How was everyone’s holiday weekend? Ours started off great, we had a family BBQ at our house everyone seemed to have a nice time. Except our 11 1/2 year old Great Dane, Zeeo, who began acting abnormal that evening and it just got worse from there.
This post is in memory of our first animal child. Who came into our lives a happy, fat, 6-7 week old puppy. Who was way bigger than he realized.
Zeeo loved anything sweet and while heading to his bed he would stop immediately if he smelled cookies. He began playing with and eating toilet paper rolls as soon as we brought him home and he continued to do that for 11 1/2 more years.
Zeeo began to act weird the evening of July 4th. We thought he might just be too hot, or too excited with all the people and kids running around. We let him in and tried to make him comfortable, he seemed to feel better within a few hours. Before we went to bed we let him out but he came back in acting weird again.
He was pacing and drooling and panting hard, he seemed very uncomfortable. I began worrying I knew about three things that could cause him to act that way and none of them had a happy ending. We stayed up until 2:00am with him trying to make him comfortable.
July 5th in the morning he was getting worse. We took him to the vet and my suspicions were confirmed. He was experiencing GDV or bloat. He began to fail fast. While the doctor was trying to get and X-Ray he collapsed on the floor at the clinic. He was in so much pain. It was time to ease it. The AH signed the form and we were with him as he breathed his last breath(the kids were with my MIL). My heart is still heavy and it’s been painful watching my children mourn their first death. The AH is so sad as Zeeo was really his dog.
Zeeo’s Midnight Shadow
December 1999-July 5, 2011