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St. Francis Care remembers Zeus

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MURPHYSBORO -- A popular rescue dog, who'd touched so many hearts across southern Illinois and the world, has passed away. St. Francis Care announced Tuesday that Zeus had died. 

"He had such a big personality. He just filled the room, no matter where he was," said Lynda Kuefer.  

Five and a half years ago a paralyzed pup named Zeus was rescued from a kill shelter in Oklahoma and brought to St. Francis Care in Murphysboro. In those five years, Zeus and his many care givers were determined to see him walk, and with each step his fame grew. His videos on YouTube have more than a million views.

Tuesday, he died of kidney failure and news of his passing stretched all the way across the world. 

"His reach has been world wide. I heard last night from people in Germany and Japan that have been following his story," said Kuefer. 

Care givers, Lynda and Dawn shared his journey every step of the way. From physical therapy in the pool, to learning to use his new wheelchair. They say many tears, both happy and sad, have been shed for Zeus but during all the ups and downs, Zeus taught them to keep pushing even when you think you can't. 

"I will keep taking that step. Putting one foot in front of the other and that will be because of him and for him," said Kuefer. 

"No matter how hard things are, or how bad life is you just put a smile on your face, wag your tail and keep going," said Dawn Boyd. 

Because of Zeus, many volunteers have come to work for St. Francis. Lynda and Dawn say when they first got Zeus, they never knew the impact he'd have but they don't believe it was by chance.

"I truly believe that he was given to us to be the face of rescue," said Boyd. 

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