Zane T: An Incredible Light That Dimmed Too Soon
Zane had the best life–the constant and sole companion of Denis for 12 years of his life. But then disaster struck when Denis died. Prospects for a 12 yr old German Shepherd, even one as fabulous as Zane, are not good. But Denis’ daughter would not give up, and she found the Thulani Program. We took Zane in, and immediately found Valerie and Dan A. who wanted to make Zane part of their family.
Zane found his salvation! Valerie and Dan doted over him, put up with his mild separation anxiety, reveled in his somewhat quirky behavior, loved him for everything he naturally was, and gradually convinced him that a wonderful new chapter had begun for him. And that was exactly the case for four glorious months. Zane settled in, gave his full love and attention to Valerie and Dan, especially Valerie who was with him constantly while Dan traveled for long periods. The stories that Valerie passed along were riveting, heartwarming, inspirational, and incredibly gratifying.
But then a short time ago, disaster struck again when Zane was diagnosed with an extremely fast moving and aggressive oral cancer. Although the news was devastating, Valerie and Dan dealt with it by emulating Zane–living ‘in the moment’, not dwelling on stories about tomorrow, and enjoying everything Zane was willing to grant them.
They let Zane go last week, but the pictures accompanying this tribute speak volumes of the devotion, the depth of the bond, the intensity of the relationship between Zane and Valerie and Dan, and the bittersweet joy that characterized this most intense final chapter of their relationship.
We should all grieve and exalt in this example of one of life’s most awe-inspiring events.
Fare thee well, Zane, and treasure your memories Valerie and Dan.