Remembering Miss Daisy
Written by Katt Janson Merilo & Zeb Andrews
If you’ve come to the store, chances are that you noticed a beautiful dark haired lady sticking her head through the back curtain at least once. She was hard to miss. She probably wagged her tail when you noticed her, which would have prompted you to ask her name. That lovely lady was Daisy. Officially, she was Jake’s, but we’re a close knit bunch here, so Daisy was family for all of us. Daisy came to Jake a little broken; she was a dog that survived an early incident with a car to go on to a life as the much loved and unofficial mascot of a quirky camera store in St. Johns. Her work days involved sleeping, hanging out at the curtain hoping to make a new friend, and enjoying frequent petting. She was the easiest-going of easy-going dogs. In her younger days, friends of the store would stop by to give her a break from our work days by taking her to the park. Like all dogs, and despite only having three really good legs, she loved chasing many a thrown ball. Most of the time though, she was content lounging in the office area of our shop, waiting to make friends with a new customer or to get a petting a from the many friends who stopped by to see her. But time waits for no man, or dog. Daisy has been struggling these past months, leaving Jake with that decision that doesn’t get any easier no matter how far in advance you see it coming: when is the right time to say goodbye? We all said goodbye to Daisy yesterday and we will all miss her greatly. There really are no words to adequately express such a loss. We are thankful for all the years we had with her, all the loving looks she gave as you patted her head or scratched her stomach, and of course for all the photographs for which she patiently posed.