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Orange County, CA
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6 September 2009 - 8:50 pm
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Heather, we are all very sorry to hear about Zeus.  Like I said in a previous post, he was a fighter, and no one could have taken better care of him than you.  May all your memories of him comfort you in this difficult time.

Diane, John, Max & Linda

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6 September 2009 - 10:22 pm
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Heather....I'm at a loss right now of what to say.  I'm so very sorry for your loss, and my heart mourns with you this evening.  You and Zeus have been so supportive to Shadow and I since our first post, through our amputation recovery and throughout the whole triumphs and tribulations of our journey.  Even at the end when Shadow passed unexpectedly, you had kind words of encouragement.  My heart breaks for your loss,  Zeus was extraordinary.  Zeus was such an inspiration to us here on the forum.  He truly was a hero and a fighter, and I can speak for us all when I say that he will be missed.  

Rest in Peace sweet boy... run free and say hi to Shadow for me.  

Tina and Spirit Shadow

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7 September 2009 - 4:36 am
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I am replying to each and every one of you guys...I can't tell you how much all your words, support and love mean to me. I had no idea how many looked upon Zeus as a hero and idea. We love being a part of this wonderful community and we always will be there to help others faced with this horrible disease and whatever else they face with their beloved fur kids. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog...nothing in the world so pure and beautiful.

I want to share something that brought a smile to my face through all the waves of sobs and nausea this weekend. I have both dog beds on my side of the bed and Zeus' bed was near the head and Buddy's is near the foot. I woke up in the middle of the night (despite taking a sleeping pill!) and looked down and there was Zeus, sleeping away in his usual position. He was clear as day in the middle of the night. My heart felt so warm and fuzzy. He's been around all weekend, on and off. I feel him strongly when he is with me and I feel the emptiness when he goes off and wanders a bit. I don't want to be selfish, but I have to admit that it's nice to feel him so much...maybe just for a little while.

Rene and Jim, I love the poem - I've read a few versions of the Rainbow Bridge this weekend and I love the last paragraph. I can picture in my mind's eye the cord and will hold that picture near and close to my heart.

We love you all so very much,

Heather and Spirit Zeus, my rockstar Superstar

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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7 September 2009 - 5:24 am
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Oh Heather, I was stunned to log on this morning and hear about Zeus.  I am so very, very sorry.  Zeus was such an inspawration to all of us. You have been so supportive of everyone on this site, always offering such comforting, pawsitive words of support.  Thank you so much for all you have given to us. Zeus was so very lucky to have you! I am at such a loss for words, I wish I could think of the right thing to say.

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue and Nova

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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7 September 2009 - 8:23 am
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   I wanted to express my deepest sympathy …

I truly feel your pain and would like to say with each day it gets a little easier.

I will lite a candle to honor the beautiful spirit of Zeus.

Angel Buster, Kim

and Busters earthly brothers Nanuq & Yukon

Kim & Angel Buster

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
–Anatole France

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Zeus said:'s nice to feel him so much…maybe just for a little while.

Indeed. Those visits are to be treasured. The other day, while attempting to sort out our new garage, I looked up to just miss Jerry smiling at me. Like you say, I just felt him. He has become more elusive, but I know he is always with us. May Zeus always be with you.


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7 September 2009 - 4:22 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss.  I agree with what so many have said, I love Zeus' pictures posted on here, you can see his personality and why he is so special.  He is a hero and has given inspiration to so many on here.  I found comfort in his story immediately when I found the site, Zoe is now about the same age as he was when he had his amputation.  I remember thinking, he looks so happy maybe she could be too. I hope you find the strength and comfort to get through this.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Karin and Zoe

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We just got back and want to say how, how very sorry we are to hear the news.  After a weekend of tears, this is just another kicker.

I completely understand the helplessness you must have felt this past few weeks, we have suddenly been thrust in the same situation, but that's another story I'm not sure I've got a handle on to talk about and it doesn't belong here.  This is about Zeus.

When we lost our dog about five years ago, we felt her also with us for several weeks.  I could hear her growl at the squirrels, or a bark. Or just movement in the house.  It was weird, but also comforting in an odd way.  I hope Zeus 'hangs around' for you for awhile until he knows you are okay!

All my love.

Kim and Tika

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We are all here for you now, as you cope with the feelings and pain of losing your baby. Zeus was a brave boy and admired by many, as are you. Hold your head high and celebrate the fact that he is pain free and running with the pack.

Much love to you!

Paula and Spirit Max

Paula and Spirit Max

8 September 2009 - 1:33 pm
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Heather, Spirit Zeus and family

I am so, so sorry!  I was so upset when I read last night that I couldn't even post.  Even now, words escape me.  Zeus reminds me of Mac, even though he looks like Mickey (my younger goldie).  I'm so sure that Zeus is there with you, letting you know that he's happy, healthy, and pain-free now.  Your strength and caring are an inspiration to us all.  ((HUGS))

Amy and Mac

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8 September 2009 - 5:30 pm
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I am shocked to read the news about Zeus. I am so sorry. I know the pain and heart break you feel. Zeus and YOUE are an inspiration to all of us at Tripawds. Again I am so sorry


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8 September 2009 - 6:48 pm
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Oh Heather - I've cried throughout this entire thread.  You were so brave and so caring in the gift you gave to Zeus:  The gift of relieving his pain and setting him free.  He will always be there watching you. 

A couple years ago a friend of mine lost her be beloved borzoi, "Angel".  She was devastated but she too felt Angel's presence watching over her.  When she finally brought herself to move Angel's bed to clean, in the hardwood floor beneath the bed was dark perfect heart shape.  It had not been there before, and it was in the wood underneath the varnish and wax - and it is permanent and doesn't wash away.  If ever there was some sort of sign of love and rememberance that somehow our fur angels are reaching out to us, this has to be it. 

May Zeus watch over, comfort you and ease your pain the way you eased his.

connie & radar

9 September 2009 - 12:24 pm
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Dear Heather & sweet angel Zeus,

I am so sorry for your loss.  You and Zeus were there for us as Lulu transitioned to Tripawd-hood, and we are here for you and you and Zeus are in our thoughts.  You are incredibly strong, and still giving support to the rest of us during such a difficult time.

For anyone that has not gone through this, you DO FIND THE STRENGTH. When I read about others, I could never understand how they managed and how they stayed strong. I always thought I would be a noodle and a hysterical mess. I have no idea where my strength came from…it just comes. The hysteria came after….

It sounds like Zeus is hanging out for a bit to make sure that you are okay, just as you watched over him.  The love that you and Zeus share is an amazing thing.  Take care of yourself and know that we are all with you in heart and spirit.

All the best,

Stacy & Lulu

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