The Phone Was Bugged and So Was He—That's Why Nick Daniloff's Dog Zeus Is Itching to Come Back Home
updated 10/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
"We've been laughing over this ever since," says Daniloff from Washington, D.C. "I can't imagine what they thought we were talking about." The real subject of conversation was not a coded message but Zeus, Daniloff's brown and white Jack Russell terrier, who's still waiting to flee Moscow. A high-strung 8-year-old, Zeus has suffered numerous indignities during his five years in the Soviet Union, including freezing in the baggage compartment on the flight over, contracting the aforementioned fleas and getting bitten by an angry duck. Now Zeus, who's staying with Russian friends of the Daniloffs', must cope with loneliness. "When he comes to the office he sniffs around for Nick," says Trimble. "When he doesn't find him, he gets angry and lies down. He's very much Nick's dog."
The Zeus affair, however, is almost over. Next month Trimble expects to complete the lengthy departure formalities and ship the dog back to the States. Yet Soviet suspicions may not be completely allayed. When the Trimbles were talking with Mary Ann Lovenstein, an editor in U.S. News & World Report's Washington office, they complained of itching. "I said maybe the fleas stayed behind when Zeus moved," says Lovenstein. "The line went dead."