Zaki, our gentle giant succums to his siezures at 6 1/2 yo - German Shepherd Dog Forums
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Zaki, our gentle giant succums to his siezures at 6 1/2 yo

Zaki Von Minerd from Minerd Ranch GSD breeders in WA laid down for the last time 3 days ago. He was doing what he liked best, retrieving the tennis ball in our back yard.

He was so happy and "healthy". He was enjoying a period of relief from itching, by being on Prednizone (more effective than Apoquel). It had been a month since his last round of grand mal idiopathic seizures. Typically he would have 6-8 over 3 days, then be fine for 2-3 months.

So, when he brought me back the ball and fell over at my feet, I thought he was going into another seizure. But he just convulsed a bit, eyes and pupils wide, and his heart stopped. and so did mine.

I'm a "stay at home dad". Zaki has been with me 24/7 since he was 8 weeks old; following me relentlessly from room to room expecting the next fun thing. Try to put him outside, and he would just stand outside silently looking in through the glass door waiting for me to join him. When I worked in the garage, he loved to lay in his SUV pretending he was going somewhere.

At 115lbs, with classic blk/tan markings and the biggest, softest, kindest brown eyes you've ever seen, he loved everyone. When a yappy dog would bark and get all mean with him, he would just turn away, looking at me like "what's a matter with that guy?"

Zaki you were one expensive, budget crushing, high maintenance dog. We couldn't have done it without Petplan insurance, Oh but god I miss you!

Here are some clips in his memory:
Last week demonstrating the "Paws Aboard" pet ladder which he's used since a puppy.



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The last photo of Zaki last week in Jones Island with Mom


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I'm so sorry. It's heartbreaking to lose such a wonderful dog.
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I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories!

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Sorry for your loss.
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I am so sorry for your loss. He was a handsome boy for sure!

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What a beautiful face, I'm so sorry for your loss. What blessing for him to have you.

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My heart hurts for you. The only thing worse than the pain of losing a pet is the thought of never knowing them at all. Run free, sweet Zaki.
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I am so sorry for your loss.
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So sorry.What a beautiful boy.

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I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. RIP sweet Zaki.
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