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Monday, December 19, 2005

Crazy Daisy's past revisited
Originally posted: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 12:36 AM

Out of the blue Saturday morning, I got a very nice e-mail from our Daisy's first family, the one she had before I adopted her in 1997. Her mom shared some things with me about Daisy's past, such as the fact that she came from Iowa (What is a puppy mill?) and was a pet shop purchase. Considering all of Daisy's "issues," this came as no surprise. She also told me that one of Daisy's parents was named after a comic strip character, so that's why she picked the name "Daisy" from L'il Abner and Blondie. I had always wanted a dog named Daisy. Actually, we call her Daisy May or Daisy Maytag because she looks just like the basset in the Maytag washing machine commercials.

Daisy's former owner said that they were always so pleased that Daisy found the "Wright" home with us. I think there are very few people in their right minds who would have lasted this long with Daisy. She's one crazy hound dog, but we love her like crazy. What really got to me was when her mom told me that after I went to their home to meet Daisy that day all those years ago, she lay down in front of the door for hours hoping I would come back. "She fell in love with you immediately," Daisy's first mom said. I guess there is such a thing as love at first sight...for dogs, too. She's been my most challenging dog, but I'll always be glad that I brought her home to stay. The house would be awfully quiet without her around. Peaceful, perhaps, but way too quiet. If nothing else, she's provided lots of material for a dog writer.


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