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