It’s with a heavy heart that I write this goodbye to my friend of nine years, the mighty Cajun. He had so much presence that it’s hard to believe his life could end so abruptly in sudden illness.

He was in every way the perfect German shepherd. He was black and red, 80 lbs, a tall and imposing figure, but he was always gentle and completely reliable with kittens and little kids.

Cajun was a hero in his own right, having saved the lives of many other dogs during his years as a universal blood donor.

He was smart, strong and versatile. We never competed, but throughout his life Caje became adept at tracking, obedience, agility, flyball, and bite work. He played frisbee and swam. He knew lots of tricks and performed on stage with me in one of my plays. He was my bicycling and trail riding partner. He did everything asked of him with boundless energy. His energy level drove me nuts sometimes, but he kept me hopping and that was good for me. He was always happy and always ready to get moving. I hope that I have learned something from his zest for life. He was a hugely important part of mine.

Thank you Caje-man, for watching over the fur kids and me, for keeping us safe over the years. I hope you knew how much you were cherished. You did great.

Cajun von der Zalens
February 18, 1999 – May 22, 2008

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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7 Responses to Cajun

  1. Nancy – I’m so sorry. He was a magnificent dog – and I know how much you loved him. My heart goes out to you.


  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Cajun. He sounds like a truly great dog and a great friend to all he came in contact with. He was a magnificent looking German Sheperd. I know how hard it is to lose a good friend like him, he will be missed, but know he loved you and all his furry brothers and sisters, and will be watching over you and probably still running beside you on your walks and rides on Clifford.


  3. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your valued friend. I know what this road is like….


  4. Nancy says:

    Thank you dear friends for your thoughts. It is a hard loss but made easier when people care. I am lucky to have friends like you to help me through this.


  5. Linda says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your dear Cajun. He was beautiful and truly blessed to have you as his mom. Give Ripple a hug tonite from Holly and I. ~Linda


  6. Select Ann says:

    Nancy. I am truly sorry for your loss. Words cannot describe the feelings one has when a loved one moves on. Cajun was an awesome four-legged friend. Dogs are only here a short while since they already know how to love completely. Humans have to stay longer because we need to learn this concept. Hugs to you!


  7. Twinville says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.What a handsome and special dog he was.He will always be with you in sprit and heart.


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