When a pet dies, it can be devastating, leaving pet owners to wonder what to do next. It’s tough to know when it’s the right time to replace a lost pet or if getting a new pet is even a good idea at all.
When musician Paul Phillips lost his dog to cancer, he wasn’t sure what to do next but, 2 months later, he got an answer.
When rockstar Paul Phillips and his fiancee, Karen Perry, lost their dog to cancer, they were heartbroken.
Phillips is the guitarist for the band, Puddle of Mudd. For years, he and his fiancee, Karen Perry had a dog named Cash. But, in March 2018, the veterinarian gave the couple bad news, Cash had terminal cancer.
Phillips and Perry said goodbye to their furry friend. For two sad months, their home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida felt empty. Little did they know that the dog who would fill the void in their hearts was already at a nearby pet rescue.
The Pit Sisters rescue had saved a pregnant dog from a kill shelter. She gave birth to 12 puppies in her time there all of whom had come down with parvo, a deadly and highly contagious virus.
By the time Phillips and Perry were looking for a pet again, just 3 of the puppies survived. This included little AJ, who had proven himself quite the fighter, getting stronger every day.
Phillips and Perry adopted a puppy who had survived a deadly disease. They named him Zeppelin.
AJ was being taken care of at a foster home but needed a more permanent residence. Fortunately, Perry had seen a post on Facebook about the pup and decided to adopt him.
Before that could happen though Jen Deane, the founder of Pit Sisters, sent AJ’s foster mom over to evaluate AJ’s potential new home.
“I knew she would be harder than anyone else would be on the adopter because she loves AJ,” Deane told MNN.
After the inspection, the foster mom gave Phillips and Perry the go-ahead to adopt AJ. On May 20, 2018, he was officially welcomed into his new home.
A new permanent family meant a new permanent name too. Phillips decided AJ should no longer be called AJ but rather Zeppelin, a tribute to the band Led Zeppelin.
“They’re fantastic people,” Deane said of Zeppelin’s new owners. “And they just love him. They had already bought toys for him. They had a blanket. They had everything ready for him. They were so excited.”
Who wouldn’t be excited to have such an adorable little rocker around?