January 13

Guess what? Daphne has six teeth! She has four little chompers on top and two on the bottom. We brush Daphne's teeth each night before bed with one of those little rubber brushes that slides over your index finger. She giggles throughout the entire brushing.

Today, Daphne had a routine eye appointment with an opthamologist. Her eyes appear to be functioning normally with no issues (other than a mild case of anisocoria). Sometimes, her right pupil dilates slightly a little more than the left one. But, her vision should not be affected -- in fact, my pupils are slightly different sizes at times as well. Otherwise, our princess is a perfect little peach...

Our puppy dog of 10 1/2 years, Maggie, has been accepted into the Cairn Terrier Rescue Program and will be leaving us this Friday evening. While we are terribly sad to part with her, we believe this to be the right decision for our family. Maggie has become a "biter" or "devil dog" in her old age and has drawn blood with her forceful jaws on more than one occasion. Luckily, she has only bitten four adults and one child thus far.

A few weeks ago, she nipped at Daphne and we threw in the towel. As much as we love Mag-dog, our daughter's health and well-being are far more important. Keeping Maggie confined in a small, metal crate and constantly separated from Daphne is not a good life for a depressed, old dog or her family. So, she is going to a good foster home for dogs where she will live out the remainder of her life playfully.

The hardest part of it all is that the rescue program will legally sever all ownership ties to us -- so, she will be gone for good. We will NEVER see her again. Ever.

Farewell Maggie, please know that we will always love you!

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


Anonymous said...

You are doing what's best for your family. as much as I love Maggie, i love Daphne more. Love, Maggie's other Mom

Clay said...

You are certainly doing the right thing, but I'm sorry you guys have to go through this.

Anonymous said...

o i cud cry for u all. having to do this i know hurts...but daphne is first now.... maggie will understand she cant be nu1 any more and be happy i do hope. it is cruel to have to keep maggie separated u are right. u did the best thing..for maggie...this pic of her is so good.