Zeller, Speak: Remembering Our Friend

Zeller, Speak: Remembering Our Friend

2/17/2009 – 2/15/2021

This beautiful boy left us to get his angel wings Monday morning, February 15th, just two days shy of his 12th birthday. He was diagnosed two weeks before with cancer and then he rallied and had a very good week and a half, including a good Valentine’s Day, which he richly deserved. He had the biggest heart and loved so many; he had a way of seeing into the hearts of others.

Zeller served as a CCI Facility dog to New Hope of Indiana for 10 years. The work he did impacted many lives. His first day of work was Valentine’s day 2011. I remember him being greeted by people in day services and Zeller smiling while everyone petted him. He knew he was home. He marched in Halloween parades dressed as a squirrel, a dragon, and a reindeer just to name a few. He played fetch in the back hallway, ate apples with Sister Rita, and best of all, laid his head in our laps.

Everyone smiled when they saw Zeller, whether at work or out and about, he brought so much joy to people. He reminded us to be patient and kind, and to open our hearts to one another. When you think of Zeller and how much you loved him, please remember he loved you too.

Zeller remains always loved; never forgotten.

-Zeller’s Human, Kathy

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  1. Carolyn Warlop February 23, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a dog so loved and loving! Diana and I are both sad and happy that he is in a better place! Thanks, Kathy, for taken such good care of him!

  2. Dennis coltart February 23, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    So sorry to hear about ZELLERS passing. He was a grea mascot for New Hope and was loved by all. Was zeller cremared.

  3. Penny Leeson February 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Zeller was loved! Im so sorry Kathy

  4. Susan Robinson February 23, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Zeller was a wonderful gift to New Hope. He had an incredible way being aware of the needs and feelings of others; he filled so many lives with his love and devotion. Zeller will always be remembered and cherished at New Hope.

  5. Amy S Johnson February 24, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I’m so sorry, Kathy. He was a beautiful boy.

  6. Gary Larreategui February 24, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Zeller’s passing. I’m dropping by New Hope tomorrow, and had been looking forward to seeing him. As James Herriot wrote, no matter how long your dog lives, it’s never long enough. Zeller led such a full life, surrounded by people who loved him. He will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

  7. Claire Bozzano February 24, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    My condolences Kathy on the passing of Zeller. He was a sweet spirit and brought a smile to everyone. We should all wish to leave a legacy as big as Zeller’s.

  8. Carol Filkins March 1, 2021 at 10:07 am

    What a wonderful team Zeller and Kathy were! He was an awesome dog and will leave a lasting legacy of kindness. My sincere sympathy to Kathy and all the New Hope family in losing this very special friend and companion.

  9. Rita McCloskey Payne March 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Hi Kathy — I am so sorry to hear about Zeller ….. also, to include in his “life accomplishments” in addition to his amazing love of everyone … he was an Epiphany Certification Program graduate!!! I believe he did a “final paper” as well!! We always loved to see him at Seton Cove …. and you!!!!

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