Saturday, March 07, 2015

Happy, Happy 14th Birthday!

Happy 14th Birthday baby boy!

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Happy Birthday Zeus!

It's been quite a journey to get here, and we've had some very scary moments in the past week alone, but we made it.  Zeus is 14 years old today and it's time for our annual birthday recap!

Of course I'm a little biased, but I think my boy is quite handsome.

Happy Friday. Zeus says Good Morning IG! #happydog #dogstagram #instadog #labmix #ilovemydogs #ilovemyseniordog #seniordog #seniorpet #ilovebigmutts #love #picofday #sweet The absolute last place I want to be right now... At the vet with Zeus. We could use some good vibes please... #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #megaesophagus #powerOfThePaw #CancerSucks #ilovemydogs Good Morning from the Happy Old Man! #dogstagram #happydog #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #HappyOldMan #ilovebigmutts #love #smiling #mybaby Zeus wants everyone to know how much he appreciates the @merrickpetcare Senior Medley food that has arrived! Thank you to his super nice friend Katrina, his loving Grampa & Gramma, and the awesome folks at @chewy -- we 💜 you all! #dogstagram

He even makes my selfies look good...

After breakfast sitting time with Zeus #selfie #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemyseniordog #seniordog #megaesophagus #love #mybaby #ilovebigmutts 2014-12-12_08-35-15

Zeus always works hard at reviewing items for the blog...

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My big guy loves spending time outdoors, especially lounging on the back porch...

Warm enough to lounge on the porch, and his humans are home all day... Yup, Zeus is one happy camper! #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #happydog #BestDogEver Screenshot_2014-10-26-13-14-28-1Trying to compensate for the tree limb we lost over the weekend, which shaded Zeus' favorite spot on the deck. #dogstagram #instadog #happydog #seniordog #smile #summer #deck #love IMG_20140603_174544_847

He loves going for a R-I-D-E...

Happy dog! In his way to see his favorite vet... #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #happydog #carride #love #smile #ilovemyseniordog He's so stinking HAPPY! On our way to the vet... #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #happydog #smile #love #ilovebigmutts #ilovemydogs #megaesophagus #smiling #carride

Sometimes he's Mr. Serious... 

TGIF and Good Morning -Zeus #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemydogs #ilovebigmutts #labmix #love #bigdog Zeus says Good driveway lounging Morning IG! #instadog #dogstagram #bigdog #labmix #mutt #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #love #happydog #ilovemydogs #summer #mybaby

But most of the time he's a big 'ole ham...

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2014-12-31_02-26-39 Zeus wishes everyone a very Happy New Year! #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #ilovebigmutts #antlers #love #ilovemydogs
"Hey Mommy, whatcha doing?" - Zeus #dogstagram #instadog #seniorpet #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #ilovemydogs #megaesophagus Zeus and his pretty reindeer lady... #dogstagram #instadog #happydog #christmas #reindeer #dogtoy #ilovemydogs #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #smiling

Zeus has always been my biggest lapdog...

Watching 2 Broke Girls with my cuddly big guy #love #dogstagram #instadog #bigdog #snuggles #cuddly #ilovemydogs #LifeIsGood Lazy weekend mornings are the best! #cuddly Zeus and a little #knitting #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemyseniordog #knitstagram #getyourkniton #happydog ##NAPblanket #snuggles

My baby boy has been thru so much in his 14 years, but most especially in the past year.  He's been a trooper with his mega esophagus, got thru Vestibular Disease with flying colors, and survived 3 bouts of aspiration pneumonia.  And thru it all, he's always smiled and wagged his tail at the vet.

IMG_20141116_135216_686-1 2014-08-26_08-48-43Zeus is resting... Diagnosis is Vestibular Syndrome of old dogs. Hoping to see improvement in 2 or 3 days. Keep the paws crossed please. #seniordog #mybaby #ilovemyseniordog The happiest sick dog you'll ever meet... He spent the night at the 24/7 vet for fluids & observation. Not we're at our vet... Confirmed he has aspiration pneumonia again. Please continue to send good healing vibes... #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #ilo
 
Zeus loves his younger siblings...

My boys lounging on the deck #dogstagram #seniordog #ilovemydogs #instadog #coonhoundmix #labmix #ilovebigmutts Zeus & Sophie, oldest & youngest. #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemydogs #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #seniordog #labmix #houndmix #love 4dogs_111614d 2015-01-23_07-47-39

But his bond with Lola was unmatched.  I'm convinced his recent heat arrhythmia diagnosis is truly a broken heart... he misses his sister so very much.

Lola lending moral support to Zeus while he sits after breakfast. #megaesophagus #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovemydogs #love #dobermanmix #labmix #ilovebigmutts #adoptdontshop Love!! #dogstagram #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #dobermanmix #labmix #ilovebigmutts #ilovemydogsIMG_20150123_143653_046 IMG_20150123_144345_670 

Zeus, being Zeus the Moose...

Zeus wants to know who put this stupid #ladder in the way. #dogstagram #bigdog #ilovemydogs #labmix #mutt #ilovebigmutts #instadog Zeus and I feel the same way about mornings .. #dogstagram #love #ilovemydogs #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #instadog #tongue #pptthh #megaesophagus #mybaby
My goofball Zeus and the fuzzy yellow buddy from #BartleysForDogs ... Stay tuned for our #review #dogstagram #dogtoys #seniordog #ilovemydogs Just gave all 4 dogs a bath outside... Which means I got one too! Zeus might be the only #happydog #ilovemydogs #dogstagram #instadog #bigdog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #seniordog #smiling #bathtime #smile #summer #deck

He's an amazing handknit model...
Zeus_hat_31814c I love my model! #airysummerinfinityscarf is finally off the needles! #Cascade #UltraPima #infinityscarf #dogstagram #handknit #happydog #love #smile

One of his best tricks...

BugsyBox_22714m_Zeuscrop We started our day by opening a box of #CaseyJonesBones #WheatFree Cranberry Mint #dogtreats #dogstagram #ilovemydogs #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #toocute #dogtricks

Always such a happy boy....

The sun is shining, so Zeus naturally thinks it's driveway lounging weather.... #dogstagram #instadog #winter #snow #newengland #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts On our way for a check up at the vet... Think he's feeling better? :) (and yes, we were stopped at a red light) #dogstagram #instadog #selfie #love #megaesophagus #VestibularDisease #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #happydog

Happy Birthday Zeus.  I love you more than words can say.  We bought our home 14 years ago and brought you home, at just 7 weeks of age, just a month later.  You have been a part of our lives and home for so long, and have fought thru so much, been so brave.  Your amazing will to live has taught us all so very, very much.  I can't even begin to thank you for your unconditional love.  As much as I can't stand to think about it, I know the day is coming soon, and it truly breaks my heart to think about life without you here. 

Happy Birthday, my Happy Old Man....
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9 comments:

Brian said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Zeus!!!

Sue said...

Happy birthday Zeus. We're all so very happy that you decided to stay around for this important day. We know you're getting tired and will want to leave us soon and we will miss you, but for now we are all celebrating your special day.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

WOW! 14 :-) Happy Happy BarkDay! and more Woofs to come. Have a PAWsome celebration. Golden Woofs

SissySees said...

What a VERY happy birthday! The girls send licks & love!!

tubby3pug said...

Made me cry. So much like our Norbert. We love u Zeus
Retro rover

Marjie said...

Happy Birthday to your boy. I know this one will be truly special, regardless of how long he stays with us. Now, to get to that birthday cake, which I know your momma has provided....

jen said...

Happy 14th Birthday Zeus! We think about you every day and we are keeping the positive vibes coming!

LA Paylor said...

oh now you've made me cry! He looks like a puppy! So handsome so sweet.

Our boy is almost 13 and showing it.
Aging ain't for sissies. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Cathy Armato said...

Happy 14th Birthday Zeus, as I wipe tears from my eyes. What a beautiful birthday tribute to your sweet boy. I love all the photos, I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried.

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