On October 18th our collie girl Daphne passed away. Earlier this summer Daphne had been diagnosed with cancer, it was a highly aggressive type sarcoma. They removed a tumor from her, and regretfully could not get all of it removed. It was too extensive. We knew it would in all probability return to haunt her, and there was nothing further that could be done for her medically.
She had a few weeks of returned energy and happiness. Last weekend she became lethargic, looked at us with pleading eyes, and we knew her fight was over. Our friends at our vet clinic helped her release from this life. Our vet, Jeff, came in on his day off to assist and to give her a kiss goodbye.
We adopted Daphne from MWCR three summers ago.She came from a rather wretched and loveless residence (I can’t in good conscience call it a home). For the first time she had a warm home to live and sleep in, had love from not only Arnie and I and extended family, she was loved by Reilley and Tristan as well.
It always amazes me what a big, dark and empty hole they leave in our lives when they pass on. Daphne always knew what time I came home from work. If she happened to be outside at the time she would lay in wait on the driveway at the top of the hill by the house. When she would see me pull through the gates, she would jump up and run down the driveway to meet me, wearing a grin and her tail wagging in a circle like an airplane propeller. If she was in the house when I came home she would wait inside, watching out the door and barking with delight. Tristan and Jackson would join her, and I would see all three joyful faces, before Arnie let them out to surround me for the happy reunion.
Daphne was always the cheerleader when Jackson and Tristan would have their wrestling matches. She also watched over Jackson to make sure Tristan would not be too rough. Jackson was her baby. She also watched over our home and the neighborhood. She always announced anyone driving up our neighbors driveway. She also felt it her sacred duty to tell off any garbage truck, UPS truck or school bus that came anywhere near the property.
Our closest neighbors are a housing development 1/4 of a mile away. There is a black lab living in one of the homes. Even though she can barely see him and has never met him, she felt it her duty to hurl insults at him whenever he had the nerve to be out in his own yard. She also took issue with any UPS truck who happened to trespass into that development.
She had this cute, quirky personality, and loved us every day she was with us. We are all trying to adjust our lives to our loss, it”s been hard on Tristan and Jackson. When her remains are returned she will be buried in her final resting place by the fish ponds at the edge of our woods where Zach, Rosie, Austin, Reilley and others have proceeded her. I know they were waiting in anticipation for her at The Rainbow Bridge I know they will love and care for her.
This photo is the most recent picture of her. Our vet Jeff and his staff took on one of her medical visits after her surgery. This photo was for their Facebook page. Daphne is on the far left, Jackson in the middle, and Tristan on the far right.
Rest in Peace beautiful girl, with love forever – Arnie, Kitty, Tristan & Jackson