For those of you who are’t studiously following the Internet’s famous dogs, Daisy Dog is a pit bull rescue from California who runs a very active Twitter account. She and her owner, Nina, have been soulmates since the day they met in 2002 at the Riverside County Animal Shelter. Nina has lovingly chronicled Daisy’s ups and downs with adorable pup pictures that belong in a calendar or dog treat ad. Sadly, though, Daisy’s journey came to an end after sixteen happy years, so Nina posted the sweetest tribute to her bestie.
In a Tumblr post that shattered our hearts, Nina remembered how she and Daisy came to be.
“She wagged her tail at me and I just had to get her out of there,” Nina wrote. “But I never thought she would be my dog. She was only 2 ½ years old, and I was an old dog person. But she was my dog.”
It wasn’t always smooth sailing with Daisy.
“She used to not get along with dogs,” Nina told BuzzFeed. “It took eight years of doing behavior shaping on every walk until she was totally cool with dogs.”
And the poor pup had seizures— though she rocked some pretty cool goggles to protect herself.
“Daisy had focal seizures that were triggered by bright light,” Nina said. “So I bought her the Doggles and thought if they weren’t helpful or if she hated them, I was only out 15 bucks.”
But Daisy loved her ‘Doggles,’ and wore them everywhere with pride.
…Even if they didn’t always fit perfectly.
And, despite her challenges, she had a pretty great life.
She had over 2,000 Twitter followers, she ate pizza, and she was a proud Mets fan.
— DaisyJDog (@DaisyJDog) April 13, 2016
…Not that she was ever rewarded for her loyalty.
But, eventually, she got older and her health deteriorated.
“Her hind legs got weaker, her gait wobbly, even just standing, she would list to the side,” Nina wrote on Tumblr. “She wasn’t in any pain, but going for a walk became going for a stare. The seizures which were initially helped by her awesome sunglasses started getting worse.”
And she really began to struggle.
“Daisy has also been suffering from dementia,” Nina wrote. “The medication helped: she would stare off into space for a few moments a day, [and] get lost occasionally against a wall.”
So Nina and her husband, Will, recognized that Daisy didn’t have the quality of life she deserved, and they made the difficult decision to let Daisy go.
“While her physical needs were taken care of, mentally Daisy just wasn’t there,” Nina said. “She was anxious, she was confused, she was lost. She had no joy.”
But their goodbye to Daisy needed to reflect the impact she had on everyone who knew her.
Me and my mom pic.twitter.com/ZMSk8GPf
— DaisyJDog (@DaisyJDog) May 5, 2012
“Daisy was my dog. Then she was Will’s dog. Then she was the internet’s dog,” Nina wrote. “She was my heart. Today I chose to break it.” …So we’re ~tearing up~ big time, over here.
Daisy sent out this final tweet, so our “tearing up” has evolved to full on sobbing.
It’s time for me to go but don’t be sad. I’m gonna run fast again and play with every dog that ever was. Thank you for being my friend. ❤️
— DaisyJDog (@DaisyJDog) June 14, 2016
RIP Daisy. We bet you’re still rockin’ those goggles, wherever you are now. (h/t buzzfeed)