It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved Daisy on the 26th of July. As any dog lover will know, one of the hardest things about having a dog in your life is knowing that they do not live as long as we do and many of us will face the decision to let them pass in peace and without pain.
Daisy was 14 years, 17 days old. Although slowing down, she always showed in an interest in twice-daily walks until about a month ago, when one afternoon she looked up at me to say “I’ve been to the toilet, now I just want to go home and rest.” We have had more days like that – sporadically – until about the last week when once daily walks were enough for her. After her last acupuncture treatment on Wednesday afternoon, she was very happy and energetic – walking longer and at a quicker pace than the last few weeks.
That was to be our last walk together.
One of the things that is an owner’s responsibility and duty is to manage quality of life. In Daisy’s case, she had the look in her eye that many people describe – it told me “I’ve had enough.”
As part of my grieving process, and in tribute to my dear Daisy, here are a few photos of her life. We were together for 10 years and 7 months – and I wish I had them to do all over again.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
This is one of the first photos I took of Daisy, shortly after adopting her
Daisy ‘upgraded’ to a red collar and I love this photo because it gave a better perspective to her size and conformation
In 2004, Daisy allowed me to dress her in a Boston Red Sox sweatshirt to celebrate their World Series win
In April 2008, Daisy helped to pose in the garden to show off some new landscaping
In April 2008, we celebrated Daisy’s 8th birthday a wee bit in advance as part of launching Canine Catering
In February 2011, following our big earthquake, Daisy revealed that she was suffering from arthritis in her hips and spine. Swimming became a fortnightly activity from then on
Daisy loved food and treats; here she enjoys a Busy Bone whilst visiting with her Uncle Guy in 2012
On her 13th birthday, I took Daisy for an off-lead walk at The Groynes as a special treat
We celebrated our 10th anniversary together by taking a trip to Ruby Bay. Daisy was so happy during our 5 days there.
My last photos of Daisy were taken on July 12th as part of a photo shoot for the business