Hanging In There…..

Lucky and I relaxing in the grass.

Although our family misses Zeus terribly, we are hanging in there….. Our house seems empty and quiet, but we are trying to keep busy and continue on like we know we have to. Lucky has also been missing Zeus a lot too. He looks for Zeus every time he goes outside and doesn’t want to go out without him. He also is not wanting to eat without Zeus eating too. He has been laying in Zeus’ bed all curled up and looking sad too. It will take time for him to get through this loss just like it will us. We have been doing things for Lucky to try to make this easier for him and in the process help ourselves too. I took Lucky to Pet Smart last Sunday to pick out a new toy and boy was he excited! he got some treats and we saw Laura there, she used to do Zeus’ nails and she knows Lucky too. Laura Showered Lucky with attention and love and he gave it right back to her. While we were at Pet Smart, I also fitted Lucky for a seat belt and tested it out on the way home. It worked great and he didn’t mind it at all. If you have a dog, I reccomend getting a seatbelt for them to keep them and yourself safe while driving!

Later that evening, Lucky was nice enough to accompany me through the drive through at KFC to pick up my dinner even though I wouldn’t let him have any. The next morning, Craig and I took Lucky to Chaps Feed to get cat food and Lucky got to pick out a new bone. Of course everyone there had to give him treats. I think he ate about five of them.

Monday, Craig and I went to Meijer to get groceries and we saw a nice bed on sale for $23.99 that was perfect for Lucky. We decided to pick it up for our little guy and see what he thought about it when we got home. At night, Lucky used to sleep with Zeus in Zeus’ bed in the living room. The first few nights I slept on the couch to be close to Lucky and to Zeus’ memory. I didn’t want Lucky to feel all alone sleeping by himself in the livingroom without Zeus, so we put his new bed in our bedroom next to my side of the bed. We weren’t sure he would sleep there, but were surprised because he slept in it all night! I would allow him to sleep in bed with us, but our bed is really high from the floor and Lucky likes to chase our kitties. I am afraid he will take a flying leap off the bed running after one of the cats onto the hard wood floors and hurting himself. I never could get Zeus on the bed because of how high it is, he would never do it. Lucky doesn’t mind being up there, I just worry about him jumping off. Anyone have any ideas on this? I would love to hear them and maybe come up with a solution so he can snuggle with me at night. Until then he is happy and cozy in his new bed next to me at night.

Lucky and I have also resumed our daily walks, he seems happy about this and I think getting him out of the house and into the fresh air is doing us both a lot of good. For the last 4-6 weeks, we haven’t been able to walk much because Zeus wasn’t up to it. I couldn’t take Lucky and not Zeus. I think getting back into the walking habit is good for both of us and I swear every once in a while I feel like Zeus is right there walking with us…..


Our Family…..

Here are our family photos that a good friend of ours took for us. It was really hard to choose my favorites. She took about 500 pictures, so trying to choose about 50 to post was not easy. We hope you like them as much as we do! Sorry it has taken me so long to post these, I have been so busy with vet appointments, work, school, and homework. I feel like I have been neglecting my blog, but no matter how hard I work to get things done for a little extra free time, something seems to always come up and I just don’t have the time to make a post.

Our handsome boy Zeus…. He is the love of my life!

Zeus looking cute.

When ever I talk to Zeus he tilts his head like he is really trying to figure out what I am saying…. He has done this since he was a puppy, it is so cute and something I love about him.

I have tried saying off the wall stuff to see if he was tilting his head like this because of key words that he knows, but realized that he tilts his head no matter what I say. I have even spelled mississippi to him and he looks at me like this, tilting his head like I am saying something super important and he is really trying to figure it out.

I love talking to Zeus because he listens to what I have to say and looks so cute while he is doing it.

Did you say treat?

What are you talking about mom? It must be something good that I would love if you are telling me about it!

Six years old and Zeus still has a puppy face….

I love this photo of Zeus. He is such a beautiful dog!

Zeus is a such a lucky boy…… So many people love and adore him!

Our little Lucky Monkey….. He is a mixed breed and we don’t know what he is mixed with, but we think he is a beautiful dog. I love his brindle coat and his happy go lucky spirit!

This is one of my favorite photos of Lucky and I love that you can read his name tag too. Our friend Gina did a wonderful job taking photos of him, he is full of energy and it is not easy to get him to sit still.

Lucky wearing his quarter bark jersey…. Super cute!

Me walking my boy….

Zeus is really good when I take him for walks.

Because of Zeus’ auto immune disease, he can only handle short walks and some days he is limping too much to walk at all. I hope once we get him on the proper medication and treatments, he will be able to enjoy more walks and longer ones too.

My husband Craig and his boy Zeus.

Me and my wonderful boy Zeus!

My boy Zeus and I…. I wouldn’t trade him for the world!

All of the medical issues he has, and he is still a happy boy…. He is full of love for everyone!

All of the time and money we have spent due to his medical issues, every minute and penny have been worth it every bit….. We would do it all over again for him if we had to!

We are so greatful to all the amazing people who have helped us and are continuing to help us raise funds to help our wonderful boy….. Without the help we have been so blessed with, I don’t know if Zeus would have been here to have these photos taken….. Thank you for your help!

Zeus loves getting his picture taken…. Any time the camera comes out, I swear he puts a huge smile on his face!

Such a happy boy!

Beware!!!! The most dangerous part of Zeus’ body is his tounge….. He loves to give big, strong kisses….. You may actually drown in slobber!

I love Zeus’ kisses so much! On kiss makes everything worth it!

My husband Craig, Zeus, and I…

I love snuggling with Zeus and hugging him because there is so much of him to hug!

Craig and I showering Zeus with attention….. Zeus loves it when we do that!

Taking Lucky for a walk…. His favorite thing in the whole world!

Lucky is really good on his walks and he could walk forever! I swear this boy never gets tired!

I wish I could walk both of our boys together, but they are crazy when they are together on a walk…. I can’t handle both of them at the same time, so I walk them individually.

Walking my boys takes a good hour and a half….. One hour to walk to walk Lucky and half an hour to walk Zeus….

Happy, happy boy!

I love going for walks with Lucky and seeing him so happy! That makes me happy too!

Me and my Lucky Monkey!

Getting Lucky to sit still for these photos was not easy… He loves to snuggle, but not until he is super tired…..

Such a happy boy and full of energy!

Lucky is so funny and brings so much joy to our family! I couldn’t imagine life without them….. How boring that would be!

Lucky and I relaxing in the grass.

Our photos turned out great! I love them and am planning to get some framed to hang in the house.

Craig with his little man….

Happy boys!

Smile pretty!

Lucky looks sooooo happy in this photo!

I love this close up photo of Craig and Lucky!

We have the best dogs!

Craig, Lucky, and I…

Our family….

Me with my three favorite boys!

Lucky loves Zeus so much, it is super cute. He loves snuggling and playing with Zeus. He also loves to follow him around and copy him.

Missi, Craig, Zeus, and Lucky…. The Crowley Family!

I couldn’t ask for a better famiy!

Hoping we can enjoy many more laughs and wonderful times together!

We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we have, Thank you to all of you who are helping us save our boy Zeus! He wouldn’t be in these photos if it were not for all of you amazing, loving, caring people!

Love, Our Family

My Little Shadow

My sleeping little angle

My sleeping little angle

The bed shakes to the rhythm of a happily wagging tail; I feel eyes watching me along with hot panting breath in my face.  My eyes open slowly, taking their time to focus in the early morning light that streams softly through the window. The only thing I can see is the face of my sweet dog Lucky, gazing at me with a look of excitement as his tongue reaches out to lick my face. After he gives me what he considers morning kisses, he looks at me intently, tail still wagging with what looks like a smile on his face.  I stretch and look at the clock to see that it is a very early seven am. I look back at my furry friend who is still staring at me and waiting patiently with his head cocked to the side as if he is wondering why it is taking me so long to get out of bed. I reach up and scratch him behind the ear and he leans into my hand and his tail begins to wag faster thumping the mattress loudly.

With a yawn and a groan, I stumble to the kitchen and hear the sound of Lucky’s nails clicking the floor behind me as he follows at my heals. I flick the kitchen light on and it takes a moment for my eyes to adjust as I almost trip over the fur ball beneath my feet.  He sits patiently waiting next to me while I start my morning java and the coffee maker comes to life as I look down at my little friend, with his tail still wagging. As the most wonderful smell of my fresh brew creeps into my nostrils, I stagger to the back door and as I pull it open, a flash of brown blows past me and out the door. My little speed demon takes chase after a squirrel that I know he will never catch. With a smile on my face I head to the window to watch him fly through the yard and laugh when the squirrel makes a quick getaway and races up the telephone pole at the corner of the yard. The beeping of the coffee maker brings me back from my morning daze at the window and I pull my favorite mug from the cupboard. I take a nice big sip from my now steaming mug and take a moment to enjoy the wonderful taste, one of my simple joys in life. I know Lucky is waiting for me outside at the door and as I open it, he rushes in and is ready for his breakfast. He sits pretty and waits ever so patiently as I fix his meal and set the bowl in front of him. After my hungry boy gobbles down the kibble as fast as he can, he happily follows me in to the living room to catch a bit of the morning news.

Now that I am awake and my morning coffee has done its job, I walk to the bedroom with a spring in my step. As I fumble through the drawers to find something to wear, I can see out of the corner of my eye, the wagging tail of the little dog that followed me and is now watching me intently in the doorway. Once dressed, I go in search of the collar and leach that belongs to my crazy little friend. He follows me excitedly knowing full well that it is his walk time. He helps me locate the leash and collar, his tail wagging so furiously that his whole body wags along with it. Trying to control himself and not having much luck, he sits and waits for be to put his collar on as a bark escapes his mouth. Now that we are ready, He pulls me to the door and our adventure begins.

As our walk begins, Lucky has his nose to the ground, taking as many smells as he can. He walks fast as though he is on a mission and in a big hurry, looking up every few seconds to look for squirrels. He spots one and freezes as a whine escapes him; he cannot control his excitement and with all his mite darts off to chase it, but the leash catches him and stops him in his tracks. By the middle of the walk, he has now slowed down and is prancing with his nose in the air as if he is the envy of all other dogs. He pulls up alongside a fire hydrant and leaves his mark for all other dogs that walk by after him and we begin our last stretch and head in the direction of home. By this time, he seems a little tired out and is panting as his tongue hangs from his mouth.

Once home, my shadow of a dog drinks a bowl of water before following me downstairs to the laundry room where I throw a load of wash in the washing machine. I take the stairs two at a time back up stairs and start my cleaning as Lucky keeps up right behind me. The wagging tail thumps the floor while I clean the bathrooms, he lies sleepily on the hardwood floor in the kitchen while I clean and put dishes away. Cleaning the bedroom, I realize that making the bed could be a difficult job thanks to the 40 pound mutt deciding it would be great fun to lie in the middle of it as I try to make it around him.  I get the vacuum out, and he protectively growls at is as I plug it in and it roars to life. As I push this loud, heavy, sucking machine from room to room, my fierce attack dog continuously barks and lunges trying to bite it, then finally relaxes when the scary machine is turned off and returned back to the closet.

With a growling belly, I head to the kitchen and begin to make dinner as I catch a glimpse of my little brown dog watching me with hopeful eyes. As I cook, he lies by my feet watching and waiting for me to drop a morsel of food for him. I giggle at him as I drop a piece of cheese and pretend not to notice.  He inhales it and I am positive he hasn’t even tasted it! I finally sit down to my meal and my adorable little dog sits next to me pretending he is starving and acts like he hasn’t eaten in a week. I show him some tough love this time and refuse to give into him because he will get his dinner as soon as I finish mine.

Now that the house is clean, the laundry is done, the dinner mess is cleaned up, and we both have food in our bellies, it is time for some rest and relaxation. My furry friend and I make ourselves comfortable and cozy in the living room and find something on TV that we both can agree on. I pet my attention seeking pup for a few minutes and he falls asleep fast. He is a tired little guy who has had a long day following me around and helping me clean, cook, and get the laundry done. He has chased squirrels and protected me from the big mean vacuum and in his mind; his days’ work is done. This little lovable, faithful, protective, loyal, understanding, happy little dog is my shadow; He follows me everywhere he can and…… I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Please help us save Zeus!!!!

Our Rottweiler Zeus

Our wonderful, loving 6 year old Rottweiler Zeus, who has been with us since he was 7weeks old, was diagnosed this past May with a rare genetic disorder called Immune-Mediated Polyarthrisis. Sadly, an allergic reaction to antibiotics has caused his immune system to start attacking his joints causing him severe pain and making it very difficult for him to walk. Usually prednisone is used to control this disease because it depresses the immune system and at first is administered in a high dose, then lowered over a few months to a perminate low dose, administered every other day. Prednisone, when taken in high doses is not a good medication to be used long term because it can cause serious medical issues such as diabetes and Cushing’s disease among many other dangerous health issues. Zeus has been on a high dose of prednisone since the end of May and every time we try to lower his dose  to every other day, he relapses causing his doctors to believe there is another underlying issue along with the Immune-Mediated Pollyarthritis. Proper testing such as digital x-rays and joint taps, are extremely expensive, but also extremely important so that Zeus can receive proper treatment.

At this time, because we do not have the funds, we are keeping Zeus comfortable with a high dose of prednisone, which is the only thing that seems to be controlling his pain and enabling him to walk. With your help, we are hoping to raise enough money for these extensive tests and the treatment needed for him to live a happy, healthy, long life. I have started a fundraiser in hopes to raise enough money for his tests and proper treatment. I just can’t bare to sit back and wait until the day comes to put him down without doing everything I can to try to help and save him. I will be completely heartbroken if we lose him and am asking for your help, please visit our fundraising page at www.giveforward.com/SavingZeus and make a donation today.

If  Zues’ condition worsens and he passes away before we raise the funds for him, or if we do not raise enough for his tests and treatment, please know that the proceeds of this fundraiser will be donated to his veterinarian Dr. Steven Mantay, owner of Healthy Paws Veterinary Medical Center in Westland, Mi. to help another animal in desperate need of medical attention. But, please help us raise enough money to help Zeus before it is too late for him!

To make donations, give hugs, get updates, watch our progress, and to get information about upcoming events please check our fundraising page often at www.giveforward.com/SavingZeus, also join our group on face book called Saving Zeus where you can see posts and share comments .

Thank you for your support!


Bringing home our new rotti puppy Zeus…..

Who wants to shower me with love and kisses?

Zeus was born on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2006. We met our Rottweiler puppy for the first time when he was one week old, he was so small he could fit in the palm of my hand, his ears and his eyes were still closed and he seemed so tiny and helpless that first day. We visited every week, watching him grow and by the fourth week, had built a wonderful bond with him, he would follow me and lay in my lap for an afternoon snooze. I hated leaving him every week without bringing him home, but knew he still needed to be with his mama until he was eight weeks old. We visited once a week for a few hours every time. I couldn’t wait until the day came that we could finally bring Zeus home to join our family for the rest of his life.

On our seven week visit with our puppy Zeus we were surprised to learn that he could come home with us that day, one week early. I was so happy that we didn’t have to wait until the following week. We brought Zeus home and into our lives and our family fourth of July weekend and we couldn’t have been happier. He was a little bundle of joy weighing eleven and a half pounds. Who knew he would grow to be the one hundred forty pound gentle giant that he is now and that we love with all of our hearts.

Once in his new home, Zeus met our cats and he was so excited and wanted to play with them. Of course Jessie, Britt, and Bree had no idea what to think of him and ran for their lives. Apparently an adorable eleven pound puppy could be terrifying. Zeus was so sad every time one of the cats would run away that he would sit there and look at me whining like they really hurt his feelings. After a while, the cats came around and within a few weeks the cats and Zeus became fast friends. They now cuddle and often sleep together.

We rescued a puppy that we named Lucky when Zeus was two years old and Zeus took him in right from the start. They are now best friends and love each other so much. They play and dig in the back yard, together, and even sleep together. They get along great!  Zeus loves to clean Lucky’s ears to the point that they are dripping with slobber. They love to play go find it, a game that I invented, involving treats that I have hidden around the house and them finding them by using their noses to look under couch cushions, on window sills, and many more fun places. They love this game and I love watching them play it. It is really quite comical!

Today, both of our dogs are a big part of our lives, infact, I couldn’t imagine life without them and we love them so much, we  would do anything for either one of them. We hope to enjoy them for many, many, many years to come!