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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

 

This is just a short one. Appropriately.

I would like to report a miracle. Seems to me that is always worth doing.

As long time readers of my blog will know my old girl Daisy was a much abused puppy mill mom when we got her. 

She was full of tapeworms, had never had her feet outside a cage, never been fed from a bowl. For months she threw up every time we fed her. I remember the first time she stood on grass. Her eye sight is bad in one eye, maybe from a blow to her head the vet said.  She lost most of her teeth.

She is a wonderful little dog, though, absolutely the best. So loving so bonded to me. But she has her scars. She still starts at loud noises, and gets upset if a man raises his arms.

Daisy missed a lot in her life. 

She has never played with toys at all. Once my mom sent her some small stuffed animals. Daisy went frantic. She ran around possessed trying to hide them in the backyard. If she saw anyone looking to where she hid those stuffed animals she would move them to a new hiding spot. In Daisy's mind were these her long ago lost puppies?

Who will ever know.

Then, in her late middle age we got this cat. This crazy confident happy little cat. My son's dog ignores the cat, and Daisy has seemed bewildered by her. I have had my moments when I even wondered if adding a cat to this dog household was a mistake.

But the cat hasn't cared. For some reason she has decided she loves Daisy. She gets in the dog bed with her and purrs when Daisy walks by. She shimmies underneath Daisy's body and delicately grooms her legs.

And lately they have started to fool around, duck and dodge, nudge each other.  At first the cat was just being a nuisance but then Daisy started to respond. She has started to go looking for the cat for some gentle wrestling every now and then.

But tonight for the first time Daisy went and got a tiny ball and batted it to the cat. Who batted it back. For a good ten minutes they rolled that ball back and forth to each other.

Then I saw it. 

This crazy barn rescue little cat has given Daisy what no one else ever could.

The ability to play, to be the puppy she never was.

I don't know about you, but in these times, this small miracle meant a lot to me.

35 comments:

Moosiemoose said...

You usually make me laugh. Tonight it was a laugh and some tears. How precious are those two. What good souls they both are.

Alison said...

Thankyou for this lovely story

Unknown said...

This made me cry and smile. Thanks for sharing.

Taja said...

Awwwww! I love your Daisy! I've followed her evolution since she came into your lives. :-) And I am so glad she has a BFF! Have a feeling these two need one another.

Good job! Just part of the excellent service you provide to everyone in your sphere.

...Taja

BTW, temps are in the mid-seveties F. Not enough brain cells available to convert to Celsius at the moment. Valley of the Sun (greater Phoenix, AZ area). Cold front (by our standards) supposed to be arriving in a few days. Really not ready to face summer yet!

Annette said...

Such a wonderful story. We all need a friend to play with.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I wasn’t much of an animal person for years but bringing dogs into my life has really changed me, and daily I am grateful for the joy they bring me. This story was a fine example of that joy

BarbaraShowell said...

It wasn’t just the cat that gave Daisy the ability to relax and play. How sweet for her!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Crying with joy for all of you, especially Daisy.

knitsync said...

What a lovely heartwarming story. It brought a lump to my throat. It's always so wonderful to see animals bond from different species and it usually takes a human to form the bridge that allows it to happen. Wonderful for Daisy to get yet another 2nd chance.

Sarah Wale said...

Thank you for that beautiful story. A miracle indeed.

Summer Flies said...

How wonderful for Daisy and for you to see.

Brooke said...

Barbara, jeez, make my cry why don't you <3

Thank you for posting this.

Rtrittel said...

That is beautiful. Now I need to go and fix my mascara before I head off to work. Thanks for sharing the miracle@

Kelia said...

A lovely miracle. Thanks for sharing this as it shows there is always a possibility of better things.

Marie said...

Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing your miracle.

Deb said...

This is the best story. Love it!

Marcia Swanston said...

This is so sweet. You've made me cry. I'm so happy for both you and Daisy...and the cat! You are all lucky to have found each other.

Eve N said...

Thank you for sharing this not so tiny miracle. Our shelter babies reward us our care and patience always!

Anonymous said...

I love reading everything you post, but this - THIS - so many tears. What a beautiful story. Truly a miracle. I can just picture Daisy and kitty batting that ball to each other.

Mel said...

Awwww.

Liza said...

Wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing. Life provides so many beauties and possibilities when we notice them.

Laceflower said...

Glad I'm not the only one crying.

Sherry said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. Tears and joy all mixed together. I'm so happy for Daisy!!! And for you and and the cat who helped make this happen. It's going to be a good day.

Wendy Huss said...

I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing.

Nethwen said...

Okay, definitely crying at this. Such a wonderful gift to Daisy.

Kamchick said...

This is a lovely story, Barbara. You and Daisy are so lucky to have found each other....she will bring your great joy always and she will thrive under your care, even with her unfortunate past. She is loved and even has a cat friend.

Sandra Parker said...

I have read this post twice and have cried each time. Thank you so much for sharing the love...

Paula said...

Gosh we need to hear more stories like this. You brought tears to my eyes. Thanks

Helen Marshall said...


Thankyou! As Melbourne Australia faces another lockdown (which we hope will be very short, but who knows) good news is very welcome.

Anonymous said...

Sob. Whoever thought of getting Miss D a kitty is a genius.

ceci

Peggy A said...

My heart is melting. Thank you for this story, indeed a miracle that this poor abused dog has found love.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful story! It brought tears to my eyes. Amazing how healing animals can be, and even for another animal. Makes me miss my little budgie who has been gone for 4 years. It was so much fun to watch him play and even to watch the methodical, many times per day cleaning of his feathers.

Terry in Alberta. said...

Beautiful story. An elder dog and a kitten. A children's book in the making.

lsaspacey said...

Oh, I am so happy for Daisy! That is big news! Bless that cat.

Francesca said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you. For posting it, for adopting an abused animal, for giving her love and stability, and for giving her joy and play. Stories like this give me hope for humanity. You are a star.