Sunday, April 06, 2008

Zeke


This is really sad to write. Last night, Eric took our dog Zeke for a walk before bed, and he didn't put him on the leash on the way home. Zeke darted into the street and was hit by a car, a police car actually. Eric came into the house (and I remember thinking the walk was taking a long time) sobbing incoherently, and I saw flashing lights reflecting off the garage wall. I guessed what happened, and I kept asking Eric if something had happened to Zeke since he couldn't talk.

We came outside and went out to Zeke. They had brought him to the front yard, and he was lying on his side, still somewhat warm but definitely not alive. It was so sad to stroke his ears and his side and his stomach. I am not ready for him to be gone. I am especially sad that Zari won't have him to grow up with. She loves playing with him.


She'll have to get used to playing without the real thing.


We carried him into the garage last night and stroked his body for a while before we went to bed. It was hard to get to sleep last night, and it still seems like it shouldn't have happened. This is the last picture I took of Zeke, in February.

41 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to lose a furry family member. People don't always get they are like your kids too.

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  2. Rixa,
    Your pictures are beautiful- you have many wonderful memories.
    I am sorry for the loss of Zeke.
    Natalie

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  3. I am so very,very sorry :(

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  4. Sympathy and hugs to all of you in the loss of your sweet friend.

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  5. Oh, Rixa-- what a terrible shock! I am so so sorry for the loss of beautiful Zeke. He was an awesome dog :(

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  6. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, especially the shocking circumstances of his passing :( Looks like Zeke was one of a kind.

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  7. Rixa, I'm so sorry. It looks like he was a great big brother.

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  8. Rixa... I'm so very, very sorry to hear about Zeke's death. I can't even imagine the grief you are going through right now. Your sweet family is in my prayers. I pray that peace will find its way to you.

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  9. I'm sorry. How awful for Eric, and for you as well.

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  10. Oh, rixa, I'm so sorry. What a terrible shock to have it be such a sudden thing to add to your grieving. Many hugs.

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  11. I'm so sorry about Zeke. He's been part of your family for so long. The pictures are beautiful. I so sorry for you and Eric and Zari. :(

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  12. Oh No Rixa, I am so very sorry to hear this. That is so sad. Hugs to your DH, you and your daughter on your loss.

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  13. Rixa,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Zeke looked like a guy with a beautiful heart - his eyes are so friendly.

    -Katherine

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  14. Oh! I'm so so sorry. It's so hard to loose a member of the family and even harder when it's violent and unexpected. We lost a dog the same way around the same time I discovered I was carrying Abigail. I'm so sorry.

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  15. I'm sorry. That is so sad. :o(

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  16. Oh Rixa,

    I am so sorry. What a beautiful sweet boy Zeke is. Oh this is so so sad...I am so sorry. I can't imagine how heart broken you are....I am just so sorry.

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  17. I'm usually a lurker, but couldn't let this pass without comment. My heart aches to your family, Rixa. Losing a family member is so difficult. My thoughts are with you.

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  18. So sorry for your family's sorrow. It's been almost a year since our 3rd of 3 cats died, and I still get teary sometimes.

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  19. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful memoir of a beautiful friend.

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  20. So sorry, Rixa, it's so hard when a pet dies. People who don't have animals just don't get it.

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  21. Oh geez, Rixa, I'm so sorry. Zeke was SUCH a beautiful dog. ~ Kimberly

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  22. Thank you everyone...I never would have understood why people grieved over their pets until I had Zeke (I never got terribly attached to the goldfish or hermit crabs I had growing up!). He was a part of our life for almost seven years. That's one of the hardest things about losing him--so much of our days were structured around having him around: walks, giving him food, snuggling on the couch, telling Zari to go chase Zeke. Even little things like closing the door before I put Zari down for a nap, so Zeke won't come in and wake her up. Or how he'd get so excited to see her when she woke up from a nap and started to make noises on the monitor.

    I keep expecting him to come around the corner or down the stairs.

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  23. I am sorry to hear of your loss.

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  24. Jen.b.in.az4/7/08, 2:01 AM

    Oh, I'm so so sorry Rixa! And Eric, and Zari :(
    We all loved Zeke, in his brief visits running around our IC house and exploring our yard. The girls fondly remember him too. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

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  25. I'm an assistant in a huge vet emergency hospital in Southern Ontario, as soon as I saw this my heart stopped.

    I'm so sorry. :(

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  26. i am so sorry for your loss. hang in there. i love the pictures you have. Zari will remember.

    tabitha, not karl

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  27. Oh, Rixa. I am so sorry. You know how much we loved Zeke. We will really miss him.

    MT

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  28. Oh Rixa, I'm so, so sorry. I remember what an exuberant and friendly dog he was. My thoughts are with you three.

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  29. I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know what we'd do if we lost our yellow lab. He was close by for both births and treats Roan so protectively. I can't count how many times i've looked over and Roan's sitting on his head and Guinness just takes it so patiently.

    Zeke is beautiful, I'm glad you have so many great pictures of him

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  30. Oh my goodness I'm so so so sorry!!! So sorry. So sorry for Zeke, and the rest of your family. I hope Eric is okay, that must have been really terrible. Hugs to you all. He was such a great wonderful dog.

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  31. God Bless you and your family right now. So sorry.

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  32. Rixa, Eric and Zari,

    I am so sorry to hear about Zeke. What a wonderful tribute you have given him. I remember the loss of my childhood dog like the loss of a brother. . . My prayers are with you.

    Love, Chalice

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  33. I'm so so sorry. I teared up reading your post. It hurts so much to lose a pet, it's almost just like losing a human family member...

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  34. Oh, Rixa.

    I'm so sorry.

    You, Eric, and Zari are in my thoughts.

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  35. i am so so sad to read this. i'm really sorry. xo

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  36. Rixa,

    My beloved beagle, Brooklyn was hit by a car in 2000. It was a terrible time and I really understand your pain.

    In time there is healing.

    Randie

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  37. I am so sorry your family lost Zeke. Looks like he was wonderful with your daughter. I know he will be greatly missed by you all.

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  38. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. We had a very similar experience with our dogs, just one year ago next week. It's a very tough experience. They bring so much to our lives. So glad you have so many great pictures of Zeke. You will cherish those for years to come.

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  39. im so sorry for your loss!

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  40. I'm so sorry Rixa. :-(

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  41. I'm so sorry Rixa. I hope your Zeke finds our little Chili dog wherever it is that lovely dogs go when they die.
    Lots of love to all three of you!
    Xx Morag

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