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Magic-Carpet Cat: The Story of Daffodil

Updated on January 3, 2015

Meet Daffodil!

Meow, dear reader. My name is Daffodil, and I am a magic-carpet cat.

A magic-carpet cat is a feline chosen to be the animal guide to a human being who is often called an animal whisperer. We magic-carpet cats call our humans VSPs -- Very Special Persons. The role of a magic-carpet cat is to remain with their VSP constantly. We are the feline equivalent of guardian angels. My VSP certainly has one of those, but she has me as well.

As a magic-carpet cat, my job is to follow my VSP wherever she may be -- on a magic carpet, of course!

My VSP is named Joyce. Right now she is sitting at her computer. She thinks she is the one who is striking the computer keys, but I know better; it is I, Daffodil, her magic-carpet cat.

I must digress, dear reader. To fully understand my relationship with Joyce, you first need to hear my story.

It was a dark and stormy night -- please, no giggles, it really was -- when I found myself dazed, abandoned and shivering by the side of a country road. My eyes hurt, for they had sunken into my skull. I was starving and knew it. I heard a sound. I looked up and blinked away the cold rain as the headlights of a pick-up truck came into view.

The truck pulled off the road, stopping right in front of me. Later I was to learn that the driver saw the reflection of my eyes in his headlights. "Here, here, kitty," said the kindly man who stepped out of the truck. He picked me up and held me to his chest before setting me on the passenger seat.

I stayed with the kind man for a few days. But I knew things would not work out. Another cat was already living with the man, and this other kitty did not want me as her friend.

"Kitty, we need to find you a new home," the man said a few days later. Again I found myself in the passenger seat of his truck, my future uncertain. We drove for about an hour. Suddenly my ears started to twitch. My whiskers seemed to take on a life of their own. There was something -- something special in the air, and I could feel it! Smell it! Taste it!

I stretched my bony frame until my front paws rested on the dashboard. My tail twitched of its own accord. I peered over the windshield and saw a big, beautiful red barn. A wonderful place for mousing, I thought. I looked at the man. 'Turn here, turn here' my thoughts begged him! And he did.

We drove up a long driveway, and there on the front porch of a big, old farmhouse sat a kind-looking woman. She looked up from the book she was reading and our eyes met. She tilted her head to one side and smiled. I knew I had found my forever home!

How did my VSP come up with my name?

A Flowery Tradition

Joyce has long named her cats after flowers. I did not know Iris, in whose great tradition I follow as a magic-carpet cat. However, I knew Dandelion well. RIP, my fine orange-and-red tabby friend.

Here I am pictured resting up prior to one of our travels together. Befitting my name, I am lounging on a flowery comforter.

What are your favorite things to do with your VSP?

She's a travelin' Mann

Joyce and I travel the world together. I will show you photos of myself riding my magic carpet. Great fun!

This picture shows me a bit bleary-eyed after one of our trips abroad.

Play Time for Kitty!

Why should I chase my tail all night long when Joyce provides me with this fun cat toy!

A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits London
A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits London

A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits London

Joyce was VERY thrilled when she visited London, England. Joyce tells me she has been something called an "Anglophile" ever since she read David Copperfield as a child. I was happy to go to England as well -- I did not have to learn a new language. In this picture I am riding my magic carpet over the Houses of Parliament with the River Thames below. I hovered overhead as Joyce visited Winston Churchill's secret war rooms which are located beneath Parliament. I started to panic when I heard the sound of Nazi aircraft dropping bombs! I twirled around on my carpet but saw nothing. Then I realized I was hearing the realistic sound-effects provided by the Churchill museum. Whew!

Some cat fun. Daffodil loves this one.

Cats! - magic-carpet cat

These articles are more fun than the musical -- wink! wink!

A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits Paris
A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits Paris

A Magic-Carpet Cat Visits Paris

Joyce spent only one day of sightseeing in Paris, and I had to learn all those French words just for that? But as her magic-carpet cat, I was duty bound. Joyce delighted going to Notre Dame Cathedral to hear the mass said in French. Then she deliberately walked blocks away from the tourist district. I was getting a bit nervous. But I shouldn't have. Joyce is quite a card -- she had a great time ordering in French and pretending she understood everything said to her. I slipped away for just a moment, when a handsome French cat offered to share his demitasse of delicious cream.

The Writing of "Magic-Carpet Cat"

Hi, this is Joyce here. My furball of a calico cat has allowed me back to my keyboard -- finally.

I got the idea to write magic-carpet cat when I recently came across a photo my daughter had doctored about eight or nine years ago. She had just returned home from a trip to Germany. One day she found a photo online of Heidelberg. Just for kicks, she went to Microsoft Paint and concocted a photo of Daffodil on a magic carpet floating high above the medieval German city. It was hilarious. We were all engaging in LOL.

So when I recently saw that photo again, I knew what I had to do. I asked my daughter to find some public domain images online and give them the cheesy-but-cute Microsoft Paint treatment of Daffodil riding her magic carpet.

Since then I've been singing to Daffodil the song "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf. I've just changed the lyrics a bit.

"Come away with me, little cat, on a magic-carpet ride."

Special thanks to my daughter, Ursula Pfitzer, and to Daffodil, my magic-carpet cat. By the way, the photo here shows Daffodil flying over snowy Lapland in Finland. When Daffodil is not traveling with me, she rides with Ursula.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      What a beautiful story. Thank you for publishing this lens. Meow.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      What a cute cat! I have an orange tabby! He acts like a dog and human like LOL. He can never sleep without a pillow on his head.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens on Daffodil!! Harmony, the tabby, gives it two paws up!

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Daffodil is blessed, in life and also on Squidoo. ;-) Congrats on making the 50 Cats We Love MB.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 50 Cats We Love Monster Board

      Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Daffodil, I enjoyed reading about your adventures.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is my second visit to read of Daffodil and I have to say I love this concept for your page. Daffodil is blessed and so are you! :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a darling introduction to yourself AND Daffodil. Walker, Florida Feline sends his greetings!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Come to visit me in Canada, Daffodil. I think that Tommy would love to meet you.

      Angel blessed.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a nice cat.

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      WorldVisionary 5 years ago

      I just love cats - Daffodil sounds lovely! Thumbs up and an Angel blessing to you. Meow!

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Awwww, Daffodil sounds like a real sweetie.

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      Candlemakingsup 5 years ago

      We have a calico cat too...just love her to pieces!!! Great lens!!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      My rescued calico cat, Mali is the love of my life. I am glad to know that I am a VSP in the eyes of my cat. Thanks for sharing such an endearing lens.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      What a great story about your truly special cat!

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      Rick McBride 6 years ago from Dallas

      Great story. Specs, my crazy cat, is a rescue too. This lens resonated with me.

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      Momose 6 years ago

      Delightful! Wonderful story telling with an important message!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love reading stories of beloved pets, especially those who have been rescued. Actually, if truth be told, all my rescued pets have actually rescued me. :)

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      Great lens. What a cool cat:)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this cute story :)

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I love cats - and I am looking forward to the opportunity to become an Anglophile! My sister Carolyn has always been one and she has visited the country - now she is too ill to do so. I will at sometime carry on the tradition and learn to love the country too.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Aww, Daffodil is quite the lucky gal. So glad you Lensrolled Scarlett O'Hairy's lens. I tried, not sure if I did it right. Meow!!!!

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      @bossypants: Bossy, my VSP has been asleep at the wheel. Joyce just now found your comment. Nattie, between us critters, you need to tell me what lensrolling is all about!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Well Daffodil you certainly are a charming and beautiful cat. How wonderful you have such a good home. My cat Roxy would like you I'm sure.

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      bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

      They are always with us, aren't they? (Non-VSPs think we are only referring to the fur they leave on our clothes, but we know differently!) Loved then lens and am rolling it on over to Nattie's lens!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a fun read and what a special cat and VSP. Very enchanting. I have a lot of magic-carpet animals; 7 to be specific.

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      Charlesguimont 6 years ago

      This cat story is simply adorable !!! Great Lens ! Continue this good work, I want more !

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      frugalfurguy 6 years ago

      Only a temporary VSP, when I walk through neighborhoods every once in a while somebody's kitty will step off the porch and come get a good behind-the-ears scratching.

      Squidoo seems to work great for non-fiction. To me tags and creative writing don't mix too well. I'm sure someone out there has it down. Meanwhile I commend you on a very creative approach to a love of a cat and of travel and of learning Spanish. Happy travels!

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      Hahahahaha! This is absolutely adoreable! Love the magic carpet with her flying over London.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Daffodil has a great story. The picture of her flying over London is priceless! Great content and picture. congratulations on a very well done lens.

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      ToddleTees LM 6 years ago

      Daffodil, you've got a very interesting story to tell, and I'm glad you're sharing it with us here!

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Hi Daffodil! You are very blessed to have nice mom like yours. :)

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      karMALZEKE 6 years ago

      What a fun story. Daffodil is a beautiful cat.

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        Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

        Great story about a sweet kitty!

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        squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

        I love stories about cats, they're so much fun. These animals have such personalities! Wonderful lens :)

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        Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks for a delightful lens, love the idea of the magic carpet story, it is nice to see a different approach to creating a lens.

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        Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

        Lots of fun. Now my three adopted kittens want the magic carpet treatment. :-)

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        Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

        @Virginia Allain: I'm sure they all were, Virginia.

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        Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

        What fun! All those cats that shared my home over the years... now which ones were magic carpet cats, I wonder.

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        Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

        Lovely!

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        A good start Joyce. Keep it up and before you know it, you'll be a giant squid!