Good Bye Dear Daisy

 Last night we lost our dear old Daisy Dog.  After eating her dinner she got twisted gut and we had to put her down.  It leaves a hole in our heart.  We will miss her greatly.

She was my first baby.

She taught Max and I so much about parenting.  One of the best words of advice I got was from Max's uncle who said something along the lines of, "Don't have any kids until you have raised a dog. If you have a well behaved dog then you are ready for kids."  
She destroyed a love seat couch as a puppy because she was mad we left her.  She taught us responsibility, discipline and the rewards of love.
She has been a fixture in all of the events of our life.
She was in our wedding.
She survived our rowdy college days.
She has out lasted Boomer, Chopper and Maggie.

She lived through the births of Hailey, Karlie, Kaitlin and Hank where she was bumped a little further down the totem pole each time.  However, she never once snarled or growled as the intruders crawled on her, poked her eyes, or pulled her ears.  She just kept on being good old Daisy Dog.
Someone to snuggle.
Someone to play in the snow with.
Someone to eat the dropped food and lick their face clean.
Someone to play dress-up with.
She was such a major part our of our lives.  She endured 7 moves, 4 kids and three states.  We will not think back on these times without thoughts of her intertwined throughout them.  She was always there to love on and snuggle in good times and bad.  Daisy and our baby years will always be bonded in time.  
She had a really good last two months.  Forever the faithful and loving best friend.  Despite her arthritis she hobbled back to our bedroom each night to sleep near her master.  She use to sleep under the sheets at Max's feet as a puppy.  Then the babies came and she got booted to the floor but she always waited for us to go to bed and followed us out in the morning.  She eagerly greeted Max and the kids when they came home.  She loved us the way only a dog can, unconditionally.  Our grey ghost is running again with her three amigos and waiting for the day her master comes home for good.  We love you old girl.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Katie, your post makes me cry for the dear old girl. She stayed with us many times and always slept in our room too. Many loving memories of a great dog!
Mom

Lacey said...

You are making me tear up too!! I am so sorry!! What a great dog Daisy was and I know you will always remember all the great memories. I know you feel lucky to have had her in your family, but she was just as lucky. Hugs to your family as you mourn the loss of your baby girl. XOXOXOXO

Courtney said...

The first born, what a sweet old girl. The love for that "pre-child" dog will never be forgotten. I am so happy she gave you so many wonderful years and that she had such a full and happy life. I am sure she is in heaven ripping up another couch. ;)
I'm thinking of you all.
XOXO!

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