It's been a while since I've given much thought to the "World's Unluckiest Dog" aka Rhondo the Wonder Idiot.
Now, Rhondo was unlucky in most things during his life. Besides the "Lawn Mower Ride" from the link above, he had other misfortunes. A friend accidentally closed a garage door on his head. He once almost got "power choked" by the driver rolling up a window in the back using the remote switches to do so. Another time Rhondo actually was in danger of hanging himself on his tether. He'd gotten the rope tangled around the metal railing on the back step, took a shortcut to the bottom in front of the stairs, leaving just enough rope to sit uncomfortably on the ground. He was no more than one half of a loop away from a slow strangulation. Later in the year he got into a particularly nasty battle with a possum he had cornered against the concrete wall of a garage.
Still, he always seemed to bounce back.
Then one day he had a seizure right in front of me. That really freaked me out. It seemed to come out of the blue.
We took him to the vet. The vet ran blood work, tested his stool for any clues, and tested his urine. His urine and blood work came back with really unexpected results. The little dog that had overcome so many bad moments in an all too short period of time had run out of lives and luck. His kidneys were failing. All of us who had become his last and best family had always noticed Rhondo had an unusual odor. It turned out the odor was coming from bad kidneys he'd been born with.
His health continued to worsen. We both knew Rhondo's time was coming to an end.
Then on January 7, 2011 we had to do the last decent thing we could do for that poor, suffering dog. With moral support from a friend who was also kind enough to drive us to the 24 hour veterinarian's office nearby, we made the decision.
I still get misty thinking about it.
It's not all gloom and doom. We still have pictures. I still have some great memories. And yes, Rhondo can still inspire some lighthearted Blogging buffoonery on my part.
Like this for example:
"Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of those pets who are routinely yet accidentally strangled by the occasional dog lover not trained in how to hold a dog properly, AIRTRAFFICMIKE Heavy Industries, LLC. (the official social think tank of Air Traffic Mike's) brings you a quick lesson on how to hold your dog while not loving him/her to death.
CORRECT!!!!!! Notice just how calm, content, and happy the late Rhondo is here in this file footage from one of his better days in the past. By golly, he looks like he could just take a nap right there!
Then there's this attempt........
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INCORRECT!!!!!!! Just look at that poor dog's body language! He's lost complete control of his back legs. It seems his right shoulder is just about to dislocate. Look at the grimace on his face and his eyes focusing on....well, nothing. That's what happens when any living mammal is about to pass out.
Now of course I'm exaggerating here. Rhondo was in no harm whatsoever.......well, at least for harm at the Rhondo level. However, he had a very expressive face. He had some wildly entertaining eye expressions (like cutting his eyes at the also late Lilly when she'd make a run for Rhondo's food).
Rhondo and Lilly are both gone now, but the memories linger on.
With that said, please click on this link for one of my all time favorite "Rhondo episodes".
Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.
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