by Helen Hartel
Update: Daisy was adopted by a family with eight children, according to the County of Los Angeles – Agoura Animal Care Center. Great news!
Daisy wants nothing more than to have a family of her own to love. Her recent adopter believed they were ready to love again but quickly realized their hearts were still broken over the loss of their previous dog. After much consideration, the family decided to return Daisy because she was too much of a reminder of what they lost.
This story is heartbreaking for all concerned because Daisy is such a fine dog and had been at the shelter for a very long time. There is a silver lining to this story; however, as we learned much about Daisy and how she is in a home setting.
The person that returned Daisy wrote the following, heartfelt note that reveals Daisy’s true character:
“You have no idea how heartbroken I am right now. I am sick to my stomach. It feels like the day I lost Zoe.
Daisy is the best-behaved dog I have ever seen. She doesn’t show well at the shelter. She is a much better dog at home. I think all she needs is just a little love. I could see her improving hour by hour. She seemed nervous at first, but as she became more comfortable, she was curling up in my lap and putting her head on my thigh (like a cat would). She loved going in and out the back door.
My almost 3-year-old was taking her collar off, putting it back on, leading her around the house, covering her with blankets, sleeping with her….Daisy was a great sport. She never pulled away she just laid there and showed absolutely no sign of aggression or being annoyed.
My 9-year-old is scared of all dogs, even very small dogs. He wasn’t scared at all with Daisy. He was confident and loved walking her. I have never seen him that confident and strong around a dog before. He was always scared around Zoe, and Zoe was smaller than Daisy.
We took Daisy on a hike in the hills. She pulled at first but after about 10 minutes, she walked very well. My 6-year-old and 9-year-old were able to walk her.
She doesn’t beg at the table.
I took her to Petsmart on the way [back] to the shelter today. She ignored all the other dogs that were barking at her and trying to get close to her. She was more interested in the toy aisle. [Daisy should be an only pet in the household]
She was better than I expected. She was very low energy in the house and was medium-low outside. She loved playing with the tennis ball.
I will never be able to forget Daisy. She is a much better dog than you might realize. I think she just needs to be out of the shelter environment and I think she will start showing more affection. I think it does take her some time to warm up to people. People adopting will expect her to be affectionate during their visit. She is an affectionate dog. It just takes her some time.
We thought we were ready, but Daisy reminded my wife too much of Zoe. I just don’t think we’re going to try to adopt any mammals for the next few years. Please, take care of Daisy. She deserves the best. She is a very special girl.”
This note speaks for itself. For Daisy’s sake, please share this information. Help her find her forever home as quickly as possible. Our Velvet Hippo, our wonderful and often overlooked Daisy will be a loyal, loving member of a home with children of all ages.
To adopt Daisy, request A4930166.The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov.