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December 6, 2008

Remembering Zeffie

Filed under: Personal — myminizoo @ 3:02 pm



Sadly, my childhood dog, Zeffie passed away this weekend at my parents home. She was 13 years old. I was very saddened by the news. Zeffie was my first dog, the dog I first trained and the dog that really sparked my interest in dogs. She was a determined Siberian Husky with a mind of her own, but also a soft side. She showed up on our doorstep when I was about 11 and refused to leave. She seemed to know that this was were she wanted to be. We placed lost dog ads and posters, but to no avail. It looked like she was there to stay. She was my dog until I left for Montreal about 4 years ago. I felt the change from country to city life would be much for her as she was getting older. She lived a happy free life roaming my parents farm, and I didnt want to take that away from her.

I have many happy memories of her life. She was an a dog with a unique personality. She was quite independent, but would occasionally come over for a pet and put her head on you. She was a challenge to train, you couldnt force her to do anything, she had a mind of her own. That is, until I discovered treats! She promptly learned how to speak, play dead and spin in addition to all the normal commands. We used to go on long walks together, and she would always be about 20 feet ahead doing her own thing. The best memory I have is when I tried to train her to carry a pack on hikes. When we came to the first hill she stopped at the bottom and barked, refusing to come up!

Though its hard to let her go, I am happy that she is at peace now.  I know she lived the best life, and died quietly in her bed. You can’t ask for much more.

 I will never forget her.



  1. Shocked & saddened to hear about Zephie, who sometimes followed me up the hill, to her second home, where I ALWAYS gave her treats. I loved her so much, & I don’t love dogs, as a rule, only cats. bob & I will remember her for the rest of our lives, and we loved her dearly

    Comment by daria mansfield — December 7, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  2. Aww, sweet picture. She sure was lucky to have you for an owner.You made the best decision to leave her on the farm–she had a great life! We’ll remember her fondly.

    Comment by Aimee — December 7, 2008 @ 3:46 am

  3. Miranda, I too was sad about Zeffie. She was such a great dog. It was hard to see her so not herself on our last visit. I’m just glad that she died naturally, and didn’t seem to be in so much pain. You can’t ask for more. We will remember her

    Comment by tellesca — December 16, 2008 @ 3:44 am

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