Daisy (DHA Tazzy)
Sky (DHA Duffy)
We wanted to let you know how well Daisy (ask Tazzy) is doing since she’s come to live with us. Our daughter was smitten by her when we went into our local Concord Pet Store in the Graylyn Shopping Center end of May 2014 where you had a special cat adoption that day. Sara gave a little attention to the adorable kittens but she went back and stayed with Tazzy the beautiful, serene white cat. Undeterred when she was told that Tazzy is 9yrs old, she insisted that I go home and convince dad that we should adopt her while she stayed with Tazzy. Fortunately, just a cell phone call home was enough to convince him. Tazzy was brought home, rechristened Daisy and she’s made a smooth transition into our family. She was initially wary of our old gentleman dog Sky (also a DE Humane alumni, aka Duffy, adopted back in March 2001) who gave her one curious sniff and accepted her. At first, Daisy would only stay in whatever room she was placed in, but she’s gotten her confidence and discovered the joys of free reign of the home, aided by Sky, the dear dog that he is, that he just lets her do whatever she wants, even deferring to her when she wants to sneak some of his food right in front of him.
I’ve had the pleasure of living with 3 previous cats and now with Daisy and I marvel how each one is a unique personality unto their own. Daisy is a quiet cat who emits a soft “meep” for her meow when she wants attention, especially for her meal. She’ll follow us and then just flops down in the middle of the room onto her side as she waits to see what we are up to. She loves to attack shoelaces, especially, when you’re in the process of tying them. She’ll keep us company on the sofa but despite her gorgeously soft fur she is not a standard lap cat, preferring instead to curl next to us (if it’s a cool evening, she’ll grant us the pleasure of climbing onto our lap, curiously it was my husband’s lap she first deemed worthy, much to my daughter’s and my dismay) and she loves to sleep at the foot of our bed or just window watch. She also has the curious habit of scooping water from the water bowl with one paw and drinking from it. She’ll do this over and over, it’s the funniest thing to see. If we ever catch it on video we’ll have to send it to you.
In summary, Daisy has been a perfect addition to our home whose easy going unoffensive behavior has even redeemed cats to my husband, (who after our last cat Cosmo, who was a charming but very bad boy, that had my husband vowing no more cats), now had quickly accepted and acknowledged how Daisy was a good pick (so for other families out there, don’t overlook those older cats or dogs, your perfect family pet may be among them!). Sara and I like to toy with adding yet another cat, but my worried husband warns we have harmony in the household, so don’t mess with it. I understand where he is coming from, but I don’t know, 3 is a good number, we might meet another special one out there who will also blend in nicely to our family. But for now, we’re a happy family.
Before I close, I have to reiterate how special we feel our dog Sky is. He has been the perfect dog for us. He had been easy to train and has the right energy level for us, (a daily walk suffices. And we don’t mind that he’s never been a play dog, not seeing the point of fetch.) He is a wonderful companion, he follows me around the house but yet, we give each other space. He is such a good dog that my husband would ponder who would give up such a dog (it was said that Sky was just left tied at Delaware Humane’s gate with no explanation. Thank you again to the foster family for taking him in until space was available at the shelter. We arrived the day he was acclimating to the shelter and I felt an instant connection to him even though he was shy and a bit aloof.) Although now at approximately 14yrs of age, his hearing and sight are not quite as good, he is still always quick to go for a walk, although that walk may not be as long as before, especially, in the summer heat, but the cooler weather reinvigorates him. He’s a pleasure to walk too, doesn’t chase after things, doesn’t bark at others, even other dogs. He also enjoys patroling our backyard and then laying in a sunny spot as the squirrels run by him (he must categorize them with cats, content to let them rule) He is a dear, sweet dog and a much loved member of our family.
A big thank you to your staff, volunteers and foster families for all that you do in giving these animals their proper opportunity to be matched with a forever home because we are grateful to be able to give that for both Sky and Daisy.
Kathy, Greg and Sara,
Sky and Daisy