General => General Discussion => Topic started by: MichelleWhall on March 24, 2015, 07:31:05 PM

Title: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: MichelleWhall on March 24, 2015, 07:31:05 PM
Our hearts are shattered…….

Today Mike and I said goodbye to a big part of our family. Zeus was the best and without him we would never had met many of you reading this. We have met so many people that we call friends because of Zeus.

Zeus loved agility as long as he could do it his way (i.e. dad you MUST be telling me the wrong obstacle because this tunnel looks better and I have to stop on the top of the a-frame to get a better look at who is watching me). BUT most important he just wanted to please us and would do anything we asked of him.

We retired Zeus 1 Q short of his Natch because of an injury. Never the less he was always a champion in our eyes. He competed and had many titles in six different agility venues over the years, that was never important to us.  The fact that he loved agility was enough.
In recent years his favorite thing at a trial was to pop his head out of the x-pen and bark for a treat if someone he knew was walking by and he always got treats and pats from everyone!

Last year after taking the winter off we ran him in a Hoopers class in April and we immediately noticed his back legs weren’t working the way they should even though at home he would run in the backyard with Stryder and Race. After many tests over several months we received the devastating news that he had a parathyroid tumor but more devastating is that he also had bilateral adrenal cancer that was attached to the vena cava for which there is no cure and a very risky invasive treatment that they did not think would help.  We were told he had 12 weeks without treatment and not much more with the treatment.  We decided to bring him home and let him live his life happy for what time he had left.  We were blessed to have had him for 28 more weeks. 

We let him go today to be free and run and are very fortunate that he is back home with us tonight where he belongs. 

Zeus was a big part of our lives for almost 14 years which we know if good for a large dog but it doesn’t make it any easier…..

Hug your dogs a little tighter tonight from us and Zeus because life is just too short.
Michelle and Mike Whall
Title: Re: Zeis Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Maureen deHaan on March 25, 2015, 02:48:20 AM
So very sorry Michelle and Mike ....Thinking of you ...
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Tammy Lenski on March 25, 2015, 01:53:50 PM
Michelle and Mike, I just heard about Zeus from Donna this afternoon. He was such a good boy and we'll all miss seeing him in his crate next to you at trials. Big hugs to you.
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Deni on March 25, 2015, 06:18:35 PM
Very sorry for your loss. They always take a chunk of us with them when they go, but they leave behind some wonderful memories.
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Carole & Pat Daggett on March 25, 2015, 06:32:00 PM
We were so sorry to hear about Zeus; we know that he was your special boy.  We do remember him popping his head up out of the x-pen to see whose attention he could get.  It is never easy to lose a dog no matter how much time that dog spends with us - it only gets harder.  Our thoughts are with you in your loss.

Pat & Carole
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: danforth on March 26, 2015, 01:00:08 AM
Our thoughts are with you.

We will miss seeing Zeus this weekend.

Isabel and Cocoa
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: runningmadly on March 26, 2015, 08:36:48 AM
Mike & Michelle, we are so sorry for your loss.

Pat & Tom Moloney-Harmon
Baltimore, MD
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Sharon Nelson on March 26, 2015, 08:45:26 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Zeus.  Mike and Zeus had many great memories and the pain of such a loss is so profound.  I thank Mike and Michelle for giving Zeus such a loving home and creating many wonderful memories together.

Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: Blair Bloxham on March 26, 2015, 10:41:12 AM
Mike and Michelle

Audrey and I are sorry to hear of your loss.  Remember the good times.  He was a lucky dog to have had a home with the two of you.

Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: StefanElvstad on March 26, 2015, 11:47:07 AM
Mike and Michelle,

I'm very sad to learn of your loss. Zeus was one of the lucky ones to have a loving home.
Title: Re: Zeus Whall - 8/2/01 to 3/24/15
Post by: pjcavin on March 26, 2015, 07:13:09 PM
Mike and Michelle, sorry for your loss.  Mike told great stories about Zeus last year in Bend and I know he will be greatly missed.

Patti Cavin