R0ndo

May. 26th, 2014 07:05 pm
furtech: (R0ndo Goodbye)
[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

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.

N00b

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.

R0ndobye

So long, R0ndo. You took a big chunk of me with you when you went.
furtech: (apache-r0ndo)
The dogs and I got a precious, rare invite: to celebrate King Dog Tay's birthday up in Oakhurst!
Oakhurst Snow
There are more gorgeous images of the Ranch, dogs and snow here

The timing turned into the most perfect trip we've ever made up there: the day after we arrives it snowed. Just enough fell that the ranch and the mountain turned into a winter wonderland. This was *ideal*: the snow only lasted for about two days-- then it melted and allowed us to drive safely back down the hill and home.

The night we arrived there was also a bit of excitement: on the night walk Carol and I discovered a brush-burn that had gotten out of control (these are supposed to be watched by the burner until the fire dies down). Between the windy gusts and all of the pine needles that hadn't been cleared, the fire had spread well into the brush nearby. A fallen pine was in flames and embers were spreading under the pine needles. We went back to get Eric and shovels...Carol got all of the water jugs (they keep them for pump failures).

firefighter

With a lot of work we got the flames down and the embers mostly doused. The owners of the lot finally arrived with a tractor and used that to completely bury the rest of the fire. They were grateful that it had been discovered, so it was all good. Plus, bonus activity points for me.

new snow

We awoke the next day to a winter wonderland: several inches of snow fell during the night and it was cold enough to stick. Check out the link above to see how beautiful the area became. The dogs (all four border collies) and I took a number of hikes in the silent, white world. I love walking in fresh snow (especially when it's only a few inches deep) and watching four crazy border collies run around on Very Important Business.

There are few places that aren't improved by a fall of snow. Since Casa Coyote starts out quite lovely, the snow transformed it into a fantasyland. R0ndo and Apache loved it: they had experienced a dusting of snow in Seattle a few years ago and had a lot of fun...but this was like doggy-disneyland for them. They bounded through the small drifts and still managed to dig ghost varmints. They loved that it was nice and chill out and if they get hot or thirsty they can just eat the refreshing "white dirt".

Tay was showered with goodies and treats. He enjoyed the ribeye steak he got as a present. As any good tyrant, he tolerated the manic attention of all three of the other dogs. He's well-deserving of his Kingdog title!
furtech: (halloween)
bcrfundayhalloween2012
Full Flickr Set

Another BCR Funday! My favorite of the year: Halloween! Candy, dogs, great food.

The weather this year was *beautiful*. Breezy, clear and in the 70's.

R0ndo and Apache got matching skeleton dog costumes. Watson was too big to fit into his, so he got halloween jingle bells.
skeledogs
Watson



There was a dog that Apache was absolutely giddy about: an Aussie tri (male) who seemed aloof-- yet Apache adored him and even puppy-play-bowed and wriggled up to him. Weird little dog.

I loved R0ndo's reaction to the talking/grasping zombie hand in the dog treat bowl!
zombiedog

He would be a great zombie-hunting dog.
furtech: (halloween)
bcrfundayhalloween2012
Full Flickr Set

Another BCR Funday! My favorite of the year: Halloween! Candy, dogs, great food.

The weather this year was *beautiful*. Breezy, clear and in the 70's.

R0ndo and Apache got matching skeleton dog costumes. Watson was too big to fit into his, so he got halloween jingle bells.
skeledogs
Watson



There was a dog that Apache was absolutely giddy about: an Aussie tri (male) who seemed aloof-- yet Apache adored him and even puppy-play-bowed and wriggled up to him. Weird little dog.

I loved R0ndo's reaction to the talking/grasping zombie hand in the dog treat bowl!
zombiedog

He would be a great zombie-hunting dog.

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