Zep, now 10-years-old, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3 and has been dealing with different treatments ever since.He has been with his family since he was just a puppy. He is one of the happiest, goofiest dogs around, despite the many health issues he’s faced throughout his life. The cancer has weakened his immune system, causing him to get sick a lot and he spends a lot of time wearing the cone of shame.
“He has had to deal with a lot in his life, the poor boy,” Amber Gerick, Zep’s mom said. “He gets sick quite easily. The most common thing he gets is dog dermatitis. He will be fine one minute and covered the next. He doesn’t really get super bummed about wearing the cone, as he is kind of used to it.”
Zep is pretty much a pro at wearing the cone of shame with all of the sicknesses and procedures he has had to endure. He doesn’t exactly love it but knows how to cope with it.
Zep loves his toys, and his favorite one is a duck toy named Quackity. Zep snuggles and plays with Quackity all the time…
…sometimes a little too much…
…the fluffy yellow duck seems to bring him a lot of comfort and joy.
Zep’s mom knows he loves toys, and so she decided to bring out a very special toy while Zep had his cone on…
…a toy who was also wearing the cone of shame, just like Zep.
While Gerick was celebrating her honeymoon in Disney World, she bought Zep the stuffed toy Dug.
“I love him so much it’s ridiculous,” Gerick said. “He just makes me smile every day and I don’t know what I would ever do without him.”
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