In mourning

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.

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

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 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, 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 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

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

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

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.

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

My last photos of Daisy were taken on July 12th as part of a photo shoot for the business

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12 responses to “In mourning

  1. Hi Kathleen, just wanted to send love & support from another dog lover. You words held much meaning for me, one of the understandings we have in adopting & loving any pet is that time that sadly comes, and the duty of love & compassion we owe when it does. The final act of love & thanks to a dear member of our hearts & family. My heart breaks for you as I’ve recently been through a similar thing. I am blessed by my other furry friends who have kept me going since… As it happens one of these is an English Pointer as Daisy is.. My girl is Ruby… And I do understand how much love Daisy will have shared with you are the English Pointer is a particularly special, gentle, fun & aristocratic dog. I can see Daisy has had an amazing life of love & adventure with you & it’s devastating for you heart now.. But she will always be beside you in those memories & moments you had together.
    Much love & care, Tamina & Ruby x

  2. Lovely photos from Daisy’s life. Thanks for sharing them. Thinking of you. Jan

  3. Whee are so very sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts at this sad time.

  4. Sorry to hear this, RIP Daisy. She looked like she led a very very happy life and you did everything you could to ensure her life was as long as possible.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this. Daisy looked like such a sweet and loving dog. I hope that you will be comforted by your happy memories of her in the days and months to come. Sincere condolences.

  6. Barbara Munro (John's wife)

    I was very sad to read this. You will feel her loss keenly but be comforted that Daisy gave you many happy hours of pleasure. It’s hard isn’t it to let go this faithful member of the family? Sending you sincere sympathy..

  7. Dear Daisy, she was such a special, dignified dog. She has been in my mind whenever I see the newsletter come in. The age she reached, and with a good quality of life too, is very much thanks to the dedicated care she received through her senior years. It’s hard that they have to go, but there is joy in knowing you did your best for her, were always her best most trusted friend, and that you listened to her when the time came.

  8. As Daisys breeder,I would like to thank Kathleen for the wonderful life she gave our special girl.Whenever I home a puppy or dog I just pray and trust that they will be with an owner whom will care and share with them for their lifetimes,which sadly are so much shorter than our own. Daisy sadly went through 3 homes before finding Kathleen and I think for both of them the term soulmate applied! I also truly believe that their souls will stay together forever even though Daisy has passed from her body. I also am feeling her loss,as I do with all the animals I have bought into this world and all I can say Kathleen,is THANKYOU so very much.

  9. I’m so sorry to learn of Daisy’s passing, Kathleen. You will miss her so much. Be kind to yourself at this time. Daisy was very lucky to have found you, and vice versa.
    Special thoughts from Annie Potts

  10. Ty and Daisy will be reunited in that big dog park where they play on forever the memories will bring tears and smiles

  11. I am so sorry for your lose Kathleen. Daisy was a very special doggie Rest in Peace Daisy xx

  12. So sorry Kathleen. Such a beautiful tribute to Daisy.

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