It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we lost our beloved Daisy. It seems like it was just yesterday I was taking her for a walk, chasing her around, rubbing her belly, and cuddling her. It also feels like that was a lifetime ago, because every day without her has been an eternity of loneliness.
Daisy was so loved by her family, and we will always miss her. We will never forget the joy she brought us with her smile and unpredictable silliness. She was truly the heart and soul of this family, and this video is in memory of that. It's a rather mundane video actually - nothing particularly cute or funny or crazy happens. But that was part of our reality. Just as often as she was the center of attention and doing goofy things, she was also just downstairs with the rest of the family while we watched TV, just relaxing. That was a part of our ordinary life together, too.
I miss both sides of her: the goofy, hyperactive attention-stealer, and the quiet, ever-contented sweetheart who was both a sister and a daughter to me, but who also, above all else, my best friend.
Today, Valentine's Day, is bittersweet. It marks 15 years since we welcomed Daisy into our family. That was probably the happiest day of my life. But it also marks three months since the worst day of my life - the day Daisy passed away. Due to several health complications, we made the painful decision to put Daisy to sleep. She was in a lot of pain and it was the kindest thing we could do for her. I still visit her grave almost every day, and I cherish the photos, videos, and memories I have of her. I will always miss and I will always love her. I am so grateful for the time we had together and that I was able to share her smiles and her silliness with the rest of the world. She was not only the cutest dog in the world, she was the greatest Valentine's Day present anyone could have ever gotten.
To honor her memory, I decided to share this home video shot by my father back in September of 1999 when Daisy was still a puppy. In the video, she plays with my sister and cousin, and you can see that she was just as adorable, silly, and energetic even then. That is how I will always remember her. I know that, wherever she is now, she's still being her silly, mischievous, lovable self.
Rest in Peace Daisy
January 1, 1999 - November 14, 2013