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For the Love of Daisy

From adoption to amputation – Daisy's story

Life After Adoption

Filed under: Uncategorized — Daisy at 7:18 am on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Keeping watch in the front yard.

So that’s how Daisy came to her forever home and we began the process of getting to know each other. We discovered that Daisy liked to be fed little treats from the table, and just in case I didn’t notice that she was there patiently waiting, she would gently but firmly place her paw on my thigh as if to say, “Hey, I’m here too!” She’s such a good girl, though, that she would lie down if told.

I want some of that!

Daisy soon discovered that she didn’t have to go for a walk just to do her “business”—that we had a whole fenced-in yard for her roaming pleasure. We in turn discovered that Daisy was used to sleeping in the bedroom with her people and, unlike Molly, didn’t snore!

Snoozing

Daisy then discovered that we are only 2 miles from the local dog park and that we could go there often so she could socialize. And then came the biggest surprise discovery of all for Daisy—that we have a cabin on the water! There we saw further examples of what a playful girl she is!

Look what I found!

She couldn’t get enough of fetching the ball, which is very fun for us because Molly was never very playful and certainly had no interest in going after a stupid ball!

Getting ready to put the ball onto the dock for me to pick up and throw.

Mission accomplished!

Other than our planned-before-we-got-her two-week trip to Hawaii in late December 2008 to celebrate my husband’s retirement, things sailed along very smoothly.

Ears "sailing" as she barks for the next throw.

Even though I had a live-in person, including my son part of the time, to take care of Daisy and the other pets while we were gone, Daisy did get pretty stressed, and sometimes I feel a little guilty that I deserted her so soon after adoption. After all, she had been with her original family for 10+ years before they gave her up, and then 3+ months after I adopt her, I leave. I sometimes wonder if that stress contributed to her cancer. But what could I do? As I said, this trip was planned way before Daisy entered our lives.

Beginning in the summer of 2009 I would occasionally notice a slight limp after she had played ball for a long time, but I, as others have, chalked it up to arthritis or age or a slight sprain. The diagnosis of osteosarcoma came the first week of December. After doing some research online, I opted not to go the chemo route for various reasons. I also opted not to amputate, primarily because of her age; that decision seemed right at the time, and I still believe it was for reasons I’ll explain shortly. Instead, I followed the recommendations for diet and supplements found in Dr. Demian Dressler’s e-book. I am also blessed to have a wonderful veterinarian (Dr. Fred Pomeroy, St. Paul, Minnesota), who has developed his own form of kinesiology, uses EFT and, additionally, is a naturopathic physician. Dr. Pomeroy started seeing Daisy every three weeks to see how she was responding to her supplements and what new supplements she might need. I believe this treatment cleaned out Daisy’s system of any toxic metals and minerals and boosted her immune system so she was in a better position to undergo amputation at age 12. Along the way I had a shamanic practitioner named Mary Stoffel (http://humanimal.com/) journey for Daisy for purposes of healing. Daisy also made regular visits to Dr. Heather Douglas at Douglas Animal Hospital (http://douglasanimalhospital.com/) for acupuncture treatments. When the tumor on her left forearm wrist grew to nearly baseball-size,

Enjoying her birthday bone - 5/11/10

and when the pain meds were no longer taking care of the pain, I had to make a decision that most of you reading this blog have had to make at one time or another: euthanize or amputate. My gut feeling was to amputate—even though previously I had decided not to. Daisy’s health seemed so good and she had such a strong will to live that I reconsidered my original decision. Then I did something that many of you will think strange, but it is a part of my belief system and, in the interest of being totally real, I want to share it with you: I had someone from my church who does “pet readings”  (http://brotherwolfandfriends.com/) come to my house and converse with Daisy to get a sense of where she was at. (She doesn’t have to visit the pet to do readings, but she lived nearby and wanted to meet Daisy.) In short, Daisy wanted the “thing” gone, didn’t feel at all old and disliked the term, and was willing to undergo the operation and subsequent “tripawdness”. She didn’t feel it was her time to go.

That was on May 17, 2010. I prayed about it that day and made the decision to amputate. On May 18 an x-ray was taken of her lungs just to be sure they were clear. On May 19, her limb was amputated. Some people were praying for Daisy around the clock while others were sending her distant healing energy. The day after surgery, Dr. Pomeroy found her standing up in her recovery space. He carried her outside to do her “business,” but she didn’t go—she saved it until she got home (just like some people I know)! After he carried her back inside, she took off running/hopping down the corridor—rather scared him and the staff that she might fall. She was definitely ready to come home, which she did just a couple hours later. To be continued . . .


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7 Comments »

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   etgayle

June 10, 2010 @ 7:48 am   

what great pictures, that daisy is such a delight. glad to hear she is doing so well!! i agree that positive energy (prayer, etc.) is a true healer, so i don’t see any of your process as being strange. can’t wait for ‘further adventures of daisy’….

charon & gayle

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   maggie

June 10, 2010 @ 2:52 pm   

Great blog. I, too, don’t see any of your process as being strange either 😉 I have done animal communication on my dogs quite a number of times…. I never called when Maggie needed to be amputated, however. Never even thought of it…

Looking forward to more great pictures and stories of Daisy!

Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

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   admin

June 10, 2010 @ 3:13 pm   

Beautiful post, and photos! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you might like Jerry’s Shaman Journey video.

And, your readers might be interested in a link to our review of Dr. Dressler’s e-book. We also found it to be an excellent guide for canine cancer care!

20

   Daisy

June 10, 2010 @ 4:27 pm   

I love that Shaman Journey video! I, too, hired a local shamanic practitioner who journeyed for Daisy in March 2010 for purposes of healing.

21

   Carmen (Catie's Mom)

June 10, 2010 @ 6:01 pm   

Daisy’s a beautiful girl!

Thank you for sharing her story!

22

   anyemery

June 11, 2010 @ 5:42 pm   

We loved reading Daisy’s story, and can’t wait for the next installment! 🙂 And none of your process sounds strange to us – we all do what we need to do, and your process sounds good.

Sending hugs!

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   Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)

June 11, 2010 @ 8:44 pm   

What a great story and thanks for sharing some very personal things….I know this sounds crazy but I listen to the Animal Intuition – Sonja Fitzpatrick on Sirrius radio every once in awhile (pet psychic). It’s so comforting to know what your dog might be feeling and thinking. So I’m with you on this. And I do believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking…I think that’s what got me through my own crisis with Mackenzie. So glad to hear that Daisy is doing well. Looking forward to hearing about more Daisy adventures!

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