The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

The Princess Looks Back For The Last Time


The Help and I debated this one. Should we? Shouldn’t we? As some of you have found the ‘looking back’ series a little sad we didn’t want to add to the use of tissues but on the other hand we eventually concluded that we couldn’t leave him out.

In this final look back we are talking about Zac. My wonderful pal. The Help’s soulmate. The one who got us into this blogging world and the one who left us too early. Most of you know about Zac, many of you followed him before you got to know me. If you didn’t know him this is his first post: A Mongolian Terror Is Born. And if you choose to you can read about his life.

He was my uncle. His mother and her son were bred together and unfortunately as they already had some strong crossovers in their pedigree it was not a good decision. This is why Zac suffered with so many health issues through his life. Sadly the breeders continue to produce puppies from the mother and son.

Zac catching the summer sun

Zac catching the summer sun

That said, The Help and I would not have changed him for a moment. The Help had him for two years before I came along to join the family. Zac called her his Beloved. He and The Help were besotted with each other. It doesn’t make me jealous, I was besotted with him too πŸ™‚

And for the first two years he was very black, and then the grey started and by the time I came along he was already silver!

Zac with 'Big Dog', his favourite toy

Zac with ‘Big Dog’, his favourite toy

They say a picture is worth thousand words, so we are going to show you a few of our favourite pictures of the greatest furpup The Help has ever known.

But I want a game now!

But I want a game now!



He loved television, all sorts of shows.

He loved television, all sorts of shows.



When I came on the scene he wasn’t jealous, he looked after me. Wasn’t I cute?

Walking the dogs 8


Zac & Big Dog 8 years on


For Zac – the Rainbow Bridge is a richer place with you in it.

From your Princess and your Beloved

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

46 thoughts on “The Princess Looks Back For The Last Time

  1. The things hoomans do. Breeding Mother and Son is not good (see Oedipus Rex). That’s why we pure breds have so many problems. Yes Zac had health problems for it and you all loved him, but you’d rather have a pup that was free of that and just as great. That being said, I have no idea about my origins as a rescue, but the health issues (like my Addision’s Disease) indicate some sort of poor breeding decisions.

    • I’m right with you Kyla. Zac was a lovely dog who deserved to be healthy and not to die at eight having struggled for years with inherited related issues. All animals should be bred responsibly. Unfortunately this couple just seem to do it for the money and not the ‘good’ of the breed. I, Zena, have some of the same genes and have some inherited problems but nowhere near as bad as Zac was. I wish the kennel clubs would be more responsible in tracking breeding practices and follow up their members.

      • Mom Linda had Siberians Huskies…3…she trained, showed in comformation and obediance for about 5 years. AKC,CKC and all the other kennel clubs do absolutely nothing to better any breed. They will give the AKC to anyone, it is shameful

      • That is so disappointing, so it would seem that there are no-one to oversee that breeders are responsible 😦

  2. What a wonderful pup Zac was. I am glad that he had such a great family to give him the very best life he could have. And I am glad that you had such wonderful friend who left you with so many happy memories. He will always be with you, Zena, even from over the bridge.

    • Yes, he was great and he’s irreplaceable which is why I am a different dog without him. But Raffles and I have come to a good place and one day I’ll be with my Zac again and all will be good πŸ™‚

  3. Zac, you were and still are the most beautiful pup, I never realized how cute your tail was πŸ™‚ Got to go and get a tissue xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Yes, he was a very cute and self-willed pup and he always carried his tail very high up his back – he was very self confident and would face any dog down – silly boy!!

  4. It is sad but I am glad you did this post. I definitely believe that we find a soul mate in an animal, as well as in a person. I, too, had my soul mate dog. There’s no real explaining it. From the outside, no-one would really know why that particular dog creeps that much deeper into your heart but you know. It’s a bond that is never lost. I know the pain and I know the smiles that remembering can bring as well. I also know the wish to be with them again. Be strong my friend. It is of little consolation but at least there are those of us, out here, who understand what you are going through.

    • Yes somehow Zac came to me at a time when I needed him more than any other dog and so the tie went very deep. He seemed to understand me and I him in a way that is very special. I was so lucky to have had him. I still dream about him a lot. Fortunately I can admit to crazy things like that here!!

  5. Oh, Princess, we never forget that moment when I read that it was Zac’s time.. but God always brings his Angels all together again.
    This tribute was beautiful, but Granny can’t help shedding some tears now…
    Big Hug and some extra pawkisses πŸ™‚

  6. Big Dog changed! The photographs of Zac are lovely. It’s very sad that the breeder is still using the same pairing. It makes me so angry when breeders don’t care about the health of the puppies. It’s heartbreaking when a beloved pet has health problems.
    Zac was loved very much and that is a great tribute to him.

    • The de-stuffing of Big Dog took many years and in the end he had lost his tail and and an ear! But there was no way I could have got rid of him, it was Big Dog that Zac went to if he was cross with me, needed an extra pillow or wanted us to play with him. In the end it was a tatty bit of material but it was still Big Dog to Zac.
      I have to admit I was surprised when I saw the breeders were continuing to use the mother and son in their breeding program. They had told us it was an accident! We were naive enough to have believed them. They have an awful lot of accidents at that kennel!

  7. Oh Princess Z how lovely to see photos of Zac again and of you two together….he was a gorgeous boy and I know all of you miss him terribly – just think what fun he’s having though over the Bridge – watching over you and Raffles and his human tribe! It’s been lovely hearing about all the “befores” just as it’s lovely hearing about your “nows”…..and here’s hoping we all have a lot of “futures” together too!

    Special Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Thanks Sammy. Yes I think he will be having a good rest (from me) at the Bridge and a good giggle when he sees how the pup pesters me in the way I used to pester him!

  8. You couldn’t not include him!!

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  10. Oh dear. Zac. He was the wonderful all black. He always has a place in my heart. It’s so sad that his breeders are still breeding with mother and son. Thanks for this wonderful post, Princess. I was good to see Zac’s pictures – but soooo sad.

    • He was a wonderful all black πŸ™‚ It is sad to see the pics but good too because you remember all the good times and fun we had. The Help has tried to make a dvd of all of his pics but as soon as she puts it up on the computer to work on it I get very upset so she hasn’t been able to! Maybe one day I’ll let her.

  11. Zena I’ve only known Zac through your loving words but I cantell he was a very special boy who brought joy to all hwo knew him

  12. Fondly remembered, never forgotten xx

  13. My mommy went back and she read Zac’s first and last post, and of course she cried. The Golden Retriever who preceded me, Talbot, was my mommy’s heart. When she had to make that hard decision, a huge piece of her heart died. She thought she’d never love another dog the way she loved Talbot, and then I came into her heart. Unfortunately, like Zac, I have some health issues. When I was about nine months old, my humans discovered that I have hip and elbow dysplasia. I go to therapy and I am doing very well at a little over four years old, but my mommy knows that every day is a gift, and one day I may not be as well as I am now. But she completely understands when you say that The Help would not have changed Zac for a moment. He was special, and you’re special too, Zena.
    P.S. Even Raffles, who sometimes bothers you a bit, is special. πŸ˜‰

    • I’m sorry that you have those health issues Miss Harper Lee. I wouldn’t wish those on anyone, dog or human. And from nine months old too – that is no fun. We never know what tomorrow may bring, even when we seem fit and healthy. You’re right about every day being a gift and we have to make the most of each day.
      I know I’m special to The Help, special in a different way to Zac. I’m sure your Mom still has a Talbot shaped hole in the way that The Help has a Zac shaped hole but the only way to not have those holes would have been to never have Zac or Talbot in our lives and that doesn’t bear thinking about does it?

  14. Gosh, we don’t know what’s wrong with our compawter but we just tried to elave a message and it failed! We just wanted to say thank you for sharing the past with us – we would have left a message earlier but someone (ie Her) has let me down in the blog dept lately. We have loved reading about the past and some stories did make us sad but mostly, we were so happy to read that the Help and the Boss have been such amazing four legged ones owners and we think that they are amazing. And we loved your tribute to Zac, what a cool four legged one he must have been. And, coming from a puppy mill myself, I think these breeding situations are terrible. We think your Help and Boss deserve a huge hug.



    • Thanks Groucho. I’m pleased that The Help went back and bought me even though she knew by then that the breeders were bad – they have always felt I was a rescue dog! We understand about keeping up with the blogs, it can be tough. I’m glad you enjoyed the series though.

  15. Zac was just gorgeous – what a dashing couple you must have made! Is it normal for your hair to turn silver or is it an age thing…like mom?

    We have really enjoyed your “looking back” series – regardless of the tears, it is always nice to learn more about our furends & their furmilies (past and present)

    • Thanks guys. Yes, he was gorgeous and we did match well πŸ™‚ Our hair will have a little more grey in it as we age but not much. Zac’s mum was black and white. His first coat was jet black and his second coat didn’t come through until he was about 11 months or older and it came through with a lot of white hairs. If The Help had allowed his hair to grow fully he would have looked very silvery with the mix of black and white strands. I do think he got a little lighter as he got older particularly with his health issues and medication. But he was still gorgeous even if he wasn’t quite as All Black as he had been!

  16. Zac is a real beauty. The sad thing about the Tibetan seems to be that there is so little breeding stock to begin with, no? So to have irresponsible breeders thrown in on top of that – GAH! Makes me want to beat someone.

    • Thank you, he was gorgeous in character but his body let him down in the end. I agree with you, irresponsible breeders on top of a small gene pool make me angry. The kennel club should take this stuff more seriously. Yes, one of the problems is that available breeding stock tends to be related now, especially in a place like Australia where it is expensive to ship a dog from the US. A responsible breeder would buy a dog from Europe to enrich the bloodline but this one just traded back and forth with the same bloodline from New Zealand. None of this was known to us until we had Zac and studied his pedigree – we were naive. There are still TT’s in Tibet and some American breeders have actually travelled to the country and bought dogs, although it is not always easy. That way new blood is added and it improves the stock, but that is costly and it is only the ones who truly care about the dogs that will make that sort of an effort.

  17. Zac was your love, you look back as much as you want. We will be right here to read. paw hugs, Savvy

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