Zoe: 2000-2008

We received the sad news that my sister and brother in law’s yellow labrador, Zoe, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer just two weeks ago, was put to rest on Saturday morning. 

avandzoe51207 In the course of those two weeks, her health declined precipitously and within just the final few days she went from somewhat normal levels of energy, activity and appetite to being unable to eat or drink anything, let alone get up from the floor or move on her own.

Zoe was Jenn and Kevin’s first “child”, giving them a trio of years of experience caring for another living being before my oldest niece was born. 

Emily wasn’t as close to Zoe as my younger niece, Ava, has been.  But for both of them, the loss of a permanent part of their life will bring about all sorts of questions and worries and sadness.

Emily, who is old enough to remember her great-grandmother (my father’s mother), stated that now Zoe would be in heaven and would take walks with Grandma Schultz.  While Grandma was always a bit overwhelmed by Zoe (she was very demonstrative of her affections when she was younger, jumping all over you and sharing her very fur with you), I’m sure that image will provide the whole family with comfort.

Above: Ava and Zoe, best of friends, watch an endless summer afternoon pass by.

If the nature of things is that life is given and taken away on a whim, it seems that our clinging onto memories in an earnest, if futile, attempt to resist that capriciousness. 

 

7 thoughts on “Zoe: 2000-2008

  1. It’s very difficult to lose a pet and I can imagine how sad your sister’s family must be right now. That’s a precious picture of Ava and Zoe.

  2. It’s very difficult to lose a pet and I can imagine how sad your sister’s family must be right now. That’s a precious picture of Ava and Zoe.

  3. oh man.. i really love dogs and reading this entry made me remember those that have left us. i agree with matt up there. they’re family members.

  4. That was a beautiful entry Chris.  Thank you for remembering her as fondly as we do.  Although she won’t be around to jump on you when you visit in July, I’m sure that you will still find her hair roaming the halls.  You may still want to bring your lint brush!  I had almost forgotten how precious that picture was of Ava and Zoe.  I’ll need to make a print and put it in Ava’s room.

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