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(crossposted from greyhound-l)

 

It's only fitting I post of Daisy's passing to the greyhound-l, because it was through the list just over 7 years ago that she came into my life.

 

Someone who's name I wish I could remember posted that she was helping a friend (Bob O'Gorman) place some greyhounds because he had too many. One was a fawn named Daisy who was a fence jumper. I didn't think I'd want a jumper, but then I saw that she only jumped the fence to be with her dad. As long as he was on the same side of the fence as she was, she was fine. So, for the "price" of two bags of dog food, Daisy came into my life. She joined my first greyhound, a shy little girl named Vicky. I hoped another greyhound would help bring her out of her shell, and it worked.

 

Bob kept in touch over the years, and told me great stories about her. He was a stockbroker who raised a few greyhounds on the side. He had bred Daisy's mom, and raised the puppies at his house on Long Island. It was there that Daisy learned to jump - she'd steal the bones from her littermates one by one, jumping off his deck and then back up again. She never raced because when he took her to the training farm, she jumped the 6' chain link fence. He took her to a farm with 8' fences, she jumped that too. When he went back to his car to start looking for her, she was there waiting for him. He took her back home and just kept her as a pet. He used to help other trainers place their dogs, so I guess he wound up with too many and asked for help placing them. So that's how I wound up with her.

 

Daisy was everything a greyhound should be, a 40mph couch potato, a 75-lb lap dog and a best friend. Her coat was so soft, people would always comment on it. She loved to be pettted as a result. :-) She hogged my bed for 7 years - amazing how much room she could take up. She was generally quite healthy, although she did have occasional seizures. They were mild, and not very frequent so I opted not to give her medication for them. She wasn't the brightest dog around, and lived up to her Daisy Dukes nickname. She had beautiful eyes and was just a little cross-eyed. Beautiful just the same.

 

As I posted earlier, I'd been trying to get her cured of a UTI for almost a month now. It turned out not be a UTI, but in fact kidney disease and cancer. She had masses on both kidneys so surgery wasn't an option. Her liver numbers indicated that the liver might be affected as well. I opted to keep her at the internal medicine specialist for the past 3 days on IV fluids, antibiotics and anti-nausea drugs. Her kidney numbers improved somewhat and she did eat some baby food. But the cancer was also affecting her blood - everything from high PCV to low platelets. Today she started having some bleeding from her gums, and bruises were showing up on her skin. Even with all of this, I hoped to take her home for at least a little while. But then her previously weak hindquarters took a turn for the worse as well. She was barely able to stand on her own, and needed assistance with a sling to walk. The vet though she may have also had cancer in her spinal cord, or a tumor. Or who knows what else. The sum total of all this was I opted to help her to the bridge this evening, after spending a good last hour with her at the vets. She went so quickly the vet said she must have been barely hanging on.

 

The ironic thing is that back in January I learned that Bob O'Gorman passed away last year from a heart attack. So, Daisy will get to see her dad, although not in the manner I had hoped. And she joins her "brother" AJ who was taken way too early. She leaves behind her sister Vicky, who learned not be afraid of the world with Daisy at her side. And her new brother Jake, who she barely got to know but seems to want to take over the fine tradition of hogging my bed.

 

Extra hugs all around for all the pups tonight!

 

Anita Lauro

Sterling, VA

Vicky, Jake

Daisy, AJ (gone and will be missed so very much)

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That was a very sweet tribute, to an obviously much loved little girl. Run with the angels, Daisy :f_white

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So very sorry for your loss. Sounds like Daisy was a wonderful dog who touched the lives of many. f_yellow:grouphug

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Run free sweet Daisy...You will be missed. :f_white:f_white:f_white

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What a lovely tribute to your precious girl. Godspeed, Daisy. Run with the angels, and jump as many fences as you desire. :f_pink

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I'm very sorry to read of your loss :cry1:f_pink

 

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What a beautiful tribute! Run free sweet Daisy, now you can jump all the fences you want. Have fun seeing your daddy again and be sure to look in on your mommy and your brothers and sisters once in a while, they are all going to miss you so!!!!

 

Hugs!

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What a beautiful tribute! Run with the wind sweet Daisy and take care of my precious Howie for me. My prayers are with all who came in contact with her. :f_white:f_pink:f_white

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