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Zac – How It All Began <3

December 9th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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This is the first I ever saw of Zac – and it was love at first sight <3

Zac - How It All Began

Zac – How It All Began

In March 2013 his foster Mom had posted this picture of Zac on facebook accompanied by a text with roughly the following meaning:

“This is Zac, a handsome young male, almost a year old. After an accident he is three-legged but faster than any four-legged dog.
Active, funny, well behaved, lives in a mixed pack with a toddler, and is looking for his own home with loving, understanding and confident people.
Zac has no problem with his missing leg, and you shouldn’t either. Amazing and extraordinary dog is looking for active fun people.”

A friend of mine was sharing this post – that’s how I came across it – and I KNEW this was MY dog! <3
I am a certified riding instructor for people with handicaps, and even though I am not practicing at the moment I knew he would be the perfect inspiration for anybody with physical struggles – just from the picture I could sense what a happy and content dog he was! 🙂

The only problem: Zac was located in Germany at that time (he had been rescued from Greece and had made his way to Germany) – so my biggest concern was that they would not send him off to me to Canada without being able to inspect my home!

So I gave EVERYTHING, trying to explain why I NEEDED this dog, and telling them all about me, sent videos of me training my horses, offering unlimited references, etc. 😛
Then I was biting my nails for two days until I finally got a response – Zac was going to come live with me in Canada! YAY !!! :o))
Needless to say: I was ECSTATIC!

So about 2 weeks later I went to Germany to pick him up.
When I first met him I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t recognize me – I was the girl who had been thinking about him ENDLESSLY over the last 14 days !! – but of course he had no clue who I was 😛
He also was very hesitant getting into my rental – he didn’t think that was the right thing to do – but within 24 hours he clued in that I was his new Momma, and I could have him off leash and he would listen fairly well – as well as one can expect from a 10 months old pup 😉

Here are some pictures of our adventures in Germany before we took our flight home a week after I picked him up:

We immediately started our crate training to make sure he would be comfortable in it during his 10 hour flight …

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He spent all his nights (about 6?) and enjoyed all his meals in his crate …

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… and it worked like a charm :o)

This is at the airport on the morning of our flight, waiting at the check-in counter for the animal people to pick him up <3
Zac is the bestest puppy in the world! 🙂

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But before we came home we actually did a little bit of sight-seeing in Germany – we were driving 2600 kms in 6 days before it was time to head to Frankfurt airport 😛
Zac was a GREAT traveler – the bestest puppy one could wish for! <3

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Big Soda cup for Momma, small water cup for Zac <3

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We went to see the ocean …

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… and went for a walk along the dikes :o)

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We visited a friend on her dairy farm …

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… and we even helped her milk her cows! 🙂

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Zac was the GREATEST sport – no matter what I threw at him …

He IS the BESTEST puppy in the world! <3
(Sorry if I’m kind of repetitive – 😛 )

I was the happiest Momma in the world during the flight back home <3
(And still am !!! :o)) )

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • harmony

    I absolutely loved looking at all these pictures and reading Zac’s story. You are both so fortunate to find each other.

    I can’t get over how much he looks like my Harmony. Just makes my heart go thumpity-thump!

    <3

    Pam and Halo'd Harmony

  • CooperCinta

    What an amazing story! And here was me, Cooper, thinking I had traveled far from Georgia to Montreal, Canada! Zac has logged more miles than I have!

    So, so, so inspiring!

    Hugs from A Montreal Hound!

    http://coopercinta.tripawds.com/

    Cooper

  • jerry

    WOW! What a story!!!! OH my gosh a world travelin’ Tripawd, the first ever. Your dog-u-mentary is so adorable, and really conveys the love you have for this boy. Congratulations on finding your heart-dog halfway around the world. He’s now worked his way into our hearts too!

  • Zac And Layla

    Thank you for your kind words 🙂
    Yes, I am lucky to have found him, and I’d like to believe he happy with his Mom as well 😛
    We’re happy to find some fellow Canadian pups on here <3
    Yes, Zac is a world traveler – but so is his sis – I just published her story …

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