Author Topic: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014  (Read 647 times)

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Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:03:11 AM »
Dred's destiny was not to arrive at the beginning of his new life in pristine shape.................his destiny was to arrive thoroughly used up.............................sliding in to start his new life in a cloud of dust..................LOUDLY proclaiming "WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a ride that was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............................and WHERE'S the party????????????????"

Our Dred, aka Mordred, began his new life today........................after departing his old life in peace and with dignity.........................

Dred's life on this space rock of ours was never easy...........................he came to Border Colllie rescue organization's Illinois chapter at 10 months of age................weighing an anorexic 23 pounds.  He had lived on the south side of Chicago, was known at that time as "Chico"..................and came to us with a fear of brown beer bottles...................anything resembling a wheel chair/personal mobility vehicle.......................and he knew that cars were for chasing...............................

Dred did everything at "warp speed" all of his life.........................and he was, at times, VERY socially awkward................even with his own species..........................never aggressively; but he could be obnoxiously-to-comically dorky........................

....................but when it came to agility, Dred was a "natural".....................he learned EVERYTHING quickly..........................and excelled at what he did in multiple venues.......................earning well over 75 titles and awards in multiple venues...........................

Dred also provided "comic relief" when he and Barb entered the obedience ring, where they eventually titled..........................and Dred was also pretty awesome on sheep when he got the opportunity to "play" at herding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Around 8 years of age, Dred's eye's "betrayed" him.........................he lost his peripheral vision and there was evidence of retinal damage that compromised his forward vision; but not from a cause that several opthamologists could positively identify.....................and later in life, cataracts also developed.................

In spite of his visual challenges...........................and because of his handler, Barb; Dred continued to excel in several agility classes in multiple venues...................................but NADAC Weavers and Tunnelers quickly became his favorite classes.............................and NADAC became his favorite venue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though Dred excelled at agility, agility sooooooooooooo did NOT "define" him.................he simply enjoyed EVERYTHING about life and living it!!!!!!!!!!!

Dred led a very happy-go-lucky life..............................and EVERYTHING was a PARTY to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  At 13 years, 6 months of age, Dred was diagnosed with two types of lymphosarcoma.....................multi-centric and media-stinal.  Given Dred's age and other health issues.........................and knowing that lymphosarcoma was not curable; but only able to be put into remission.....................maybe.............aggressive treatment with chemotherapy was simply not an option that we would entertain....................

Instead, we chose a palliative approach, working closely with both our traditional vet and our alternative therapies vet...................and developed a dietary plan, a "Western" medication plan and an herbal supplement plan that would work in harmony with the medications...........................and a laser acupuncture schedule..............................that approach gave Dred 54 days with us and his pack-mates that were days filled with JOY, as well as an extremely good QUALITY OF PARTY LIFE.  It was only within the final "less than 24 hours" of his life where Dred was having a noticeably tougher time...........................and then very early this morning, we chose to let our boy pass on to his next adventure in peace and with dignity...............

Gael & Pelli have not exhibited any anxiety when it comes to "Where's Dred?".........................we are sure that they knew before we knew anything was wrong.................................and there has also been a serene calm here at The Castle................and for perhaps the first time in months, Gael & Pelli have fallen into a VERY DEEP sleep......................they were BEYOND AWESOME when it came to all that they did to support Dred...................and me and Barb.............

Dred faced and overcame more challenges in his life than seemed "fair".............................and his "OVER THE TOP" personality didn't always make him the easiest dog to live with; but his sense of humor and devotion more than made up for any minor short-comings that he had.......................

Dred filled a very important niche in our pack.....................every pack needs an Omega..................and Dred was an "Omega's omega" and he LOVED the role!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  When we adopted our "Alpha's alpha", Pelli, Dred really did surprise us by being a very good mentor for Pelli.............................and teaching him all of the "boy & man stuff" that Pelli needed to learn and know...........................

Dred is being cremated..............................and a part of him will stay here at home with us and our kids, past and present.................................and part of him will make a home at his favorite vacation spot...................First Encounter beach in Eastham, MA on Cape Cod............................where "Spirit Dred" can forever chase fiddler crabs on the small islands that are exposed at low tide...............

For those of you that may know me, Barb and Dred.........................please do not mourn......................that was soooooooooooooooo NOT Dred's way......................instead, please choose to raise a glass, contents of your choosing, and CELEBRATE HIS LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

.................and take the time, today and every day, to give each of your furry kids some unconditional special time and love.......................they give us sooooooooooooooooooooooo much..............................and ask for so little.......................................and their lives are always too short.....................

Hugs & wags,

Al & Barb, Gael & Pelli..........and Dred, Kali, Flurry, Promise, Chico, Romulus, Trix & Tony at The Bridge Pub & Grille....................................
Castle Camelot: Al, Barb, Dred, Gael & Pellinore . . . and from The Bridge Grill & Pub,  Kali, Flurry, Promise, Chico, Romulus, Trix and Tony.

Jean Sather (McCreight)

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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 07:46:32 PM »
Well said, Al.  Cheers, and a toast to Dred ....
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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 10:41:40 PM »
Love to all at the Castle.

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Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 05:12:18 PM »
Very sad but happy for him too. No suffering. He's whole again and playing young dog games. He had a great life with you and Barb, full of love and adventures once he came to you. Thank you for giving that to him. Our condolences. The pack can relax again into no worries, no stress.
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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 07:44:48 PM »
What a lucky boy to come to live with you and your pack at the Castle.
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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 08:07:52 AM »
What a great life to have lived with you and your pack. He has many more adventures in is new life.
Let the wind blow,
Don and Rae and our pack
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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 04:38:08 PM »
I am so sorry for the your loss but so happy thst you found each other. They say you get the dog you need and im sure that it works both ways.
I think I wii play with my dogs now.

Dave
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Re: Barb 'n Al's Fie On Goodness: 5/21/2000-1/14/2014
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 09:58:09 AM »
Al & Barb, tears will not escape me as I read the tribute you gave for Dred.... God gives us a chance to make a difference - then it seems he calls them to play in his own agility field. Hugs to you both, and thank God he gave Dred a chance to excel and be the Omega in your castle!
Barbara,Shyla & Kola
Gillette, Wyoming