Daisy's Story by Joe Deland

I adopted Daisy from her back in 2008. I live in Colorado and found Daisy on the internet and Judy worked with me and let me adopt her. I drove 8 hours each way to get her. Daisy is the most amazing dog I have ever owned or met. She is such a sweetheart and everyone who meets her falls in love with her. I truly think dogs know when they were adopted and Daisy especially. I still remember when Judy let her out of her cage at the shelter, she almost jumped over me she was so excited. When I adopted Daisy I was just a young single guy who wanted a sidekick and I got so much more. We learn so much from our dogs and Daisy taught me a lot about myself. She helped me open my heart and since I adopted her I have gotten married and have a 3 year old daughter. Daisy is amazing with my daughter. She is truly the most amazing family dog anyone could ask for. But

About 2 months ago Daisy wasn't feeling so good. I took her in to get a check up and her blood test was irregular. They found a mass in her spleen and they suspected it was cancer. We went ahead and had surgery to remove her spleen. Daisy did great with the surgery but during recovery she started to take a downturn. I rushed her in and she was given a blood transfusion. For some reason she was destroying her blood cells. Daisy made a great recovery after the transfusion but then she started to dip again. Then the diagnosis nobody wanted, she was diagnosed with cancer in her bone marrow. Unfortunately treatment was nearly impossible given how critical she was. It was the most difficult night of our lives but Daisy lost her battle with cancer. She fought so hard to stay with us, by the end there wasn't a limb that haven't been poked by a needle and shaved. I am so proud of how hard she fought and I could tell the whole time she was fighting for us but she was tired. Our house is so empty without Daisy and there is a hole in my heart.

I was just reminiscing about Daisy and I found my old emails with Judy and I wanted to thank her. I wanted to thank her from the bottom of my heart for letting me adopt Daisy. I wanted to let her know that I tried my best to fulfill my promise to her and give Daisy a loving home. I wanted to let her know that I did everything I could to save my little girl and spent every dime I had to give her more time and Daisy fought until she had nothing left. I know you guys have a difficult job and I wanted to make sure you know that what you do changes lives. Daisy was one of the best things to ever happen to me and all because Judy returned my email and gave me a chance. So please tell her thank you for me and pass this along. I have included some pictures of Daisy's life, I don't know if I will ever find a dog like Daisy again but I am so thankful for the time we had with her.

Daisy and Joe
Daisy and Joe

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