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The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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Sad news
My family's bordercollie Rasly died yesterday.

He'd been with us from 1993 and I first met him when he was a very little sausage with legs. Since 1997 he'd been suffering from a sort of illness that meant he had odd seizures that nobody quite understood. Nevertheless, he lived to the ripe old age of nearly 12 years.

Rasly was a wonderful dog. He was pretty and clever and hardly ever barked (something which I appreciated in particular), and loved walks in forest. If ever anybody said: "Komm, Rasly, gehen wir in den Wald?" he'd tilt his head and start wagging frantically. Sometimes he'd get so excited we couldn't get his harness on. That said, he usually helped, raising his paws through the 'armholes'... Rasly also loved carrying around big sticks and chasing tennis balls and playing tug of war with someone, using his cushion as a rope.

I could probably write a lot more about him. Suffice it to say that he's the reason I am no longer afraid of dogs and he's been a wonderful companion for my entire family.

He'll be sadly missed, but in life he was a truly beloved member of our "pack".

May he rest in peace.

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I am sorry to read of the death of Rasly. May he find many friends, exciting smells and sticks to carry in the Great Forest hereafter.

I hope so, too.

I have been thinking that I might get myself a picture of him -- bit like your picture of your Samoyed -- as a visible reminder of a very lovely creature.

Thanks for your comment. *hugs*

Ooh I'm very sorry. :( I've heard so much about Rasly, I almost felt as though I knew him. Good that he had a long life and was always loved. *hugs*

*hugs back* Thanks for your comment. As I said in my post, he will be missed. My brother said on the phone that nobody cna bear the thought of going for walks right now. :-(

I'm sorry to hear that. *hugs* :(

*hugs back* Thanks for the sympathy.

I'm so sorry to hear that :( *hugs* to you and your family.

*hugs back* Thanks for commenting and for calling yesterday. As a fellow dog-lover, it was good to be able to talk to someone who knows what it feels like to live with them.

I am sorry about this. Losing them is very painful, even when you have spent so much time away. My dog died last year, aged 13, and I still cry every time I get into my mother's flat and see his lead and realise he is not there...
Sorry if I am not being helpful...

It is helpful, actually. It helps to read that others know what it feels like. The thought of his harness hanging there unused in my parents' house makes for such a desolate image. Thanks for your comment.

Sorry to hear about Rasly. *Hug*

*hugs back* Thanks for commenting.

Sympathies from me and Skordh. I am very glad we met him, and indeed went for a walk in the forest with him. As Skordh says, he was an excellent dog. And I am sure Rasly felt that yours was an excellent family to be with.

*hugs* Thanks for the sympathies. I am also glad that you and Skordh met Ras. He was indeed an excellent dog and the lot of us together made a good pack, as it were. World won't be the same without him...

Rasly the dog! I remember him, unusual, given the tendency of any creature fitting the category of "dog" to recede into a distasteful blur in the back of my mind. I recall your sister was going to marry him, as a more loveable alternative to men.

RIP Rasly, I knew you slightly.

I am pleased Ras made enough of an impression to remain remembered. Na'Kim was indeed going to marry him. Recently she's also been referring to him as her 'sugarsnail' -- it loses somewhat in translation.

Thanks for the comment, it really made me smile.


*Sympathy* from me.

I am so sorry. He sounds like a fantastic dog.

Thanks for commenting. He was a great dog, and a full member of our family. My mum commented about going to console my sister who gone to lie down in my father's bed and they both found the bed full of Rasly-sand: that dog loved lying on my father's bed... :-)

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