She has bladder cancer, which has reached the end stage. This afternoon we have an appointment at the vet, where we will have to say goodbye to her.
One of the hardest parts is that she has looked pretty normal on the outside, except when she goes to the bathroom (and then it's obvious how far her disease has progressed). I shot this video only two weeks ago:
We've been blessed to have her a lot longer than originally anticipated, though. She was diagnosed at in October 2012 (at 12 1/2 years old then), and we were told she would likely be with us for only 7-9 months.
Daisy is one of the smartest and most adorable dogs I've known...and, of course, I'm not biased at all! In her prime, she was an amazing Frisbee catcher. This photo from last summer shows her following Steve as he cleaned up the yard, while she carried her favorite toy:
We'll miss her dearly and mourn the loss of Daisy, but we feel fortunate to have known her and our memories will make us smile. I like this boy's reasoning about dogs (please click on the article to enlarge it):
I wish you warm thoughts, Inky friends, as you recall spending time with your own pet(s), whether they are with you now or have been part of your life in the past. Thank you for letting me tell you a little about ours.