My Kandoo

My life was so enhanced by sharing it with him.  He will be forever missed...and loved!

7/5/00 - 3/20/05

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 See Kandoo's MOVIE

I fell in love with Kandoo the moment he came into our home!  He was our very first Lethal...and we didn't have a clue what to do, but he taught us well.  Following is the email I sent out to all that knew (or knew about) Kandoo.  I'd like to share that email with everyone :-)

Hi All,
I just wanted you to know that we lost Kandoo early this morning. :-(  He was our very first Lethal...and the beginning of Aussielads LETHAL WHITE Rescue!  Unlike many of the wonderful Lethals that have passed through our lives, Kandoo was never really right.  He had many problems, mental as well as physical (Cushings Disease, Thyroid Disease, Hip Dysplasia...and probably a few we didn't even know about).  Sometimes, he couldn't find his food, but we worked on that by including frozen brussel sprouts (a great suggestion from Deana)...and that seemed to do the trick...most of the time.  Other times, I (or Dave)  would hand feed him to make sure he got his meals.
Kandoo was a "pistol" right from the beginning...growling was his favorite thing to do.  But he was all talk and no action!  We adjusted our lives to his personality...and it was worth every minute!!!
Early this morning, he had a Grand Mall seizure...and never really came out of it.  It was the most horrible thing to watch....my baby had no idea who I was and he was afraid of me. :-(   At first, I was afraid of him...but a mother's love took over my fears and I held my baby at tight as I could, rubbing his incredibly silky ears as he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  I will miss him for the rest of my life...which will never be the same without him!
I would like to thank Debbie DiCicco (AAWL) for bringing him into our lives, Dr. Irene Brady (Best Friends Animal Hospital) for taking such good care of him over the years, and First Regional Animal Hospital for making his passing so painless and for being so compassionate in the process.  All we will have left of Kandoo is many wonderful memories...and his remains.
I thought Kandoo deserved the sharing of his passing with the many wonderful friends who have had the pleasure of personally meeting him...or for those who sustained constantly hearing about my special baby.
Please keep him in your prayers that he now runs freely, without pain...and the sight that he had been deprived of in his short, but fulfilled life!
Kandoo's Mom, cyn

Below are some tributes sent in Kandoo's honor that I would like to also share.

A poem sent to me by Luanna Lawrence

Kandoo's Prayer to Cyndi,

You have treated me kindly, my beloved Mom, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than the loving heart of me.

You did not break my spirit with a stick, for though I would have licked your hand between the blows, your
patience and understanding quickly taught me the things you would have me do.

You spoke to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce
wagging of my nub when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it was cold and wet, you took me inside, for you knew I am  a domesticated animal, no longer
used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside
the hearth.

And if had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the
softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted

You kept my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot
tell you when I suffer thirst.

You fed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your
side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved Cyndi, when the great Master saw fit to deprive me of my health and sight, you did not
turn me away from you. Rather you held me gently in your arms as skilled hands granted me the
merciful boon of eternal rest - and I left knowing with my last breath I drew, my fate
was ever safest in your hands.


Flowers from my daughter Michele and her family (Greenville, PA)

A card from Debbie DiCicco (AAWL), who brought Kandoo into our lives :-)

Some of my favorite pics of Kandoo as a baby

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Playing with Zeus (it's one of the very last times Kandoo actually played)

My handsome boy...(silly pics) throughout the years! (First pic is with my Grandson, Josh)

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9/16/04 UPDATE:  Here are some pics of Kandoo ...just being Kandoo!  He looks through the doggie door to find out where Zeus went :-)  ...and a few photos of him hanging out with Mo and some of the aussielads.

Hi, I'm Kandoo.  Debbie DiCicco, Shelter Manager at AAWL saved my life and introduced me to everyone at Aussielads Aussie Rescue.  I became a "foster dog" that never left and now I'm officially one of the "aussielads"...forever.  We just love him so much!

My "job" here in the beginning pretty simple.  I played with everyone.  I have very little eyesight (my left eye is deformed and the right pupil is way too small) and I don't hear so well either, but I really don't notice.  Mom and Dad leave lights on for me so that I can see a little better at night...and I sure can hear Mom when she yells...so I'm doing alright.  I've been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and sometimes it's not easy to get around.  You can read my story by clicking on the link.  Every night, I get on Mom and Dad's bed for my nightly belly rub.  Isn't life great?

I'm a "lethal white" Aussie mix, click on this link to find out more.  Check out Kandoo's story on the Pets with Disabilities page.

Augie, Austin and Dimmer take real good care of me and we have lots of fun.

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