Zeus is not your typical pet dog. Although he loves playing with his dad Cameron Maramenides, playing is a totally different word for the pair. You see, Cameron is a kiteboarder, but he’s not just any kiteboarder. He will be representing the United States in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Cameron and his dad, Dimitri, are celebrities in the kiteboarding world, and their fame has trickled over to Zeus. The pup also knows a thing or two about the sport, and unfortunately, his fame led to him being kidnapped. In November 2018, Zeus was dognapped while their family was attending a kiteboarding competition in Tampa, Florida.
The family was distraught. They posted it on Facebook and asked for help with the local news to recover their beloved dog. They even hired a pet detective and offered $3,500 to anyone who will return him, no questions asked. But the hero who ended up saving Zeus, Miguel Camacho, didn’t even know about the reward.
Miguel was at West Tampa Plaza, studying, as he had an exam that day. He browsed Facebook for a while and read about the Maramenides’ post about their lost dog. Moments later, a car pulled up near him, and a man stepped out with a French bulldog. Miguel thought to himself, that must be Zeus!
He opened the post on Facebook to find the contact number, and he relayed to Cameron and Dimitri what he saw. Instead of going to his exam, Miguel decided to tail the dognapper while he updated the family of his whereabouts. However, the perpetrator noticed what Miguel was doing and confronted him.
When he was asked why he was following the man, Miguel explained that he knows the dog wasn’t his. The dognapper challenged Miguel by asking him to call the dog by its name. When Miguel said, “Zeus,” the dog jumped out of the man’s car and into Miguel’s vehicle. Now the family is back together, and they will be together in Tokyo to cheer for Cameron. Also, due to his heroism, Miguel’s teacher let him take the exam the following day.
Credits: Dimitri Maramenides