Many of you know our dog Zeus. He was a mixed breed who showed up one Christmas vacation when my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters were visiting from the west coast. At first we were not sure of Zeus because, as many, he had a little pit in him. But, he turned out to be one of the most friendly, loyal, caring dogs one can imagine. Over the past six years he was always at my side. He took me for walks on the property deciding each day whether to go up to the mailbox and then down by the creek or the circuitous route circumnavigating the entire property. I proudly followed along behind just waiting for him to sniff, chase, or swim in the creek. This was my meditation each day.
During the summer he would swim in the pool with us. But, he would mostly swim when our granddaughters Liliana and Julia were visiting. He would get concerned when they went under the water and could not see them. The girls made it a game which everyone enjoyed.
Zeus would also ride along with me as I went on errands or to the transfer station. He was a regular at Payne Pools and befriended a ferret. He would sit and just stare at the little one. I swear they became friends.
But, our life with Zeus was to be curtailed by lymphoma which we found he developed almost two years ago. Our friends at Orange Veterinary Clinic were fantastic over these past 20 months. Zeus received his chemo and about 8 months ago we thought he would have a complete remission. But our hopes were dashed when we found another lymph gland growing. He fought on mightily, however, until the very end. And then, this past Saturday morning while lying in his bed with us at his side, he took his last breath and said goodbye. As all of you who have had cherished pets know, he will be sorely missed and an empty place in your life can never be replaced. Rest in Peace my friend.