Thursday, July 30, 2009

To Everything A Season

My local newspaper only comes out every Wednesday. What can I say, it's a peaceful place and there's not much to report - and for that, I'm thankful. I read my paper front to back, EVERY section (there's only 2). When I first moved here and we subscribed to the paper, I would often read it with a red pen in hand and work diligently at correcting all the grammatical errors I came across. That's a post for another day.

Romeo (1991-2009)
On the back/last page of Section B of yesterday's paper, I came across the article "Carnivore Preservation Trust Grieves Loss of Romeo". I was sick. Remember me telling you about that fabulous place, CPT, here? And my experience with "Raj"? What a great day that was. My heart is heavy today for the good people at CPT for I know they are truly mouring the loss of a loved one.

Apparently, Romeo's health had been declining over the last several months as a result of a progressive neurological disease, which made it very difficult, and ultimately impossible, for Romeo to control his hind legs. During the last two weeks, his condition spiraled downward and the difficult decision was made to euthanize Romeo. He was surrounded by all of his caregivers, his "CPT Family" and adoptive "parents" when he passed away peacefully yesterday.

Romeo grew to be twelve feet long and weighed as much as 800 pounds at his heaviest. And he'd gained "celebrity status" according to CPT's executive director.

Celebrity status... Romeo, Romeo - Oh, Romeo... I'd say he "made it" and went out on top, wouldn't you??


Brandi said...

:( That's so sad..:( I wonder if he had something similar to what dogs can get, something called IVDD? Maybe you could find out? I'm just curious. Hopefully they know he's in a better place..

Karen said...

yes, so sad...

and yes, it is usually a slow week at the Chatham News (or Record depending on your location...) that's a good thing sometimes!!