After many years of lots of sweet moments, laughter and a good bit of calling her 'the fat dog' instead of Daisy, we woke one morning to find that she simply had died in her sleep. We did not know her age or even where she came from. She was tossed from a moving Jeep, many years ago. That day, so long ago, she was so fat that her little legs were shorter than her belly. We expected to be surprised with puppies, but instead, discovered that she would eat more than her weight in anything left at her disposal. After a solid diet and exercise plan, and vigilant protection of the 50 pound bags of dog food, Daisy became our beloved little girl. A fierce barker when anything happened on the farm, she was as good as any alarm system and constant in her devotion. This is the last photo that I made of her. Just after we got the quail late this past fall, I looked out the kitchen window to see this. Bittersweet... Rest in peace, sweet Daisy. You are missed.
Days before we lost Daisy, we lost Bailey as well. Ever a free spirit, she was hit by a car one afternoon. I think we all knew that is how it would end for her. Though she had a metal hip and a rod in one leg from a truck versus dog collision when she was less than a year old, her fondest desire in life, after being Elizabeth's dog, was to chase cars. Over the more than 11 years that she was ours, we'd tried everything. She was not a dog for confinement. Bailey came to us when Elizabeth made a trip to Petsmart, just weeks before starting college. Nothing would do, but I go back with her and see this amazing little pup who had stolen her heart. Bailey was personable and sweet and so, so smart. Her charming personality was known to all. She loved Elizabeth best of all and was never so happy as when the Jeep slowed up to turn in the yard... her girl was home. She was companion and protection, canine love in a special package. She rests by the river, where she loved to play.
It is lonely just now on the farm. They left so close together that it seemed suddenly quiet.
We're glad for all the days that we had them, for the memories and for the devoted affection that life with a dog brings.