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Remembering Leader Dog Zoe

March 15, 2017


Remembering, with Love and Honor, Leader Dog Zoe


(April 23, 2007-March 16, 2016)


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



If I were a sculptor,

I would have chiseled

into a block of marble

a lasting monument

to you and your beautiful ways.


If I were a painter of canvas,

I would have re-created

your portrait as you always sat

in your princes, posture-perfect pose.


If I were a skilled photographer,

I would have captured your likeness–

mid-stride, your harness up,

your head held high and proud

to be in the lead.


If I were a painter

with water colors …

oh, but I have painted you

a thousand times

with water-color tears–

pictures developed only in my mind:

the painful hours and moments of your unexpected final day,

the precious and blessed years

that you

generously and lovingly

shared with me.


Since I am not an artist,

I have crafted only words for you

during this past measured year,

these last twelve months,

these fleeting fifty-two weeks,

these recent 365 days–

without you

at my lead

or beside me.


To give tribute

to your greatness,

I could only dedicate

a small book to you,

dedicate this blog to you,

remember you

and thank you

at the highest altitude

of gratitude,

tonight and always.



In loving memory of my third Leader Dog, Zoe,

who passed away one year ago

at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016,

at our home in Milwaukee–

Alice and Willow, my fourth Leader Dog


March 15, 2017, Wednesday



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  1. mfanyo permalink

    Dear Alice,
    Sympathy cards often read “Words cannot express. . .” But your words do express so beautifully your great love for Zoe and your deep sorrow at her loss. I am so sorry that Zoe is no longer at your side, but I know that she will always be in your heart.
    With love and sympathy,

  2. Sue McKendry permalink

    Alice–Thank goodness you are not a sculptor, artist, or photographer, because your “water-color tears” turned into this beautiful tribute to Zoe are words that we can each interpret in our own minds. You have created not one image, but as many as the people who read the words. I am lucky to remember Zoe’s beauty and have photographs of her as well, but believe me, I saw her with different eyes when I read this today.–Sue

  3. Alice, what a loving tribute. You’re in my thoughts today.

  4. Alice, your tribute to Zoe is just as lovely as she was. Zoe was gone too soon, but in her abbreviated time, she made a lasting impression on everyone that she met. We are thinking of you today on the anniversary of your loss. – Jenna, Nick, and Harper

    • Jenna and Nick–Thanks for commenting. Of course, I will never forget all that the two of you did to help me one year ago tonight. I am so sorry that you lost your Midnight too soon, also, this past year.

      Thanks always–Alice and Willow

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