Meet Zeus – the sweetest and kindest puppy. Besides all his fine qualities, visible to the naked eye, he has one hidden shortcoming. It is called mega-esophagus – a dilated gullet. This (in his case) is an inherited, untreatable condition that prevents food and water from reaching the stomach. They are regurgitated back through the mouth, before they have done their job – to feed and satisfy thirst.
For this reason Zeus must eat small amounts of blended food, at least 4 times a day. Not just as a baby. Forever. He has a special chair that keeps him upright whilst fed and 20 minutes after that. Since his gullet cannot make the “delivery” itself – we have to let gravity do the work instead.
It’s pretty much the same situation with the water, only the chair doesn’t help – it still climbs back up and leaves the stomach. So, we make him a jelly water that protects him from the thirst. The worst part is that, no matter what is done, the threat of getting food into his lungs will always be hanging above him. And that is the reason Zeus cannot be left alone – he needs to have his person always, to help if help is needed.
We understand that many people will see Zeus as a nice accessory. They will look at his sweet face and say “I want it” without fully understanding the responsibility that goes with him.
To many people Zeus will be just another sick little puppy. They will sigh “oh, the poor little thing” and forget all about him.
But we are hoping that at least one person will see Zeus through the eyes of his foster parent and say “I want him to be my dog and I will care about him from today until forever!”
Here is what his foster has to say:
“Many puppies have grown before my eyes – my own dogs, fostered dogs, the shelter puppies. So, when I say that Zeus is the most amazing one of them, this statement has a great value. Yes, he is ill, but he compensates that fact with an amazing life enthusiasm, love that melts your heart and a wisdom that can only come from suffering, a wisdom that is so no suited for a 40-day-old pup. It is not easy to put his polite little boredom sighs when it has been half an hour on the chair in words. I can’t describe his smile when he wakes up and sees I am there with his sleepy little eyes. These things cannot be seen, they can only be felt. There are dogs that can put a spell on you. And Zeus is their mentor. I feel honored and privileged to be able to spend time with him until his true human friend shows up.”
We have sought the opinions of some of the best doctors in the country, red hundreds of pages on the matter. So we will not give him to people who think “he will get better in time” or let less-experienced doctors experiment surgeries on him. Zeus can live a totally normal and full life (both as quality and longitude). That is, as long as there is someone out there who would accept him the way he is and care for him with great, great love.