I found Daisy at a shelter and instantly fell in love with that face and that smile. She joined a family in need of happiness and laughter. My father had died a few months before. My mother had, years before, suffered a debilitating stroke, and I was her full-time caregiver. Daisy, a medium sized dog, filled the house to overflowing with joy. She even smiled when she was asleep. She quickly learned how gentle she needed to be with my mother and she taught me how to see the beauty in the world she loved to explore. Her favorite things were going for walks, going for rides and belly rubs, and chicken and pizza crusts. There was nothing better than spoiling Daisy with her favorite things. She was beautiful and smart and funny, and very healthy. That’s why, when she unexpectedly died in September 2016 due to complications after a simple surgery, we were beyond devastated. Through the wonderful work of an emergency veterinarian and ViaGen, Daisy’s cells are preserved. Maybe one day we’ll have Daisy’s sister, but Daisy was a unique, heaven-sent dog who made our time with her the best days of our lives.