The next morning they came with a fully-equipped dog-mobile and we said our good-by's to everyone. It was such a joy to watch the excitement of everyone involved!! Shasta loaded easily onto his new bed and the family headed home, to Shasta's forever home. Jeff has updated me on a regular basis, and Shasta is doing very well. He gets along with all their four-legged creatures and loves Kaya!
|Kaya & Shasta on the road home|
|Shasta snoozing in his fav place, by a tree!|
Sadly, after Shasta left our Zeus seemed to let go. His limp increased to the point he was only toe-touching and even dragging the toes. We increased his pain medication to 3 pills, 3 times a day, but it did little to alleviate his suffering. We had long ago decided that when we could not manage the pain it would be time to send him home; to help him cross the rainbow bridge. On Monday we called and made an appointment for Thursday, December 23rd at 5 pm. Kevin and I spent the next few days alternating between joyful memories, hugging Zeus, and crying. Zeus was a special dog. I know a lot of owners say this, or think this about their dogs in retrospect, but we always knew he was the dog of a life time. Zeus was always a happy, gentle, serious dog. He was an old soul, even as a puppy.
|"Baby" Zeus, around 8-9 weeks|
Michelle offered to hold Zeus for the procedure. We went into a room where the staff had placed a quilt for Zeus to rest upon. He immediately curled up on the warm, fuzzy blanket. Dr. L came in and with in minutes it was over. Both the vet and our tec cried with us; what a beautiful gift that Zeus was well loved by others, enough that they too shed tears for him. We brought the girls in so they could smell him to know he was gone. Shania, Zeus' bonded girl, was upset, but it was the right decision. In the following days they have not waited for him to return, which I believe is because they know he is gone from this world. They have mourned him, as we have.
|Zeus with 9 week old Miley|
|Kevin & Zeus|