Wednesday, June 20, 2007

In Memoriam

The purpose of this post is twofold. I need to say goodbye to a canine family member, but also want to educate readers about what turned out to be a fatal problem.

Our daughter's older dog Daisy, (on the right) was euthanized tonight because of a tick-borne illness called Ehrlichia. Dog owners will want to search on this word or go to this link, which is very informative.

Daisy was 11 years old this past April. She was certainly not a young dog any more, but should have had a few good years left. I would not normally post about the loss of an animal other than my own, since it's a very personal thing. But if this can prevent one dog from suffering what Daisy went through or save one dog owner the heartbreak my daughter and son-in-law are enduring, then I'll gladly write it.

Needless to say our family is grieving, especially my daughter, since Daisy was her constant and only companion for 9 years, prior to adopting Shasta 2 years ago and being married last year. We fear for Shasta's health and safety, even though at this point she seems to be OK.

Daisy Mae our baby girl, at The Bridge you'll be healthy and feel like a puppy again. Kelly, Puff, Mia & Shadow and Gracie are all there, waiting to play with you.


At June 20, 2007 8:59 PM, Blogger William said...

We're sorry to learn about Daisy. This is very important information that you shared, though--there was even an article in tonight's paper about the increase of flea and tick illnesses we can expect in our area this year. Everybody needs to be alert.

William's mom.

At June 20, 2007 11:31 PM, Blogger caricature said...

So sorry about your loss - thanx for the information about that nasty disease!

At June 21, 2007 6:26 AM, Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

We are very sorry about Daisy. Thank you for sharing the information about ticks. That is a terrible disease they cause.

Riley, Tiki, & Kesey

At June 21, 2007 7:01 AM, Blogger Caesar and Princess said...

Aw... oh what a sad thing to lose Daisy at such a young age. We are 16!
9 is much to early.
She will really be missed. We are very sorry and sending prayers for healing.

Luv, P + C

At June 21, 2007 8:06 AM, Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

I am so sorry to hear this! Losing a pet is difficult, but losing a pet unexpectedly is tragic!

I will be sure to read up on this disease and pass the info on to dog-owners in my life. Thanks!

At June 21, 2007 8:08 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

I am very sorry to hear about Daisy. But you are doing a great service by providing this information. Maybe sweet Daisy can save another dog from the same fate.

My condolences to your family.

At June 21, 2007 8:49 AM, Anonymous Cheysuli said...

Thanks for the post guys. I'm sorry you had learn about it through Daisy. It's important to remind pet owners. In states where tick born diseases are high, many vets would catch this. However, in many states, tick born diseases are fairly uncommon and it's not the first thing they think--either in pets or humans. Such delays in diagnosis can cause suffering and even end lives.

At June 21, 2007 10:02 AM, Blogger Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

We're furry sorry to hear about poor Daisy. It's important for woofie moms and dads to get information about this disease. Bouncey had a big tick on his neck once but it did not make him sick.

Purrs and headbonks to Daisy's mom and dad.

At June 21, 2007 10:59 AM, Blogger PloverMommy said...

Just when I thought I was doing well today, I read this and start crying all over again. Everyone has been so incredibly supportive... Daisy was a special dog (as every dog owner will inevitably say), and was loved by many people. As my mom said, if even one dog can be saved, this post is worth it.

(Crew's Mom's Daughter, and Daisy's Mother)

At June 21, 2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We're so sorry to hear about Daisy's sudden passing. While at the vet the other day with Sadie they asked about ticks. Sadie had a bloody nose! Mom thawt it was odd but now she sees why. We'll keep your family in our prayers and hope Daisy's mom and dad's heart can heal in time.

At June 21, 2007 12:19 PM, Blogger HRH Yao-Lin said...

how dreadfully sad .

purrs and sympathy to you and yours

At June 21, 2007 12:55 PM, Blogger The Furry Kids said...

We're sorry to hear about Daisy. Our purrayers and thoughts are with all of you. Thank you for spreading the news. Momma hadn't heard about this disease before.

Titus, Tazo, & EG

At June 21, 2007 4:48 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Oh how awful! I am so sorry to hear about Daisy. Thanks for the education about this awful disease!

At June 21, 2007 6:24 PM, Blogger muffinmidi said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy. She was a big part of everyone's lives for
a very long time and I know it will take awhile for the loss to heal. Thanks for letting us know about the tick problem, though.

At June 21, 2007 6:36 PM, Blogger Derby said...

Oh wow, I missed this yesterday. I already had turned off the 'puter.

Purrs to you all on your loss.

At June 22, 2007 6:26 AM, Blogger Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are so sad for Daisy, and purring hard for your daughter and esp Shasta. I know how it feels to lose a companion, since my big sis angel kitty Missy was my only companion for the 3 years before she went to the Bridge.


At June 24, 2007 8:39 PM, Blogger KXBC said...

We are so sorry to hear about this. We hope grief will pass quickly and good memories of Daisy will remain.

Headbutts, kxbc gang


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