Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mourning the Loss of Romeo

"Dogs' lives are too short.  Their only fault, really."  
                                       - Agnes Sligh Turnbull

This is the first serious post in the history of The LG Report and, regrettably, it mourns the death of Romeo, the recent winner of The LG Report's Cutest Pet Contest.

Romeo was hit by a car earlier this week.  Linda, his loving owner, revealed the tragic news on her blog The Squashed Tomato.  (Click on that link to see Linda's post.)

As the winner of the Cutest Pet Contest, Romeo was entitled to the First Place Prize: a tasty bag of dog treats.  When contacted to get Romeo's mailing address in South Africa, Linda replied that Romeo had plenty of great treats on hand, and that she and Romeo would like the treats to be donated to a local dog shelter in order to help out the less fortunate.

Today, LG went to the local humane society...

 And donated these treats to the orphaned dogs in memory of dear sweet Romeo...

  "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
                                             - Roger Caras

And so, is it with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Romeo, a true champion.  Most of us reading this did not know him, but that won't prevent us from mourning him. 

Romeo, November 2010 - April 2011


"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
                                     -Dr. Seuss


  1. farewell Romeo. And I'm sure the donation made in his memory was appreciated.

  2. That is a great thing that you did!

  3. Oh how sad, but what a wonderful gift for the orphaned dogs, I'm sure Romeo would have wanted it that way.

    ""Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

    This is my new favorite quote. Thanks for introducing it!

  4. Lazarus, I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and support through this very, very difficult time. Ever since we first made contact, I know that you have had a special place in your heart for Romeo and he knew it too.

    He was truly the most incredible, loving puppy that I have ever had the honour of knowing. He touched our lives in a million ways, despite his short time with us. Our family has been devastated by the loss of this little angel that came into our lives, asking only to be loved and giving tons of it in return. I am so proud to know that he touched so many other lives, whether they met him or not.

    Yesterday, my parents and I visited the animal shelter where I originally got Romeo from. My father made a large donation to the renovation of their puppy area. The shelters in South Africa are in appalling conditions, as they receive almost nothing in government funding and rely entirely on the kindness of volunteers and donors. The staff working there do so ou of love, not for any salary. Due to the expense of land, they are situated in the worst industrial areas, this one alongside a waste dump and sewage works in particular. It is heartbreaking that so many adorable, loving animals have to spend their days in these conditions, riddled with flies.

    We opened our hearts to a new baby girl, in Romeo's honour and memory. She is 3 months old and I have named her Coco. Our pain is immense and the wound in my heart will take a long time to heal, but Coco will help to ease it. I know that Romeo would have wanted us to adopt another puppy and give it an amazing life.

    Thank you, Lazarus, for your incredible donation in his name. I know he'll be sending a huge, full-body tail wag from heaven knowing that those shelter doggies will eat a tasty treat. I would like to implore that anyone who loves animals make a donation to their local shelter, be it money, food, toys or even just an old blanket or towel. Every little bit helps. I'll be setting up a fund in Romeo's name in South Africa, which I plan to tirelessly campaign for until we can make a change - one shelter at a time.

    Thank you again to everyone - your love and support means the world to us.

  5. Oh my God, I am so sad for Linda. Being an animal nut myself, I feel her pain. Oh man...
    How truly tragic !


    (wiping tear from eye) P.S. Hey handsome, I need some advice on my blog if you have a second. Thanks

  6. Oh, my gosh, Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss of your adorable doggie. I hope Coco brings you joy and comfort. Truly, truly sorry!!!

  7. This is so sad...I'm so sorry this happened! My heart goes out to the family and to sweet Romeo---we will be making a donation to our local shelter on his behalf.

  8. oh... you do serious quite well... even the deathly allergic dog avoider in me is touched.

    loss sucks - but I love that Seuss quote :)

  9. Lazarus, sorry I miscommunicated. I don't need advice on my "blog", I need advice about dating which I blogged about.... You put a few things on there that made sense to me.

    Thanks handsome. If you have any more things to write...(like how you met your fiance, and what made her attractive to you, etc, please comment again and give me some dating hints!)

    Have a great day!


  10. Oh no.... what sad news. Glad though, that you were able to make a good donation Larry.

  11. Poor Romeo! Such a short life. My heart goes out to his human survivors. Sad.

  12. I read the post with my usual blend of English stand-offishness and cynicism then when I got to the photo of Romeo I have to confess that I teared up.

  13. I suppose it is only fitting that he won though.

    Hey, everyone has been asking about you on the Twitter. Where's LG? Is LG on the Twitter. I don't know, are you?

  14. This is sad...and he was so young.
    Really nice gesture Laz, donated to the Humane Society and having this tribute to him. He really was a fucken cute dog. So sorry for Linda's loss.

  15. Thank you to everyone for their support and kind words, as well as paying it forward to your local shelters. Every little bit makes a massive difference!


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