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.