Those of you who have followed me for any time at all know I have a special sidekick, a companion, a pal, a fierce protector, a lover, a hunting and fishing partner, and a friend. Today I am not speaking of my Little Gal or H but of my Daisy, my Weimaraner.
Sweet Daisy and I clicked the very first time we met. H owned her first, and we were lucky enough to connect through him. It was no time at all before she was MY DOG. I would shoot a duck, and she would bring it back to me. Ha would shoot a duck, and she would bring it back to me. Haha! Maybe she was not the best at her job, but she sure took care of me!
I nearly lost her to a turned stomach the week after my Dad passed last spring. She knew I needed her then and made it through the surgery with flying colors. The vet complimented us on what wonderful shape she was in for her age. I’m pretty sure that’s due to our many adventures.
We had a lot of good times. Lots of hunting. Lots of hugs. Lots of hikes. Lots of camping trips. She was a chowhound by breed, and her belly constantly got her into trouble.
This Christmas was no different. Daisy mowed two mesh bags filled with gold foil-covered chocolate coins. The mesh bags held the foil in a ball and stopped up her stomach. She underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove the debris and clean up the stomach fluids that the vet had spilled into her body cavity. At almost 11 years old, it was just too much. She went into shock and passed away around 11:00 am December 27, 2012.
Rest in peace, sweet friend. You will be missed!
A video tribute to my old friend:
Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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