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2018 Tributes

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For pet names beginning with "Z".

Zak, 04/2004 - 01/11/18

Zak, we found you under the floorboards of an Amish barn where you were born. There was something special about you. You had such personality, and your own mind. We had to wait a couple more weeks to bring you home, but you came home to 50 acres where you ran, played, investigated, swam, chased woodchucks and squirrels and rode on the ATV for the first year of your life. We moved you from  there to a smaller place but you still had lots of room to run and play fetch for a couple years. We moved to an even smaller place a  few years later but we made sure you had a big yard where you could roam and play.  We went for walks, went to parks, visited Duke. You loved to go for a ride on anything, in the back seat of the car you ran  back and forward nipping at passing cars. In the truck, you claimed the passenger bucket seat as your own, sitting up straight, leaning back on the seat,  looking ahead and then at dad then back ahead.  You were so happy,  even smiling.  You loved riding in your golf cart, so proud.  You were such a rough neck, one day you did a flip running after a squirrel. You tore your acl while fetching a stick and hopped around for a few months, soon you were walking, but didn't want to go on any long walk. You still wanted to play fetch. You got sick when you were 12 and the emergency vet said kidney disease.  We brought you home to a mattress in the living room where you were put on a saline iv for several weeks. You came back to us. We put you on home-cooked food only, gave you herbal supplements for your kidneys. You had your strength back, played fetch as long as we would throw. You looked so handsome.  You did very well for almost 2 years then you gradually stopped eating again, you were having breathing problems.  We cooked everything you loved to eat, you refused it all, you only drank water. Once you were having a hard time walking, dad carried you in and out. Once you refused or were unable to stand we had to make the most difficult decision ever, you couldn't take any pain medicine, we didn't want you to be in pain. Zak-E-boy, we miss you so much. The house is so empty without you. We miss your quirky ways, your howls, your herding, your shadowing, your reaction to sneezing, and when dad mentioned your "nub." We will always love you Zak, and we'll meet you on the other side...
Zelda, November, 1999 - Feb. 1, 2018

Sweet, loving "Zelda Zoom", who was my anchor and 'familiar', gently and bravely exited this world in my arms. She was 18 1/2 years old and was a steadfast friend and sister to Lizzie, our golden retriever who died March 2016. Zelda was by her side and wouldn't leave as Lizzie left us. She was a remarkable cat, rescued when she was 3 after living in a feral cat colony. Zelda loved her daily sunbaths. She never held back her opinions and loved zooming down the hallway. Now both our girls are gone and yet they fill the empty space with so much love. Thank you, my beloved little Zelda.

Zula, 3-21-2011 - 2-9-2017

Some love is too big to last just one lifetime. ♥️x Infinity, Zula. My best friend and beloved guardian.

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