My dog “Zek” was the best dog that ever lived. I’m sure every dog owner says that about their best friend, and to all of us it’s true.
For the last 10 years it has just been Zek and me. For the 4 years before that her boy, my son Daniel, and her best dog friend, Bennie, were also part of our daily lives. I had originally gotten “Zek” for Daniel when I worked at the Larimer County Humane Society. I saw her in the community run her first morning there, and she was very scared. Later, when I went looking for her in the kennels, I found her and our eyes locked on eachother and we both knew that we were meant to be together. So much for getting my son a dog! For the last few years that Daniel was living at home Zek was his dog, but she also knew that she was ulitimately my dog, and her main job was to protect Daniel from being a teenager!
While Dan was still at home we also rescued an Akita, Bennie. That was the only other dog that Zek really liked, and the first time Zek met Bennie she walked up to him and licked him on the nose! I have never seen her tolerate, let alone enjoy, the presence of another dog.
After Bennie passed away, and Dan grew up and left home, it was just me and Zek. That dog was more comfort to me, and took better care of me, than any person (other than my son) has ever done. Zek would go hiking with me, and we always walked around Ft. Collins. She loved City Park, and even though she didnt like cars she would go with me as long as I told her we were going to the park!
In the last few years Zek developed Neurological Myopthia and even though she couldn’t jump in the car anymore, or even walk that straight she still loved to go for walks. That dog knew when it was Saturday and Sunday mornings and she wouldn’t even let me finish my coffee before she started running around the house and bumping me with her nose as if to say “come ON mom – its time to go for my walk”!!
I fractured my left elbow on Sat., Sept 5th and was home for the next 10 days. At first I was depressed about it (I’m left handed) until Zek developed liver failure and had to be put to sleep. It was then that I realized I was meant to break my arm so that I could be home with my beloved Zek in her last 10 days. I will never forget my friend, and I will miss her terribly forever, but I am so glad that I had the oppertunity to be her human for the last 14 years!!