Not too long ago, Daisy the dog’s family members were worried that she would never adjust to eating and drinking in the high chair which she greatly requires – due to a health condition she was diagnosed with.
Daisy’s high chair was specially shaped for the dog and was built by her very skilled human father and brother, named Doug and Brian Jones respectively. It had been dearly “made with love,” as Grace Jones, Daisy’s human mother, proudly states.
But the Joneses did not know how Daisy would react or get used to her new assistance chair, no matter how lovingly crafted it was. As it would turn out, they had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Last summer, Daisy, who became a 10-year-old canine back in July, began having a series of respiratory problems. She was unfortunately diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, which was an autoimmune disease that led to megaesophagus. It was a condition which causes the poor dog to require a Bailey chair.
Daisy’s esophagus was found to be enlarged, making it hard for her body to get food and water from her throat, and down to her stomach.
Daisy’s veterinarian had advised that the dog would have to sit in the chair every time she ate or drank anything. Doug and Brian Jones were woodworkers, as a hobby and professionally. They got their tools together to custom-build one Bailey chair so that Daisy would be as comfortable as possible.
The family were afraid that Daisy would have a difficult time adjusting. But soon, Daisy would always happily hop into her chair all on her own, even pulling down the tray where her food and water are served!
“We laughed in awe because she’s so smart,” Grace Jones told TODAY. “Surprised she got in the chair by herself, but even more so that she pulled down the tray and was ready to eat.”
Daisy and her family lives in Dayton, Nevada. Grace Jones and her husband are in their 60s, and are retirees. The couple have 4 grown children, thus “Daisy is the child”.
The family had Daisy for more than 9 years now, ever since she was a puppy. Someone brought Daisy to the local Dollar Tree, where the Joneses’ daughter, Sarah, was working as a high schooler. She was told that Daisy needed a home, and Sarah quickly volunteered to take her in. The family fell in love with Daisy, and the rest was history.
Since Daisy’s diagnosis, the Joneses still continue to organize and go on as many outdoors activities as much as possible, along with some safety modifications. Daisy still loves to hike despite her condition. When she needs to rehydrate, the Joneses would position her on a log – in a way that would let her drink with ease.
For example, if the family is camping overnight in their vehicle, they would bring the chair along with them on the trip. When playing around water or during water sports, Daisy may have to wear a muzzle so that she would not ingest water from the lake or river.
“She just stands up with her front paws on the log or rock and her back feet on the ground. We just try to work around her disability. We have been able to manage the illness and still enjoy having Daisy with us. We love her very much.”
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