A dog who was a fixture of a Lexington business for more than a decade died Saturday, and the store’s owner found a way to remember her while helping others.
Zena, a collie sheppard/husky mix who greeted countless customers at South Limestone’s CD Central since 2006, died peacefully on Saturday. Her owner and store owner, Steve Baron, said thousands of people have petted her over the years.
“She came to work every day for over 10 years,” Baron said. “So many people knew who she was because she was always a presence here. It created a nice atmosphere having a dog here, and she loved people.”
Baron said he thought taking Zena to the shop would work well when he adopted her from the Lexington Humane Society. Zena became so loved at CD Central that people came to the store asking for her.
“Parents would bring their kids and the kids might not be interested to come in to shop, but would want to pet the dog and interact with her,” Baron said. “It was a wonderful thing for her to be here.”
Zena was 14 or 15 years old, Baron said, and was beginning to have mobility issues in her old age before she died Saturday.
After the store posted news of Zena’s death on its Facebook page, dozens of people responded with heartfelt messages about the cheerful dog. One customer said she always sought Zena out to give her a few rubs, while another said it brightened her days when she saw Zena in the store.
“I will never regret unintentionally getting zillions of Zena hairs all over the floor from giving this sweet pooch belly rubs,” Olivia Erickson commented. “What a great life she had!”
“I just loved seeing her in the store. She was such a sweet-natured dog,” Jodie Koch commented on Instagram.
In Zena’s memory, CD Central will donate all profits from sales Wednesday to the Lexington Humane Society. The store always has a humane society collection box at the front counter because Baron has been a longtime fan.
“It’s always so sad when a dog dies,” Baron said. “I thought it would be a good idea to do something positive, ... let people be a part of that mourning and healing process, and remind people that there are a lot of other animals who are just as nice as Zena who can be adopted.”
CD Central, located on 377 South Limestone, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.