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Zeus is an 11 year old husky/corgi mix (I know, odd combo).  After loosing our 3 year old dog to liver disease, I began volunteering with a rescue group just outside of Charlotte, NC.  We had an entire dog family (dad, mom and seven pups) surrendered to the rescue.  Dad was a full-blooded, red and white husky.  Mom was a mix that we guessed to be lab/standard dachshund.  We ended up adopting two of the puppies.  Merlin took after the mom:  blond, short and stocky – upon watching him grow we concluded that there HAD to be some corgi in the mix.  Zeus took after dad: reddish, tall and thin.  Amazing that littermates could look so very different.

At age 9 Merlin injured his ACL and underwent surgery.  During his recovery he became terribly ill and died from what the specialists believed to be cancer or liver failure.  Unfortunately, he was so sick that we did not believe he would survive the biopsy needed to determine the cause.  We made him as comfortable as possible and he crossed to the bridge on 11/21/09.

Merlin, although smaller, had always been the “alpha” dog and Zeus very much looked to him for leadership, guidance, etc.  We were terribly concerned about how Zeus would do on his own.  Well, he surprised us and did just fine.  In fact, he excelled.  He “came into his own” and learned how to tell us he needed out, when he was hungry, etc., in his very own way.  Most importantly, he helped us to heal.  Our babies mean everything to us and we were devastated to lose Merlin.  The day Merlin died, I heard Greg tell Zeus that he had an awfully large hole to fill in our hearts.  Fill it he did.

In November Zeus was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his right front leg.  His leg was amputated on 12/1/11 and, at this writing, we are 1 month into this journey.  At 11 years old he has not recovered to that “go play on the beach” level that I have seen from some dogs in this site, but he has done well.  We are determined to fight for as much time as we can get with our boy and to enjoy every single moment with him.


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