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Help Our Wonderful Dog, Daisy

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Meet our lovely 6 year old dog, Daisy.

Words cannot describe the joy she has brought to our family over the years. Daisy is the most loving dog you will ever meet. She is playful, energentic, cuddly, loving, caring .. basically everything you want in a dog. She feels like another member to our family. Daisy loves music. Being in a very musical family, she has always been around it, and never shies away when there are tunes playing in the basement. She is a loyal guard dog. She will always bark, no matter who is at the door, but once she makes eye contact with you, it's all love from her. There are SO many things we could say about Daisy. 

Over the last few days, Daisy had been acting very strange around the house (not moving around, limping, not eating, always tired and down). After a while, things started to get more serious - not being able to control her bladder, and worse, blood mixed in with her pee. Once we saw this, we took her into the vet right away.

A great local vet, refered to us by a friend, has informed us that Daisy has something currently in her body that is killing off her red blood cells (which carry oxygen), and therefore she is having trouble breathing. This would explain the tiredness, limping, not eating, etc). Our vet has informed that if we don't take her to a specialist for a blood transfusion within the next 24 hours, Daisy will most likely pass away.

As we always have been, we are a family that just makes it by, in terms of income. While we were able to afford to send her to the vet today, paying a specialist $1500 a day for a minimum of 3 days to get this sorted out is something we simply can not afford.

Updates will be provided as the days go along. If we feel like a blood transfusion is something we will be able to pay for, we are going to do it, as we simply love this dog way too much to just let her go.

If it were not such a dire situation, we would never reach out like this, but we are asking for your help.

If you feel any obligation to give, we would appreciate it .. from the bottom of our hearts. Even the littlest of donations make a difference.

Thank you so much, love the Stonehouse family.



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Update on Daisy (written by my dad, Christian):

It is with sad hearts that our family is having to say goodbye to our almost 7 year old Daisy today. After two blood transfusions, and the specialists pin-pointing an auto-immune problem, Daisy's body is not responding to the drugs. Her red blood cell count is falling considerably again, and is at the point where it was difficult for her to get oxygen. So we have had no option but to put her down. Thanks to all those that helped with the GoFund me campaign. I certainly don't feel it was a waste. She was no ordinary dog and we needed to give it a shot. Read below and you'll see why she was worth the effort...
Daisy was extremely intelligent. Over the course of many years she learned so many tricks.
• Shake a paw
• Hands up! Bang, play dead
• Dance
• Jump (She could jump so high for a dog her size)
• Roll Over
• Lay down
These were not difficult for her to learn. She was smart. I have a unique relationship with her. Friends that know us well have seen her play fighting with me with the most ferocious sounding growl and "love bite" that she absolutely tempered just for me. When we would play fight, she was smart enough to have a "gauge" for how hard she would play bite. With me, we would wrestle and scrap for up to 15 minutes, with her running and jumping at me with full speed. Sometimes, she would get really into it. My arm would have lots of red marks and small, teeth marks, but not blood. Before you rush to judgment,she never played like that with any other people. I trained her to JUST play like that with me. I loved it. It was as fun for me as it was for her. Even when the kids would try to get her going the way I would (I may have been on the road travelling or something) they couldn't get her to be that aggressive with them. She was too smart. She would play second hardest probably with Isaiah, then Brennan and Abby. Back to her being smart: She was amazingly aware that Jennifer was the most attentive family member and most nurturing of us all. When she was out of water or really needed something (food, or bathroom) she would come find Jenn and jump and motion with her head towards the kitchen area. It always blew me away that she went straight to the family nurturer and skipped the rest of us...lol.
She was the kind of dog who barked when it was necessary but not over the top as some small dogs do. Even when she had been let outside and wanted back in. She would let out a couple quite barks and then wait for you to come. She wouldn't second her effort unless 30 seconds had gone by and no one had responded. She was ok with baths and Abby was the best at always doing that for her and caring for her in that way. She would bark at anyone that came to the door, but then immediately wanted to be their friend for life once she knew they were safe. But there were times when she barked in the middle of the night very rarely to alert us of something. Just last month she woke me at 3 AM and when I went and looked out the window where she was looking, I saw large footprints in the snow running beside our house that were fresh, so someone had walked along beside our house late that night probably taking a shortcut or who knows.
She loved putting her head out the window of the moving car... we didn't let her do it often, and would always hold her. I figured it out that once the speed hit 60 km/hr her little stuffed up nose would hit its' limit and she would bring her head in.
She would swim at the lake with us. We have lots of memories on Saltspring Island and here in Calgary of Daisy swimming with us. Although she usually needed the "nudge" to get in, she was fine with it.
She loved hanging out in the home studio and loved the music. I know Darren had mentioned, when discussing the next album we are going to record together, that if we didn't record at my house, he asked "What about Daisy? Are you sure the other studio will let her hang out with us?" That's the kind of dog she was. She made friends for life.
Our close friends Brad and Elisa have taken her at different times when our family has gone away, and I know share the same sentiment and fondness for her as she just blends right in with their family too.
Daisy was the sweet cuddly kind too. When you would be sitting beside her and started petting her, she would roll over quite often and let you keep going on her belly. She would stay there up to 10 minutes sometimes. She was a true lap dog and loved Jenn's lap the most.
She loved chasing bunnies and cats if ever given the chance, but she didn't get that chance often as she was an inside dog mostly.
We could leave our front door open if we were moving something, or shipping an instrument, or had someone at the door, and when someone would ask "Will she run?" I could proudly say "nope, she won't." She would stay upon command and wouldn't take off.
There were times were she got used to hanging near the table during meals hoping for the odd dropping bit, or a small "toss" from a family member. And although some would shun this type of behaviour, she never ever whined for food while there. She would just hang close and look lovingly in hopes. If we had guests over and I felt she was overstaying her welcome or "pushing it" I would simply say "Daisy, go" and she would immediately leave. She was smart and listened well.
She would sleep in different places all the time. Most times near me in our room, sometimes the living room. Sometimes she would sleep with Isaiah, Brennan, or Abby depending on the mood she was in.
Many others have cared for Daisy and gotten to know her well. Our close friends Sarah and Alec Thomson and their kids, and dog Gromit know Daisy well too and have fond memories of our families playing together either at our houses or at St. Mary's Lake. They have just recently lost their Gromit, so we share in this grieving process together.
She was a loving 6th family member and I will miss her welcome bark at 12 AM coming home from late night hockey and the wagging tail that was uncontrollable. She was the daughter of Acaqua (Christina Clark's awesome dog) and I know that many of the other siblings of Daisy from other litters are also amazing dogs we've heard.
I really regret having her spade as I did that when she was just over a year old. I wish I would have continued her bloodline and regret that decision.
Unless you've had a pet like her, you might not ever know why someone would care this much about a dog. But our family has all shed the Bow River of tears this weekend so this hurts more than I would have thought.
Much love from all of us to you. xo
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UPDATE 2:
We have just received a morning update call from the specialist: Daisy has made it through the blood transfusion! So from that end, things are looking well. Her red blood cell count has stopped dropping, but it is still very low. She will most likely be needing to stay there a couple more days on medication to recover. They are still working to try and make sure there are no more major things causing this, so hopefully they don’t find any other problems. Seems like the odds of her making it through have gone up a little, but we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. Should have another update later today. Thank you everyone for all the donations and prayers!
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UPDATE:
Hello everyone, we have been absolutely OVERWHELMED by all the support, you don’t know how much this means to us❤️.
We have dropped Daisy off with the specialist, in downtown Calgary. They are giving her a blood transfusion tonight, and we can only hope for the best. She will likely be hospitalized for a couple days. The odds are about 60% that she will make it out okay, so we are hoping and praying for the best. They did say that smaller dogs typically are fighters, so we are praying Daisy has it in her to fight this one off! We got to say a quick goodbye, and she is currently doing very well.
We will provide another update come morning. Thank you again to everyone who has been sharing and supporting Daisy and the family - what a generous world we live in!
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