Thursday, January 21, 2010

"...beauty school dropout, no graduation day for you..."

I'm not sure why I never mentioned it before, but Jason rescued a German Shepherd a couple weeks before Christmas.

The doggie's name is Zeus and he is GINORMOUS. 100 pounds and a little underweight at this point.

Photos really don't do his size justice. But photos do show how gorgeous he is:


On January 5th, he ran after a deer when Jason let him out to tinkle and was missing for 8 days. Those 8 days happened to be the coldest yet in Pgh this winter and Jason and I had visions of poor Zeus freezing to death out in the streets of Pittsburgh.

We canvased neighborhoods with fliers, fielded dozens of phone calls from people who claimed they saw Zeus and held multiple stakeouts in areas he was "last seen."

We were told by naysayers that we weren't going to find him and that since we only had him for a month that we should just get over it. To this, we replied, "But we already love him. He's like our kid." To this, everyone laughed at us.

As it turns out, Zeus found his way back to his original owner (3 miles from Jason's house) who didn't know how to contact us until he saw one of our posters. So Zeusy was actually on this guy's couch eating bon-bons for 7 days while we thought he was dead or well on his way to like, fucking Cleveland or somewhere equally scary.

I don't think I've ever been as relieved about anything my life the way I was last Thursday when Jason called me to tell me he had Zeus in his arms.

Interestingly enough, Jason had the opportunity to talk to Zeus' original owner about Zeus' past.

It turns out Zeus was trained to be a police dog and was actually working with the Pittsburgh Police for 9 months before he flunked out. He was returned to his owner, presumably because he's too sweet and quite honestly just doesn't listen that well. His original owner had, in the meantime, had adopted a rottweiler and didn't have the ability to take care of two huge dogs. So Zeusy got taken to the Animal Rescue League. And then along came Jason and the rest is history.

Phew.

So that's what's been up with us the past couple of weeks.

Adopting Zeus then losing Zeus and then finding Zeus has made this an unbelievably stressful month.

The losing of Zeus in particular put an enormous strain on Jason and me and our relationship. All we did was cry and sleep. We didn't talk. We didn't touch. We stopped being playful with each other. All we did was wallow in sadness about sweet Zeusy being gone from our lives.

Things have gone back to normal now and clearly we're going to need to work on finding better ways to deal with sad things that happen to us.

So anyway.

Back to your regularly scheduled Peace Turkey. :-)

4 comments:

Tauhid said...

Glad to hear you got him back! I know when my uncle lost his dog for 3 days he was miserable and quite moody because he was missing his best friend of 5 years. Glad to see things back to normal =)

LiLu said...

I love that you said tinkle. B says he loves me a little less every time I use that word.

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Lemon Gloria said...

Oh, yay you got him back! He is a beautiful dog, and I love that he was too sweet to be in the police force. It's so interesting that he found his way back to his previous home. But I'm glad he has such a loving home with you guys.

And Nick says "tinkle" as well. I don't believe I've ever used that word in my life.