Friday, June 29, 2012


Zeus Jansz 2000 - 2012

We met a most amazing Safe Haven dog ten years ago on the farm of George and Marilee Hejna. Zeus. Described as having no hips, missing a front toe, and a bit of an Alpha,  you may wonder why we even went to see this Black Lab mix. 

At the time Zeus was found, he was a young pup. They said it took him several minutes to find a comfortable way to sit down on his weak hips. Safe Haven took him in about 12 years ago, but without a permanent shelter and no money available for surgery, his future was bleak. A special appeal was sent to members, and money began to come in for Zeus, to have each hip removed, one at a time. Special thanks to George and Marilee and the many volunteers who helped Zeus heal after each surgery. 
Zeus brought us so much love and joy, and was our self-appointed concierge to anyone who stayed in our home. He was my constant companion on many trips to the barn each day and night, and the reason Tom and I both became so involved with Safe Haven. 

There is a painting of Zeus at Safe Haven that Alan Zver donated to the Silent Auction one year. It serves as a reminder of the many dogs, all with their own story, who have found their Forever Homes through the gracious love and care of Safe Haven. We are forever grateful.  


Sue said...

Hello from Vermont ... I see by this post that Zeus is no longer with you. My heart goes out to you as I know how wonderful pets can be and how empty it feels when they are gone. I'm glad you have beautiful memories of him. Love, S

Justine said...

What a great site and what a wonderful companion you had in Zeus. So sorry for your loss.