May. 26th, 2014 07:05 pm
furtech: (R0ndo Goodbye)
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[Memorial Day is as good a day as any to take care of this: I had been putting off the public post about this for a while now.]


R0ndo Bordercollie died on February 11, 2014. He had been recovering from a neck injury for several weeks when he unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. We were all blindsided by an undiagnosed heart condition (Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy, for those curious). R0ndo was my Great Dog and my best buddy.

The last four months have been an emotional hell-- a rollercoaster of events brought on by his passing. He was only nine years old and I had fully expected to have him around for at least another six years.

Friends and family who knew him well have been my anchor. The BCR folk have been especially supportive with stories about their Great Dogs and loss and moving on. There will never be another dog like R0ndo and it took me four months to begin to understand this.


One action that has helped is the addition of a new dog to our reduced pack: An00bis, a year-old Kelpie-bordercollie mix. The road to this point has been torturous, but we're still here. And by we, I mean Apache and I. She was just as unsettled by R0ndo's passing as I was. She is *slowly* warming to the Noob, but she is definitely happier and calmer since Noob arrived about a month ago.


So long, R0ndo. You took a big chunk of me with you when you went.

Date: 2014-05-27 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martes.livejournal.com
I see me by the infamous Leaning Telephone Pole of Valencia!

R0ndo was always so good at finding me!

Date: 2014-05-27 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-eagle.livejournal.com
"tiz better to have loved...."

Wonderful posting, bud... I hope you had a great holiday weekend too .. ^v^

Date: 2014-05-27 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zillabean.livejournal.com
This was a lovely write-up and I hope that in time, the memories won't fade, but the pain will.

Date: 2014-05-27 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruggels.livejournal.com
I never got the full story. Now I have. Very sorry to hear about this. Rondo was such a happy thing.

My condolences.

Date: 2014-05-28 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicodemusrat.livejournal.com
Aww, man, I'm so sorry. R0ndo was a great dog indeed and I'm glad you captured so much to share with us online, too.

Date: 2014-05-28 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcarspec.livejournal.com
Oh man...we are so sorry to hear this! May there be as many wonderful adventures ahead with An00bis and Apache as you shared with R0ndo.

Date: 2014-05-29 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tioh.livejournal.com
My condolences

Date: 2014-05-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kynekh-amagire.livejournal.com
I'm intensely sorry for your loss. The love of a border collie is a special thing.

Date: 2014-06-06 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vlen.livejournal.com
Oh gods, I am so sorry to hear about this. But if I know one thing, you gave him a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing with us.


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