Good-bye to Zorro

Zorro

also known as

Z-man

Zorro-thustra (my favorite of his nicknames)

Zorro-man

Zee

The Zee

Janaki’s special names for him – Boo, Mr. B, Booger

When he smiled at the ladies – Smiler

I have no idea why I occsionally called him – Dork, Dorkas or Dor-qua

and in later years – Grumpus

when he woke up the morning, hair all mussed – Mr. Rumpleface

after a particularly rough vet appointment where he came home drugged and disheveled – Hobo-dog

and once, after licking my loaf of gluten-free bread – Rudey. He had never gone after human food before, so it was rather shocking but to his mind, I’d imagine, “Judd, I’m going to see eternity soon, so if I want bread, I’m licking the bread.”

We chased deer together and sat on the couch with his head on my leg. He ate food that I dropped and knew me well enough to know that between me and Janaki, the safer bet was on me dropping some tidbit from my plate, not because I wanted to give him human food but because I am the sloppier eater.

He let Janaki’s parents know that I was a nice guy who loves their daughter. He really did, no joke or mourning hyperbole there.

His deterioration seemed so slow when we were going through it with him but looking back, he got old in a frightening hurry. Eventually, he didn’t herd us to keep safe from wolves, didn’t enjoy being pet and didn’t enjoy running in the yard or even walking through prickly bushes so Janaki had to brush them out of his long, Kip Winger-like feathered hair.

This past weekend, Janaki made the decision after many phone calls to her sister and e-mails to her parents in India. She took care of him since he was a pup and when he became an old man, she did right by him and did everything she could for as long as she could. Her efforts astounded everyone who witnessed them.

He died in her living room, with his head on his paws, sleeping soundly, relaxed in a way that he had not been in months. We were petting him and crying when he shuddered and left.

We miss him.

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50 thoughts on “Good-bye to Zorro

  1. Condolences. The loss of a pet is a difficult time, much more difficult than those without pets would guess. Still, it sounds like he had a good life and a good death. We should be thankful for that at least.

  2. Condolences. The loss of a pet is a difficult time, much more difficult than those without pets would guess. Still, it sounds like he had a good life and a good death. We should be thankful for that at least.

  3. Condolences. The loss of a pet is a difficult time, much more difficult than those without pets would guess. Still, it sounds like he had a good life and a good death. We should be thankful for that at least.

  4. Condolences. The loss of a pet is a difficult time, much more difficult than those without pets would guess. Still, it sounds like he had a good life and a good death. We should be thankful for that at least.

  5. First, my heart goes out to you. This ain’t an easy thing.

    Second, Judd, I want you to write my obituary when the time comes. Because there is no greater honor you could have given to Zorro than to write a post that helped every single one of us get to know the guy and fall in love with him in the space of a few heartfelt paragraphs, so that we would then feel the impact of his passing.

    Thanks for sharing that.

    Mick

  6. First, my heart goes out to you. This ain’t an easy thing.

    Second, Judd, I want you to write my obituary when the time comes. Because there is no greater honor you could have given to Zorro than to write a post that helped every single one of us get to know the guy and fall in love with him in the space of a few heartfelt paragraphs, so that we would then feel the impact of his passing.

    Thanks for sharing that.

    Mick

  7. I’m approaching this same thing with one of my own dogs – and thank you for posting something so beautiful about Zorro that it’s going to be a tiny bit easier for me when the time comes.

    I wish I’d known him. He sounds like a glorious dog.

  8. Our lives are worthy when we have had a pet who was happy to be with us.

    I didn’t know Zorro, but it sounds like he had a great life, and I know that like any dog the thing that makes a dog the happiest is seeing his owners happy. 🙂

  9. So sorry. 😦

    My parents just put down their dog, who was still partly my dog, so reading this made me a little weepy again. It’s never easy, even when ya see it coming.

    Great good-bye note.

    • Thank you. This post got thrown back in the feed because I had to clean up some comments that got duplicated 5 times when I migrated from livejournal.

      But thanks for the kind thought.

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