My Dog Taught Me So Many Things

Our family German Shepard, Zorro, was diagnosed with blood cancer in June and fought a hard battle, but he lost on Thursday night and passed away. I have owned about 14 dogs in my life, but none better then Zorro. He had a great heart and soul. He was a selfless companion and one I had many conversations with about Aegis.

I love the fact that we encourage families and residents to bring pets to our communities. Sometimes their dog, cat or bird is their only friend at the end of their life.

Zorro taught me so many things in the nine years we were together .  Here are a few….

  • That the beach is a place to run with wild enthusiasm
  • That you don’t have to bite people to let them know you are serious
  • That pure stature can be imposing
  • That a good sigh can command a room’s attention
  • That you need to stop and smell the flowers and the grass and the weeds and the…..
  • That the best of friends just listen without judgment
  • That a nudge of the nose and wet kiss can warm the heart
  • That you protect those you love with a fierce growl
  • To smile and get giddy when babies come around
  • To slow your best friends down
  • That you never, ever leave the side of those you love no matter what
  • That burps after a great meal are ok
  • That a long nap in the afternoon is great medicine
  • That morning stretching is essential

Thanks for reading and thanks for your thoughts about Zorro.



  1. Dion
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Zorro, and what a nice tribute. Well written and what a reminder of how important the little things are in life.

  2. Dorothy L Cadiz
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I am very sorry about your dog zorro, i have a dog too her name is pia and we love her very much i have no idea what will i do if she goes away too…..

      Posted August 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for you loss of a true companion. Growing up we had a true mini person named Max. He was a dashshund with personality like Zorro. He will always be in our thought and memorys of all the funny stuff he used to do. its been 46 years and I still remember making him his home out of a box when my mom brought him home. He was my mom buddy and companion,and my mom talks about Max stories all the time when our family gets together.

  3. Jim Garner
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    It was a pleasure to meet your Zorro. We were so fortunate to be able to photograph him in his final week. He was clearly very ill but his spirit showed through that day and certainly does in the photos. We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. Susanna
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    So sorry for your loss, Dwayne. Zorro truly was such a beautiful and gentle soul. I’m glad I got a chance to meet him. A great article.

  5. Irene Olson
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I still remember when you and Terese first acquired Zorro. As your Executive Assistant at the time, I made a visit to your house to drop off some paperwork of some sort. Zorro greeted me at the door…yowza, usually the sight of a German Shepherd would send me running. But Zorro wasn’t very convincing because he held some sort of squeaky stuffed toy in his mouth as he approached me. I figured it was probably safe to enter his domain – and of course it was.

    I’m sorry for the loss of Zorro. It hurts to lose those that we love.

  6. Glen Lewis
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink


    I had not reviewed your blog when I met you. Had I, I would have said my condolences in person. I so much appreciate your comments about Zorro. You are so correct, they teach us all how to be better in our lives. I know it is months later, but I am sorry to hear of your loss. My dog, Brody, has changed my life in every way. I was touched and moved by this piece of honest sharing about a strong relationship between and man and his dog. Zorro will always be a part of your life! It hurts, but to love with reckless abandon always will when they leave our lives.

    Take care!

  7. Linda Guy-Tavares
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    We lost our Yorkie, Nani the Friday after Thanksgiving this year. Nothing prepares us for how that loss feels. I am sorry for your loss, and grieve for my own. Thanks for the wonderful list of things Zorro helped you to learn. Nani taught me so much about how to love.. and about unconditional love.. and my list is long as well.. with other things. I wish you peace and love at this Christmas time as we work through the loss of our fur people.

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