In loving memory of our ZACK who we love so much. ZACK will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever. Zack left a family, his mate Zoe who is also ill and their four siblings, Angel, Star, Molly and Bentley. He left his loving people family as well who will miss him horribly feeling a horrific void with his absence. He was a very good natured, quiet, loving, devoted papa and pack leader. He tended to his kids constantly with tender loving care, grooming, protection and concern over them. His sweet nature was incomparable and will never be forgotten. Zoe will miss playing ball with him and frolicking with him in such a comical and adorable way. We will miss you so very, very much dear Zack. Memories of you will go on forever in our hearts and bits and pieces of you will live on in your children. Goodbye my sweet Zack. I hope you are frolicking in the Heavens above, healthy, happy, and young again. You suffer no more. Please give my love to Fritz and Pepper, your predecessors. We love and miss you all. Hugs and kisses from your family. Mommy
ALL YOUR BABIES BORN IN 6-28-02
And you watched as your little ones came into the world. You were always so gentle and loving, never a sign of aggression toward anyone. You loved your babies and protected them to the end. Star would always stand in front of you and push herself into you as she always enjoyed the way you groomed her face and ears. In return, they would groom you.
SURROUNDED BY LOVE
You were always surrounded and so loved by all. Star is the spitting image of you and will be a constant reminder of your absence, dear Zack. Every time she walks by me now, I think it's you. She misses you so much, daddy. She is so sad.
The brood you left behind will miss you horribly...they are so sad now, it is breaking my heart. Zoe looks for you, Star is very confused, Angel will not eat much and Molly keeps to herself. And me, I can't stop crying. I keep walking by your favorite nap spots and looking down for you but you're not there. You used to love sleeping on the couch and resting your head on the armrest by my desk. I always look over and that spot has been empty for a week now. I had to help you get up on the couch this last week because you didn't have the strength any more. But you still managed to jump off later and return to the floor or on your bed in my closet where I sadly found you gone in the morning. I'm so sorry I wasn't with you in the end.
ZACK AND ZOE
How close you both were and so very bonded. The laughter you brought us when you played together, Zoe playing keep-away with you when playing ball. She loved running circles around you when she was feeling better. The way she yapped at you when you were in her way or she wanted attention from you.
YOUR FURRY FAMILY
SUCH A HANDSOME BOY
Such a beautiful healthy dog you were all your life. How you got so sick so quickly without warning, we just can't get over it and you gave us no clue as you were always so independent and strong. Whatever minor symptoms you showed we blamed on aging. You weren't feeling well for a week or so and noticed you were not eating much. I thought it was the heat. But when your breathing became louder and more labored I knew something was wrong and took you to the vet where you were diagnosed with lymphosarcoma masses throughout your body. A cancer which often comes on quickly and is very aggressive. The news shocked me horribly; not for one moment did I think you had a life threatening disease like that but perhaps a mild heart problem. The shock remains with me to this day as I had to watch and hear you deteriorate over the ensuing days but yet holding on to hope because you were still eating, drinking, greeting us at the door and even going outdoors with the brood. My hopes were crushed the day I found you gone on your favorite bed by my bedside. I will never forget the way I found you, Zack. A traumatic memory that will stay embedded in my mind forever. My poor baby boy....I'll miss you so very, very much.
YOUR LAST DAYS WITH US
Little did we know you would last only a few more days. We hoped and prayed the medications would help but it was too late. Not knowing how truly ill you were and how you hid it and braved it showing very little symptoms weeks before is what devastates us most. All your family and friends came to visit you knowing it was a matter of time. With each morning I feared I would find you gone and that day came the morning of May 28, 2010. You had greeted daddy that afternoon while mowing the lawn as if to say goodbye to him. You even howled with the pack as the sirens went by. You had quite the spirit, strength and courage like no other right to the end.
OUR LAST MOMENTS TOGETHER
Just days before we lost you, you enjoyed visits from friends and family, even doggy friends. You munched on many doggy biscuits that afternoon and even chased little Bella around even though you kept losing your footing and balance. It was such a nice family visit and Auntie Toni even took you for walks over the weeks prior to your falling ill...right until to days before you departed. You always enjoyed your walks with Auntie and how you cried when she had to go home broke my heart.
STAR WAS ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE
Star knew you were ill and took to laying close to you near the end. She often stood by you to check you over and see what was wrong as your breathing was abnormal. She knew her daddy was sick. Animals know far more than humans do and their senses are much more keener. Now she lays in your spot as if to feel you there. And it was the path to the kitchen where we had to always hop over you...and now you're not there to trip over any more. You'd always put your head up every time I stepped over you and nearly made me fall flat....I try to envision you being there as I walk by now and it breaks me up to pieces seeing you are not there any more but Star is holding your spot.
YOU AND ZOE...INSEPARABLE
I thought this was a rare moment where you both were laying in the same position. That's when you were able to get up to your favorite spot on the couch and how you'd get mad at me every time I had to place that towel under your head or adjust the covers. You hated being disturbed, my little king of the couch!
MY HANDSOME BOY
TO MY SPECIAL BOY ON HIS BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ZACK. WE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH. YOU ARE 14 YEARS YOUNG, BIG BOY!!! LOTS OF LOVE AND KISSES FROM MOMMY, MOLLY, ANGEL AND STAR. KISSES TO ZOE AND FRITZ FROM US, TOO.
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