Pet of the Week: Elderly Zeus seeking home to spend retirement

Zeus, a 14-year-old collie/retriever/setter mix, is available for adoption at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester. Brad Fauber/Daily

WINCHESTER – Zeus is quite a bit older than the average canine resident at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

At 14 years old, the collie/retriever/setter mix is well into the later stage of his life, and now Zeus is seeking a home to live out the remainder of his retirement years.

Once an adoptee of the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, Zeus was surrendered back to the facility about a week ago. Judy Myers, an animal caretaker at the shelter, said Zeus’ previous owner cited the dog’s diminishing eyesight as the primary reason for his return to the shelter.

“They said he sees shadows but I think his eyes are better than the previous owner thought they were,” Myers said.

Despite his limited eyesight, Zeus still moves well, although Myers said the dog will require some extra attention at times, particularly if left free to roam outside.

“If they didn’t have like a fenced in area, that would be a concern for him, you know, wandering off,” Myers said.

Myers said Zeus would fit in well in just about any home. With his previous home, Zeus lived with a family that had children as well as other dogs and cats. Myers called Zeus a “family pet” that was friendly with all members of his previous household.

“I would say he’d be a good family dog,” Myers said.

Zeus is up to date on all of his vaccinations, although one employee at the shelter said the dog’s new owner would have to “keep an eye on the older guy things.”

For more information on the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, which is located at 161 Fort Collier Road in Winchester, visit the facility’s website http://tinyurl.com/qz4sqg3. The shelter also can be reached by calling (540) 667-9192.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com