The post-apocalyptic television show Z-Nation was first released in 2014 and quickly gained a following with its blend of fear and humor. The series follows a group of survivors that are protecting society’s best hope for a cure, a former prisoner named Alvin Murphy who was injected with a vaccine just minutes before being bitten by several zombies, and the only person to survive a zombie attack without fully becoming a zombie himself. They are helped in their efforts to get from New York to California by Citizen Z, a private stationed at a remote listening location in the Arctic who has access to surveillance and transmission equipment throughout the United States and is able to help coordinate efforts and sometimes warn the group about impending dangers, and hindered by Murphy’s own reluctance to be humanity’s best hope. Five seasons of this show have been released so far with a number of revolving people and places, giving fans ample opportunities for inspiration when coming up with a name for their new canine companions.
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Alvin Bernard Murphy is reluctant to accept help or trust the people around him, even when they seem to have the best of intentions, and is often plagued by memories of being vaccinated by force and then attacked by zombies. He frequently disappears and has to be located and oftentimes saved all over again, to the frustration of his companions. In Stowe, Vermont, in June of 2014, a three-year-old Golden Retriever named Murphy also experienced trauma; the car he was riding in with his owner, Kirsten Campbell, hit a tree. It was a minor crash, but it left a big impression on the dog, who bolted into the woods when Kirsten opened the back door to check on him. Kirsten and her grandfather, Ed Hamel, went to great lengths to retrieve their retriever, but the normally social and friendly dog refused to come to his name and ran from the good Samaritans that tried to help.
Murphy stayed in the area of the Route 100 corridor between Morrisville, where his owners live, and Waterbury, just under twenty miles south of that. When longtime resident and correspondent for the Associated Press Wilson Ring noticed the dog sitting near the tree line on his property, he promptly took a bucket of dog food out to entice the dog. Murphy ate the food within just fifteen minutes and disappeared, so Wilson contacted Ed and Ed brought a trap so Wilson could set it up on his property to catch the spooked canine. Initially, the trap was baited but the door left open, in order to get the dog used to going in to eat, and once he was comfortable with the box, they set the trap door; Murphy, however, was quite adept at avoiding the trigger that caused the door to close, and when he did trigger it and get trapped inside, it took the resourceful dog only twenty minutes to chew through the wires and get out.
Fortunately, the dog continued to frequent Wilson’s property and obtain food, including at least one meal that contained heartworm medicine and flea and tick repellant, and the trap was repaired. When Erika Holm, an animal control officer in Middlesex, provided Wilson with an electronic trigger the trap became more effective, and in January of 2016, Murphy was caught. The dog had been on the lam for 559 days, but once he was brought inside and reintroduced to Ed Hamel, it didn’t take very long for the dog to reacclimate to the idea of being as a cherished family pet, and when he was brought home he quickly grabbed his favorite toy and made himself comfortable on his favorite sleeping spot at the foot of the bed.