Daisy-dog went to dog heaven this morning. I still can’t believe it even though I was the one who made the call. I feel so badly about making the call. She had a great morning: special wet dog food, a long walk and then a short off-leash run near the Merrimack River.
I adopted Daisy in 2007 through a German Shepherd rescue organization and brought her home to my condo in Granby from Castlerock in the middle of the night. Abbey came with me to make sure she liked her; she loved Daisy. Abbey and Daisy had the best dog-life, chasing wildlife all over the Colorado mountains. Daisy tried to chase a porcupine on one walk and that didn’t end well. I held her in my arms, under anesthesia, as the vet pulled out each quill.
When it was time to move to Tucson Daisy and Abbey drove south with me on the two-day journey. I’m sure neither of them liked Tucson much: it was so hot in the summer and all walks were on-leash. Abbey was put-down there and Daisy became an only-dog for about eight months. Daisy was bit by a rattlesnake one month after Winnie joined the family.
I think Daisy was happy being the only-dog but she came to love Winnie, and would oftentimes rest her head on Winnie just like she did with Abbey.
Then the great day came when we moved back to Colorado and the off-leash hikes started back up and everyone was happy. Long runs up the hill in Hot Sulphur Springs and running around Pole Creek Golf Course. So much fun.
Daisy started to have issues once we moved back to New Hampshire. She had some health and behavior issues that kept coming up. At 10-years-old, I was prepared for anything. The past two month, more health problems and she started looking different; she look sad. I felt like something was wrong. I had to entice her to eat most days but she did eat. She loved any kind of food that wasn’t dog food.
And now she is gone. I keep questioning my decision and wondering if I did the right thing. Ultimately I knew that she was going to keep going downhill with more vet visits, which she hated, and more soiling inside, which I know she hated.
I love you Daisy-girl and I was with you until the end. I’ll never, ever forget you. I’ll never forget our adventures across the country and in the woods. You are the best dog in the world.
She was the second love of my life after Abbey-dog. I miss you, girl. I’m so sad without you.