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!!!
FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.