(Toledo, OH) It is with sincere regret that I must inform readers of the passing of a truly unique dog, Daisy.
For those of you outside the Toledo area, or who never venture in the Westgate area, Daisy was a mainstay along busy Secor Road for many years. She sat, Sphinx-like, in front of Sweeper World, where her owner Dennis Gillen runs Toledo's best vacuum cleaner sales and service emporium.
"Daisy developed bad hips and a pinched nerve in her back," said Gillen. "We had to put her to sleep three weeks ago."
I posted a story about Daisy last year, and the response was so positive here and at Toledo Talk that I ran the post again several months later.
I stopped by Sweeper World today to get some vacuum cleaner bags (special deal if you purchase two packs) and chatted with Gillen about dogs. My good friend Hershey, a chocolate Labrador retriever, also suffered from severe hip problems and had to be put asleep this year.
Two grown men keeping tears in check over a couple of dogs; it never ceases to amaze me how pets can become such a part of a person's life.
Daisy, if you see my old friend up in Dog Heaven, tell him I said "Hello."
Gillen has a new friend who accompanies him to Sweeper World these days, a tan-colored chow named Lilly. Perhaps she will one day become as recognizable as the friendly black chow who was once known as the First Lady of Secor Road.