. I LOVE that she was a half-and-half tortie. Her face was adorable- I wish they lived forever, or at least until we humans take the dirt nap.

  18. She was clearly a devious beauty if there ever was one. RIP Daisy Q.

  19. So sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have so many good memories.

  20. What a wonderful tribute. No matter how long we have them, it's never long enough. It sounds like Daisy could not have had a better and more purposeful life. Love that she wrote under the name "Maureen Dowd." I've long suspected Maureen of being not quite human.

  21. I'm still amazed looking at these photos how much your Daisy resembled my Daisy (who is fighting her own health battles now.)


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