I knew that I had to do it. I knew it was time. The knowing didn't make it any easier though.
Today I let go of zuludog.ca. It has been my website domain for the past 13 years or so for the business I built around the name of the 'Best Dog Ever', Zulu. While the business hasn't been operating for the past five years, I hung on to the name, not wanting to let go. Again.
I found her in the fall of 1989. I was 22 and wanted a dog of my own. I remember going to the Winnipeg Humane Society with my mom, 'just to look'. We walked up and down the aisles of the mature dogs, unfortunately none of them connected with me. Then we went into the puppy room. I saw her right away, Our eyes were locked onto each other, me and an 8 week old confident ball of fluff and fury. I said to my mom, "She's the one, don't let anyone take her, I'll be right back!" That was it. I paid the $60 fee and took her home that day. She became Zulu.
She was with me for 16 years. She went everywhere with me. She pulled me through some dark times, but mostly we had tons of fun together. She was my studio dog, my driving partner, my defender and my soul dog. Losing her in 2005 was devastating for me in ways most people wouldn't understand. 15 years later it still tears me up when I think of it.
So even though I know it's time to retire zuludog.ca and create something new, it's not been an easy thing to do. I have a couple of photos of her on the pin board above my desk, I look at those photos often. When I look at the photos I know that the zuludog.ca may be going away, but the Zulu in my heart will be there forever.
Best Dog Ever. Miss you Bug!
In memory of Zulu
1989 - 2005