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Happy Tail: A dad with Alzheimer’s gets a ‘miracle dog’


Brenda from Gadsden, Ala., sends us this touching Happy Tail about how the dog she rescued gives comfort and companionship to her dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease:

zeke photo.jpgI found a picture of Zeke while looking through Petfinder for an available dog in the Gadsden area. He looked so pitiful, I wanted him immediately.

While I was at work, my parents went to the Humane Society of Etowah County to adopt him as a birthday gift for me. Poor Zeke was a basket case — so afraid that he wouldn’t even look at them and just sat in Mom’s lap shaking. She wanted him on the spot!

After the paperwork was completed, he was off to the vet for his “surgery.” Finally on Saturday we were able to pick him up and bring him home.

Though he was a birthday gift for me, Zeke had other ideas. He decided from day one that he was my dad’s dog. He followed him everywhere!

Two years later, Zeke is still skittish and afraid of a great many
things, but he’s still devoted to his “Big Buddy.” They sleep together,
eat at the same time, go out and walk in the yard dozens of times a day
and never miss an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. My
dad’s Alzheimer’s has slowed significantly, and we give credit to our
little miracle dog, Zeke.

From being a scared, shaking bag of
bones, he has become a “big” boy, capable of keeping the entire
backyard free of those dreaded chipmunks!

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