After a rushed trip to the emergency vet, we found out on Mother's Day that Daisy had some sort of blood cancer attacking both her spleen and her heart. I was in such shock at the news, I didn't ask for specifics. What I did catch was that both organs were bleeding, her heart especially, which is why she was in pain and having trouble breathing. The doctor drained the fluid from around her heart and carried her back to my truck so I could take her home and we could say goodbye. We spoiled her the best we could and hardly left her alone for the next four days. But, by Thursday night, she had deteriorated and we had to make that horrific decision to let her go. We are all devastated, but, I think losing her will be hardest on Max.
Daisy has been an amazing dog. After I lost BG, I used to tell people that although I loved Max and Daisy, they'd only ever be a "dog" to me where BG was like my best friend and constant companion. Although BGer definitely holds a special place in my heart, I realize now how wrong I was about the other two and feel bad for saying that. Daisy was so easy to love, she ate up any attention you wanted to pay her and if you didn't have time for her, she was content to lay by your side. The only problems we ever had with her was when she was a pup and decided to chew up the door trim. We watched mom's dog Denali for a few days and he helped her finish the job since she wasn't tall enough. Afterwards, she showed him how she could open the front door if we didn't remember to lock it (the handle was a vertical latch rather than the typical round doorknob) and the two of them, along with BG, went and sat on the front porch until I got home. Wouldn't have been a big deal if it wasn't subzero temperatures!!! ;O) Other than those two instances and maybe some stolen food here and there, we never had any complaints.
When we brought Max home from the rescue group, I think it was Daisy that truly "rescued" him. He and Daisy were instant best friends and with her by his side, he had the comfort and support he needed to finally feel safe. Without her, I'm not sure he ever would have adjusted to living with us. From the first day forward, those two were never far apart and if one showed up without the other, we knew something was wrong.
When the kids came along, Daisy couldn't be better. Although she wasn't thrilled with them, she soon learned that they eventually started dropping snacks! ;O) I think they grew on her despite her initial resistance to them!!
When we broke the news about Daisy to Owen, his biggest concern was to make sure we had a picture to remember her by. Obviously, I've taken a few over the years, this isn't even all of them, just the ones I liked the best! But, we took a few more more before she got to feeling bad again. The weather's been amazing, so, she got to spend quite a few of her last hours in the sunshine which has always been her favorite pass time. We even sang a song, that's Max and Olivia singing along with her in the video! ;O)
Goodbye our beautiful fuzzy girl, we love you!