Leave a bone for Zeus - R.I.P., my baby.
Dogster stats for Zeus - R.I.P., my baby.
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Captain, Zeussie, Zazooz, Snooze.
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I was browsing Petfinder one evening when I spotted a HUGE and absolutely beautiful black Newfoundland in a Tampa shelter. No information was given for him, except that he was around five years old, so curious as I was, I called the next day to see if he was still available. The man I talked to said that he was. At that time I didn't ask any questions, but went with my mom to go look at him.
He was massive. It was my first time ever laying eyes on a Newfoundland that wasn't in a picture on my computer, and I was awed. I'd admired the breed for a very long time, but was seeing none of that gentle nature they are so known for in him. He was barking up a storm, lunging at us through the cage. I kneeled beside the cage and watched him calmly until he settled down and just stared back at me, and I saw the pain and confusion in those eyes. It broke my heart.
One of the people who worked at the shelter sat beside me and I asked about where he'd come from and how he'd been brought to the shelter. I was told that he had been seized in a drug raid, that he had been trained to be a guard dog for the criminals. And I thought to myself... what monsters, taking such an inherantly gentle dog and turning it into an aggressive beast. He would never be adopted, this was apparent. I couldn't see a family with children and other pets welcoming this 160+ lb black bear into their home, not with him barking and lunging like he was. I took one of the leashes and went into his cage, slowly, calmly, so as not to alarm him. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) he sat and looked up at me. I put the leash on him, but he wouldn't walk immediately with me. I was just happy he was no longer being so hostile.
I ended up bringing him home with me that day. He loved when we let the top down on our convertible and the wind blowed through his hair. The look on his face was one of pure bliss! The two hour drive home was uneventful.
When we got home, though, is when all heck broke loose. I didn't want to let him off the lead until he had calmed down, because I wasn't 100% sure he wouldn't go leaping over the chain link fence, or busting through the board fence on the other side of our property. He had a very wild look in his eyes, and he pulled me down to the ground on more than one occasion while I tried to get him to walk. When I twisted my ankle was when my little alpha Corgi, Clyde, streaked across the yard to the rescue. He dove in my lap, hair standing on end, and snarled at Zeus. Zeus gave him a look like, "Whoa... I'm not the only guy here," and actually sat down! Perhaps in shock that such a little, short-legged thing would have the nerve to stand up to him!
The first night was by far the worst. Zeus calmed down a lot over the next several months, but for the life of me, I could not get him to go to the vet. Even muzzled, it was like breaking a wild pony. He'd buck and flail and just go berserk until he was back in the car, so I wormed him and vetted him the best I could at home.
I lost Zeus January 8 of 2007 to SAS (Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis). His memory lives on in my baby, Waylon.
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear
"It's me! I haven't left you! I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here!"
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into the chair
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away!"
You sat there very quietly, and then smiled, I think you knew . . .
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you
The day is over, I smile and watch you yawning
And say "Good night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning!"
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand side by side
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see
Be patient, live your journey out, then come home to be with me . . .
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|October 7th 2007
||More than 7 years!
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