Tribute to Daisy

Published: May 29, 2012

I adopted Daisy on November 4, 2005.  She had been named Leah and I renamed her Daisy because it just seemed more fitting.  In the days since her passing I've had lots of time to reflect on the wonderful times we had together.  When she first came to me she was timid, unsure and easily frightened, but she soon became a confident, happy and often goofy little girl.  While no one really knew where she came from or what her history was it was clear she'd had a rough go--x rays revealed she was riddled with pellets and scars on her leg indicated a terrible accident.  Considering all that, she forged on with the love of life only a dog can in the moment, don't worry about the past.

In 2009 she was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but never slowed down thanks to great veterinary care.  It was in late September of 2011 that she was diagnosed with kidney disease.  I was told the prognosis was guarded but we started daily subcutaneous fluids at home.  She had a couple bumps in the road but seemed to be doing well.  As the months passed I watched her grow tired more easily on the walks she so loved and her  appetite waxed and waned.   We were blessed to have her with us for the holidays and the start of 2012 looked good.  She then began to become anemic and finally on the week of April 23 the anemia didn't seem to be responding to treatment and her kidney levels were becoming elevated again.  Intellectually I knew she had lived far longer than most dogs with chronic renal failure...almost 9 months, but there's never enough time.   I made the painful decision to end her fight on April 30, 2012.  She fell alseep peacefully as I whispered to her how much I loved her, and told her to rest now and join all our other animal friends over the bridge.Having had many dogs in my life, I have to say Daisy was special.  My family and I can't really put our finger on what exactly it was that made her so special.  She had such joy for life....really she found joy in everything.  Her three biggest loves were eating, napping and taking walks.  She would walk forever with her nose to the ground and her tail up high.  Most of all I think she loved her humans.  She felt most at ease when everyone was home and settled for the night in the family room when she could curl up beside me and sleep.  I am so sad that she is gone and I still find I look for her to greet me at the door and come running when the pantry opens, but someone said that grieving is a validation of a life lived and moving forward with our lives is validation of the love you shared.  So, on we go, but I know she watches over us and I know she is happy and healthy and doing all the things she loves most and that comforts me.  She will always be in my heart.

8 Responses

  1. What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived!

    • Teresa Carter

      Thank you. I know how much she changed my life and I can only hope I made her life happy. I hope she knew how much she was loved.

  2. Jeff Barr

    Thanks for posting your wonderful tribute to your Daisy. Please accept my condolances. Almost one year ago I lost my sweet Bernice. She, like your Daisy, struggled with kidney failure. She held on for almost three years. Finally at age fifteen her time to go to the bridge arrived. Bernice was not a Brew beagle, we adopted her as a puppy from a family member, Not a day goes by when I don’t think of her. She was my buddy and companion.

    • Teresa Carter

      Hi Jeff,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your girl Bernice. Three years with kidney disease is a long time but the loss is never easy no matter how much you try to prepare for it. Kidney disease is cruel. I wish you the best and thank you for your thoughts.

  3. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your wonderful little Daisy. It is always so hard to loose that special someone in your and your families life. Please accept my condolences and please remember that we will all be with our beloved children once again at the Rainbow Bridge.

    • Teresa Carter

      I do take comfort in knowing wherever she is she is not sick, but healthy and happy and doing all the beagle things she loved. She can run and eat treats and finally curl up in her tight little beagle ball and snooze.

  4. Desi Jordan

    I was so sorry to hear that you had lost Daisy. Thank you for sharing her story. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet and my heart goes out to you and your family. Please accept my condolences as you remember her with fondness and love.

    • Teresa Carter

      Hey Desi,
      Thanks for the thoughts. She would have liked your fur babies!

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