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