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Daisy’s Special Visitors – A Look Back


Sharon and Lynn with Rebel (Collie), Sasha, (Lab) and Lucy (Vizsla)

Sharon and Lynn with Rebel (Collie), Sasha, (Lab) and Lucy (Vizsla)

Today I am taking another look back to the early years when Daisy first came to live with me.  Daisy is a former puppy mill breeding dog who was estimated to be four years old at the time I adopted her. She was afraid of everyone and everything. She practically crawled on the ground the first few days she came to live with me. This is an old blog post from Daisy’s blog, “Daisy the Wonder Dog (and how she found her inner Lab).” It highlights the progress Daisy had made after I adopted her in 2007.

I hope it gives hope to those who have a damaged or unsocialized dog. Progress can be made. It takes time and patience and often happens in fits and starts – for every step forward, there are two steps back, but it is so rewarding when you start to take those steps forward.  The key is to never give up hope. You need a lot of patience and understanding. You also need learn to learn to celebrate the small successes.

This post is from July 13, 2010, about two and a half years after Daisy first came to live with me.

 

Over the past 2 1/2 years, Daisy and I (and now Jasper too) have made it almost a daily ritual to go to our favorite dog park. We used to have a nice little pack, humans and dogs alike, that hung out together, laughed together, walked together, and on occasion, ate brunch together. It was a wonderful group, and Daisy and I looked forward to getting up early and meeting up with our friends.

But last summer, our group was broken up when Sasha (Daisy’s friend) and Lynn and Sharon (her mom and dad) moved to Arizona to retire. Sasha’s parents were the glue that held our group together. Everyone knew that even if you couldn’t make it out to the dog park that day, Lynn and Sharon would be there. They made everyone WANT to come to the park.

Daisy adored Lynn and Sharon (especially Lynn!) and loved Sasha, Brutus, Henry Carl, Turbo, Prince and Princess, and Splash. These were her friends. The dogs who taught her how to be a dog. It really has not been the same since Lynn and Sharon left.

But this week, our old friends came back home to Minnesota for a visit. There was Lynn and Sharon and Sasha along with all our other old dog park friends! Everyone had made a special effort to come out to see them.

Daisy and Jasper seemed to recognize Sasha right away, but it was when Daisy went up to Lynn and Sharon that my heart swelled. She recognized them!

Right away they commented on how Daisy seemed more confident and happy (Daisy really has blossomed this year). She happily went to all her friends to say “Hi”.  All of them, dogs and humans, had been there at the beginning, when I first started bringing Aspen and Daisy to the dog park. They knew Daisy when she was a less confident little girl. Oh how she has changed!

It was great to reunite with everyone. Lynn, Sharon and Sasha have been here for a week (they leave on Thursday) and Daisy has been so happy. All her peeps are back together again!

But what really has been fun to watch is Daisy’s attachment to Lynn – even after all this time. As soon as he sits down on at the picnic table, she sidles up to him, sits down next to him, and looks up at him adoringly and smiles. Just like she used to do when we saw them every day. One of our newer dog park friends was there to witness it and she commented on how different Daisy was with him. She said you could just tell she really liked him. Oh yes, she does.

But, then again, Daisy has always adored him. From the very beginning, he was always so very gentle with her. I think she remembers that. How nice that she can experience his loving touch and gentle words once again.

Soon, Lynn, Sharon and Sasha will be gone again – off to Arizona, but for now this week has been a special one for both Daisy and I. Our friends are home.

Sasha

Sasha

Best friends - Daisy and Sasha

Best friends – Daisy and Sasha

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  1. July 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Is this the same Daisy that was reported missing some weeks ago….if so I am glad that she is home

    • Mel
      July 18, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Nope. No lost Daisy here. I hope the other Daisy was found though.

      • July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I am glad hope the other has found its way home too

      • Mel
        July 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Me too. Poor baby. I hate seeing a lost dog and a sad owner. I know just how it feels. 😦

  2. July 18, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Lucy the Vizsla looked very much like Penny did when she was young, Now Penny has lots of grey hair….LOL, the ol girl, but we still Love her!

    • Mel
      July 18, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      I love Vizslas no matter what age! If Penny looks like Lucy then she is a very sweet and pretty girl. Lucy is Jasper’s girlfriend. He gets giddy when he sees her. 🙂

  3. July 18, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    It is amazing and special to see a friendship that they have made on their own. They never forget their special friends.

    Lacy did this with a retired couple we met on our walks through the neighborhood.

    Ken and Marianne were the first strangers she allowed to touch her. Their Collie Kita is her best friend and she always stops to look for her when we pass their house and if they are home we stop for a visit.
    Ken in particular has been so patient and sweet with her. They have a special friendship that I believe has helped Lacy learn people are good and safe. I am grateful for their kindness to her.

    • Mel
      July 18, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      It sounds like you and Lacy have the same type of friendship as we did with Lynn and Sharon. We love them and miss them. I am glad you two still have Ken and Marianne and Kita. It warms your heart doesn’t it?

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