A Good Year with Daisy

“Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I’m half crazy all for the love of you.”

Daisy joined our family a year ago today.

After some months grieving our dog, Grace, Dennise and me had agreed that “sometime after the first of the year” would be a good time to look for a new one.

After twenty years, I should have known this literally meant January 2nd, as soon as the doors were open.

Dennise told Maria and me  she would trust our judgement, and that she’d love any dog we brought home. So, we headed down to the main SPCA shelter that afternoon.

Daisy, we were told, had been brought in with two siblings who have been found “by the side of the road.”

When we first saw her, she was incredibly shy, thin, and afraid. She cowered in one corner of the room, and it took twenty minutes of trust-building for her to let us sit near her, much less pet her.

Somehow, as shy as she was, we thought she was incredibly cute. There was something about her that said “she’s the one.”

Here’s the very first picture we took of her within minutes of first meeting her.

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You can almost sense the fear in this shot.

Even when we got her home that night, she really wouldn’t come to any of us. She spent most of that evening cowering under the dining room table.

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Within a few days, she had warmed up, at least to us. But, frankly, she spent months and months afraid of anyone besides us…other people, other dogs.

By Spring Break, she’d warmed up to a few of Maria’s friends. By late summer, she loved my parents. But she was still desperately afraid of other dogs. We’d take her to the dog park, and she’d cower under our legs, despite the fact that she’s a pretty big and stocky dog herself.

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Last week, we were at the lakehouse with our family. She’s grown to really love the lakehouse. As we do. Just about every day we were there, she got a chance to run around the yard with her “dog cousin,” Luke. And this is what it looked like…

In her entire first year, she’s never played with another dog like this. Needless to say, it made us really happy.

It’s taken a year to get to this point, but it’s been a good first-year with Daisy.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

One thought on “A Good Year with Daisy

  1. Love this post! Yes, shelter dogs can take a while to acclimate, but once they do, you belong to them for life! So glad Daisy found the perfect home for herself. Yes, you might think you picked her, but really, she took a look at you and decided to play hard to get, luring you in all the way.

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