The Dayli and Dalí Saga
by William McCreight
About the Book
This book is about two Golden Retrievers, Dayli and Dali. It describes good times, humorous times and a few very sad times. We got Dayli from a breeder in Fulda and rescued Dali from an animal shelter.
"Golden retrievers do not bite", but Dali bit me several times - in fact he bit everyone in the family. I did not want to give him back, because if he bit someone else it would mean a death sentence.
Dali and I came to understand one another. I always knew what he wanted and he always knew what I wanted. I loved him more than any other dog I ever had.
Dali died a week before he was twelve years old and Dayli died a year later at the age of thirteen. When they were old and sick they had to be carried up the steps and Dali weighed 36 kg (79 pounds). If we got another retriever by the time he was old and sick we would be too old to carry him, so we decided on a smaller dog and got two Welsh Springer Spaniels named Freckles and Elen.
William Randolph McCreight is a physicist and mathematician with experience at NASA in orbital analysis, and at Boeing Aerospace Division predicting the effects on spacecraft from atomic explosions in space. In 1965 he was assigned to England and subsequently lived and worked in England, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and South Africa. He lived in the Far East three years and has professional experience in every western European country, some eastern European countries and Turkey. He became interested in genealogy when examining papers in his great-great-grandmother's trunk. This interest intensified with his first personal computer in 1975 and the advent of genealogy computer programs. He now has over 17,000 names, all confirmed by documentary and historical sources. He is now retired in the Taunus Mountains in Germany and spends his time primarily taking history courses with emphasis on Europe in the Bronze Age to the middle ages, and genealogy research.