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Celebrating Daisy’s bonus time

Back when we were kids, my dad had an old time movie projector on which he would play family movies he had taken throughout the years. I remember the flicking sound of the 8mm film running through the reels, and watching the images flash on the screen. We kids loved to watch those old movies, most of them featuring our young family interacting with one another or being goofy in front of the camera.

Whenever dad wanted to get to a good part on the film, he would turn a knob on the projector and fast forward through the boring stuff.  I would watch as fleeting images appear quickly on the screen, just little wisps of family and memories flying by at a rapid pace, until dad would stop the projector, pause, and then turn the knob and let the movie run at regular speed again.

To me, time is a lot like that film in the old movie projector. Sometimes it runs at regular speed and you sit back and soak in every little moment. At other times, it seems to go whipping by in fast forward mode and you only get the chance to see fleeting moments of days gone by. But every once in a while, the film stops, and in that moment something changes and you are forced to take stock.

Six months ago, I heard the words insulinoma and cancer and Daisy, and the film stopped. I was forced to take stock, and to take action. I remember those early days and the agonizing decision-making involved. So much happened so fast and yet, so much slowed down too. There is nothing like hearing your dog has cancer to make stop and take notice of all that is around you.

Looking back now, I am amazed at how much time has gone by. In fact, it wasn’t even until today that I realized six months had already passed since Daisy’s surgery to remove her insulinoma. I guess the film in the projector sped up again somewhere along the way huh?

Back in February, I had so many doubts about whether I was doing the right thing by going forward with the surgery. Today, I am grateful for the extra six months with my girl. I am hoping there will be even more.

We’ve made good use of our extra time together.

In the past six months (what I now consider bonus time), Daisy has…

I'm watching you. #Daisy

Taken a vacation


Awoken to the sound of loons calling across the lake

Exploring the woods. #Daisy

Sniffed lots of new smells

Up at the Cabin

Gone hiking in the woods of central Minnesota

Daisy's good friend, Kellie #dogpark

Gotten extra lovin’ from her friends

Daisy Paws a Moment

Taken lots of extra walks in the woods

The 3 Muskateers

Hung out with family

Daisy takes a break at Scharr's Bluff in #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Hiked Scharr’s Bluff in Hastings, MN

A smiling Daisy- May 25, 2015

Enjoyed a perfect spring and summer in Minnesota

Happy girl went swimming. #mississippiriver #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Swam in the Mississippi River (Twice!)

Seriously. #Daisy

Enjoyed a lot of extra cuddle time

Daisy sleeps 6/30/15

And even more cuddle time


Bonded with the person who loves her most

Can I get six more please?

  1. August 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    If I had the power…I’d grant it. I’ll just hope and pray for it instead. 🙂

  2. August 12, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Daisy is so beautiful. May you have many more good months!

  3. August 13, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Love sweet Daisy girl and hope she has many more good months ahead!

  4. August 13, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Such a touching post. Daisy is a happy pup, great photos, and we wish her a lot more time but not always in fast forward.

  5. August 13, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Regardless of her time left, these are moments to be treasured. At sometime in the future, you will be calling on these memories and reliving the good times, so make every moment count and take comfort in the knowledge that while she is with you, she is having a blast!

  6. August 13, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    What blessings you’ve had since you made that very difficult decision to go ahead with the surgery for Daisy. I hope you have many more vacations, hikes, swims and cuddle times with Daisy and the family. More blessings to treasure.

  7. August 13, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    That is so awesome. I am so glad you have some bonus time with your precious Daisy.

  8. August 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    So sweet. Here’s to more than another 6 of pawsome memories to treasure like the past 6. ❤

  9. August 13, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Daisy is looking so well and happy and loved 🙂 It’s possibly because she is so loved that she is well and happy? Here’s hoping for many more years together, not months! Life has a way of racing away and also pulling the rug out from under us. It’s so important to treasure and appreciate the time we have with our loved ones, regardless of their species. And make and take lots of photos and memories!

  10. August 13, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    We sure hope you do get 6 more! What a wonderful full life she is having!

  11. August 15, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Our dogs are with us for such a short time and yet they bring us so much love and joy. Wishing you many more months with Daisy, it looks as though you are both making the most of every moment 🙂

  12. Diane Durkee
    May 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Hi. Your story is amazing. We took our 6 or so year old Scottish Terrier Haggis (rescued and adopted him so we don’t know exactly age) to our vet for routine checkup.and bloodwork. He was in perfect health, active as a puppy. His glucose came back at 55 and when repeated 55. He was totally asymptomatic. Still is. We did the CT Scan …. it showed a .6 cm node on his pancreas. We met with the surgeon. She has a lot of experience with this.  Given the enlarged node is likely secreting the excess insulin into Haggis’ body, this is, realistically, an insulinoma. Caught earlier than most? Yes. (It’s 0.6 cm) Highly metastatic? Yes.  So, rock and a hard place.  We normally wouldn’t hesitate to do surgery, but It seems that even if all the stars align perfectly,  were looking at maybe a year. This sounds like it’s very risky surgery due to the risk of postoperative pancreatitis.  We feel like we’re taking a boy who feels, looks, and acts perfectly well, and throwing away all this great time he’s having and subjecting him to pain, feeling lousy and the possibility of not recovering. All for what? A few extra months and then new insulinomas forming? I’d love to ask more questions if you’re up to it. Thank you!

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