She loved walking this particular black Doberman. Zack was his name and he was a senior citizen. The shelter was not sure how old he was, but assumed he was around twelve years. It was quite unlikely that he would ever be adopted and Rochelle knew what his demise would be. Her soft spot for dogs, especially Dobermans, drove her to find Zack a home -- her own, of course.
It was obvious that Zack had health issues but Rochelle and Thomas wanted to give him the best chance of living the remainder of his life with a loving family.
Louie adopted Zack and wouldn't leave his side
Zack had a terrible habit of whining at a very high pitch. Possibly it was a language that only Louie understood, but it was so irritating that we often had to put Zack in a room and close the doors. The pitch of the whine hurt human ears.
This drove Louie insane because he HAD to be with Zack in that room. He would join in the chorus until he was allowed to be with Zack.
"Zack! If you don't stop that whining, you are going to get a bath!" That seemed to work most of the time and he would stop until..... he forgot the threat and it would start all over again.
Zack was insanely jealous and protective of Rochelle
The shelter was not sure what Zack's history was, but it was apparent that a lot of money had been spent on his care. He was dropped off at the front door of the shelter without any indication of his former home.
The vet who examined him said he had a metal plate for a leg. This would have been an expensive operation indicating his owner had cared for him but, for whatever reason, could not keep him any longer.
He was obsessed with tennis balls and would chew on them until they popped and then want another. Perhaps this was a way to relieve his frustration -- whatever that might have been.
After he passed away, we found 16 tennis balls hidden in various corners in the house.
Zack had four legs, but could only run on three
We only had him for two years. We would like to believe it was two of his happiest years. It was difficult for Louie when Zack left us. If Louie could talk, I am sure he would be able to enlighten us as to Zack's background and his most innermost thoughts.