I attended a ‘homecoming party’ for Zeus on Saturday July 7. Henry McCaskill, his owner, said he was doing fine.Zeus is a perfect gentleman! There was a table with hot dogs, potato salad, and a table of home-baked cookies and pastries. Zeus never tried to steal one, never begged food from the guests. He wandered around the carport greeting everyone, and doing the Doberman-lean. His 3 y/o best buddy, a little boy, was so glad to have Zeus home. Zeus will have a scar in his upper cheek below his right eye from the entry wound. The bullet passed thru neck skin, and lodged in his right shoulder. He had only a slight limp at the party, and had little damage to his jaw; I believe he lost a couple of teeth.(He had no trouble eating dog biscuits!) Someone asked Henry if Zeus had problems with loud sounds, and he said no. Someone also asked if Zeus seemed to fear the spot in the backyard where he was shot. Henry said when Zeus first got home, he went out in the yard, sniffed around,and pooped on the area where he was shot! Henry and his family had all of the Get Well cards sent to Zeus on display, along with the Certificate of Commendation that DPC of Louisiana presented to him. Someone had done a beautiful pencil sketch of Zeus from one of the newspaper pics,and presented it, beautifully framed, to Henry. Local TV stations covered the party.
The Humane Society of Louisiana, a local group, had started a fund for Zeus’ follow-up medical care. Someone had donated the 75% of the surgery cost needed for the surgery to go ahead early the next morning after the story was on the 10pm news. And when I was at the clinic that morning to drop off a donation, people kept coming in to donate. So the surgery costs were covered. Any funds that HSUL raised that will not be needed for any follow-up care will be used to start a Zeus Medical Fund to help other dogs in the future.
Henry and his family kept saying they will never be able to fully thank everyone who helped.