Favorite Walk: Our favorite walks are at Allegany State Park, the Allegany River Trail, and a six mile trail in the woods by our house.
Best Tricks: give me kiss, give me paw, other paw, two paw, give me hug, playing hide and seek, diving face first into a foot of snow and pulling out a mouse, pouncing at Aggie to make her run, jump (over fences), speak to me!
Arrival Story: Zeus was given to me as a birthday present by my husband. He is the best present I have ever gotten. We had been to see him when he was a few weeks old, but I had no idea he was going to be coming home with us in a couple of months. He is such a clown and makes me laugh and smile everyday. He is always ready and willing to go. He gives the best kisses and has the most beautiful howl. He always has a pretty song to sing to me when we are getting ready to go for a walk, ride, or go swimming. Please watch his videos!
Bio: Zeus would have been fifteen years old on November 11, 2013. In early February this year we took Zeus and Nikki to Allegany State Park for a walk in a winter wonderland. It's their favorite place to go. We even got dad to go. It was a great and special day. I have a photo book with wonderful pics I took that day. Zeus and Nikki so excited to go and had so much fun running through all the snow. I'm so glad we went because as it turns out, it would be the last time we would ever go. A couple of weeks later Zeus starting limping on his front left leg. It seemed to be a shoulder injury, but I just thought he might have sprained it from slipping on some ice in the driveway. After many medications, x-rays and tests at our vet, with little improvement, we had no definitive diagnosis and were referred to Veterinary Specialists in Rochester. They had the means to perform a CT scan which showed "a ruptured disc, chronic IVD disease, and multiple soft tissue nodules in the lung parenchyma consistent with metastatic disease". So my boy had cancer and was dying. We were shocked. We still are. The vet couldn't tell where the primary source of the tumor was and we would have to put Zeus through more testing for that. I couldn't put him through more painful procedures being over 14 years old. The answers would not have done anything to prolong his life. We decided to put him on comfort care and take him home. We stopped for ice cream on the way home. When life had gotten too painful for him to navigate, we thought it best to put him to sleep and that happened on April 23, 2013. It was an agonizing decision and horrible day. My life will never be the same without him. We went everywhere together. He was my best friend. He had a heart of gold and steel determination driven out of love. No body ever greeted me when I got home the way Zeus did. I miss him so much. But we shared a wonderful life together and I am so grateful for that. Goodnight Sweet Prince. I can see you in my dreams running with a great pack of Angels at the bridge. Run, fatboy, run!!!
Well, somehow it's been two years since we said goodbye. Two winters without snow angels or seeing you run and play in the snow. Two years without bike rides and ice cream. Two years without your kisses and hugs. Two years without looking into those beautiful, beautiful brown eyes and seeing you laugh or smile at me with them. Two years without hearing your beautiful voice talking and singing to me. And howling. It was music to my ears. You had the most perfect howl. Two years without you and Nikki greeting me when I come home. I miss everything about you, but I think I miss your kisses the most. Nobody kissed me the way that you did. Two years. I miss you, I love you.
my husband gave me the most wonderful birthday present EVER. Zeus. I don't celebrate this day as my birthday anymore, but the day you came into my life. You are the love of my life and I miss you beyond what I can express in words. When I was walking with Kirra today, I was thinking of how many times I have walked down this road we live on with Foxy, Keta, Dixie, Brandy, you, Nikki and Kirra. Then when I looked at Kirra, it was you for split second. Just long enough for it to register in my brain, then she changed back again. Was it just my mind playing tricks on me or did you come to visit? I like to think you came to visit. It's comforting to know you still hear me. 16 years ago began the best 14 1/2 years of my life.