Goodbye to our boxer boy, Zeke.

We got Zeke in December 2001 when he was 5 weeks old. We had been trying to have a baby for awhile and couldn’t so we said “Let’s just get a puppy.” We had just bought our first house and decided to go for it.  I had been circling boxer “ads” in the Pennysaver and leaving them open on the kitchen counter as a hint to my husband. LOL One day he came home with a a puppy. He was tiny.  The runt and also the cheapest one.  When they said “clearance puppy” in Marley and Me, we all looked at each other like “hey, we have one of those!” He instantly was like our kid, slept in our bed, sat next to us on the couch, and went in the car to “grandma’s house.”

Two months after we got him, I turn up pregnant.  I remember housetraining a puppy with chronic morning (all day!) sickness was not fun. But he was always an awesome dog, even when the baby came (and even when he chewed a container of greasy Lansinoh breast cream all over our brand new carpet!)  He was never weird with Jevin (our son) at all.  He instantly took backseat a little bit and was still happy. Even when Daphne came and he got booted from our bed to a dog bed on the floor next to the bed.

He would have made 10 years old in October.  About a year ago he started limping his back foot.  Turns out he had degenerative myelopathy, a spine disorder that eventually causes paralysis in the hind legs. It got worse and worse, he had to be carried up the stairs and lost bowel control. He just looked so pitiful, poor guy.  Today I had to take him in and he died in my arms.  It’s been a tear filled day here in the Hayes house. He was definitely a good boy! Picture from this morning.


  1. Holly said . . .

    So sorry, Des. Will be thinking of you and your family. What an awesome companion Zeke was <3

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
  2. shastina said . . .

    sending you and your family tons of love and support…

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Corey said . . .

    {{{{hugs}}}} I am so sorry, Des. :(

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink
  4. cophia said . . .

    I’m sorry to hear your lost your furbaby. It sounds like he lived a long and wonderful life in your home. This post brought a tear to my eye.

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink
  5. dalia said . . .

    I am so sorry Desi!!

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink
  6. ASHLEIGH said . . .

    I am so sorry to hear this. That photo is so heart wrenching… and I know that pain all too well. I hope the kids are taking it as best as they ca (mom and dad too!)

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
  7. Mara said . . .

    So sorry Desiree :(. Animals really do become a part of the family and when their time comes to go, that makes it so hard. It sounds like you have lots of wonderful memories of him ( and I am sure wonderful photos too!)

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink
  8. Andrea Worley said . . .

    so sorry to hear about your puppy! i know what it’s like to lose a pet they become such BIG parts of your family. praying for yours today…..

    Posted August 6, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink
  9. Jan said . . .

    I am SO sorry, Des! I always loved looking at images of your gorgeous boy.

    Posted August 6, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink
  10. Lori said . . .

    I have been following your blog for about a year now and just love your photos! SOOO sorry for the loss of your furkid…we have a boxer also and wouldn’t trade her for the world!!! “HUGS”

    Posted August 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  11. Tina stinson said . . .

    Des, I am so sorry. :( what a relationship you had, it is so amazing to see such love but also heartbreaking in the end. Hang in there, Tina

    Posted August 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  12. Kim said . . .

    So, so sorry, I feel your pain, I lost my angel puppy cocker spaniel of 18 years 2 months ago, I just happened upon your blog today when I have been thinking about my Baci all day. Just remember your dog didn’t like you sad so be happy for him. That always helped me.

    Posted August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
  13. Mona said . . .

    What a treasured photo! I love your work so I follow your blog. Sorry to read about your pup. Losing a pet (family member) is never easy. Take care!

    Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink
  14. Tracey said . . .

    I am so so very sorry for your loss! I know the pain of having a furry member of the family pass away in your arms. It is incredibly hard.

    Posted August 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  15. kim hayes said . . .

    what a horrible coincidence that our sweet pups died the same day. lincoln had similar problem with his hind legs, although he had a tumor growing throughout his spine that left him w/out use of his back legs and bladder. :( Zeke looked like a sweet boy!

    Posted August 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  16. Keri Bryant said . . .

    Oh DES I am am so so so sorry. I am sending hugs from the east coast to u. I love my lab Bella Like she came outta me. Hugs to ur kids and Hubbie too. There is nothing like a dogs love.
    “if there are no dogs in heaven then when I die I wanna go where he goes. ”
    - will Rogers.

    Posted August 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

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