Captain ZigZag and Holly the Wonderdog, as they are known locally, made a dynamic duo as Don sang and made music on the busy sidewalks of Calgary, and Holly curled up next to him to energetically meet the people who stopped to listen. They went everywhere together, although as Holly grew older she stopped accompanying Don on his many bike rides.
As the years went on, times and circumstances changed for the pair. Don’s wife and other dog had passed away, and his children had all moved away. Around a year ago, Don and Holly had to move out of their home, and were couch surfing, moving from place to place until they got back on their feet. Still, the two rode the waves of life, greeting each new day with the enthusiasm and optimism that only a yellow lab can muster. “She’s the major love of my life now”, he said, a smile in his voice.
Gradually, however, Holly’s health had begun to decline. It had gotten to the point where she couldn’t gather the energy to react when a tennis ball shot passed her head, which was extremely worrying for her friend and protector.
One day, around Holly’s 11th birthday, the duo were riding the bus when a vet tech who had stopped to say hello noticed the smell coming from Holly’s mouth. Lifting up her lip, they saw that the dog’s teeth were completely rotten. The vet tech spoke gravely, explaining that this was an indication of very poor health, which, if left untreated, meant that Holly probably would not have much longer to live.