KC, You’ll Always Remain in our Hearts!

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“When the Music’s over, Turn out the Lights”

KC passed away on Saturday night at 10.30. He died of a cardiac arrest, just minutes after he’d come back from his late evening walk, and which would be his last.

I was in Mysore that night when I got the call. I checked out and drove back in the early hours of Sunday morning to find my KC wrapped up in a rug, sleeping in peace. I was heartbroken and tears swelled my eyes.

Under normal circumstances he’d be at the door, wagging his tail to express his joy at my having returned. I’d go to the bedroom to keep my bags and he’d jump onto the bed, lie fully stretched and unless I petted him for 3-4 minutes, he wouldn’t let go off me.

He had been unwell the last month or so. It all started with a severe attack of arthritis. Then he developed kidney infection and later he contracted tick fever, though he never had ticks. We made frequent trips to the Vet and each time he showed signs of recovery, he’d be down again.

He was in obvious pain throughout. He had become so weak that he hadn’t the energy to chase the monkeys from our back yard something he’d do with alarming speed. He was a good eater, but in that one month he hardly had any appetite. Somehow we’d coax him and most times hand feed him so that he got some food into his system. In no time he’d lost 6-8 kgs of weight.

But off-late there were signs of improvement. His appetite had improved. He ate a bit more food and on his own, and was keen to go on short walks.

The last visit to the Vet was on Wednesday the 13th. The doctor examined him and said that his health was showing remarkable improvement. Based on that reassurance, I left for Mysore on Friday morning for a 3-day trip.

On Saturday, he had eaten well through out the day and after his walk at about 10.15 pm, he sat in the kitchen in his customary position watching his mummy - my wife - make chapattis. Suddenly, his eyes began to bloat and his gaze fixed at her. My wife dropped what she was doing and rushed to him, “KC, what’s the matter? Why are you looking like that?” He raised his head one last time and collapsed.

KC’s favorite spot in our back yard, where he would always sit when we had our morning and evening tea was chosen as his final resting place.

At 10.30 - 12 hours after he died - he was laid to rest, in the presence of half-a-dozen of friends from the layout, who had their share of love and affection from KC.

KC gave us 10 years of joy and happiness and his passing away has plunged us into grief. He was family to us. He went through bouts of excruciating pain these few weeks and in one way, he’s out of that agony.

Tears are rolling down my eyes even as I write this. While it’ll take us a while to get over the loss, KC will always be in the hearts of his Mummy, Daddy, two Brothers, his Sister-in-Law, and his 2 and half-year old niece Sagarika, whom he was so very fond off.

Sleep in peace, my son!

Filed under: KC — Birbal at 10:56 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

8 Comments »

Comment by Ritesh Raikar

July 18, 2011 @ 12:37 am

I am very very sad to hear about this loss. May KCs soul rest in peace.

Comment by mahesh

July 18, 2011 @ 12:48 am

Dear Balbir Sir,

Being a dog-lover myself, I can understand the suffering that you are undergoing now. An oft-quoted line to offer some solace - “Remember all dogs go to heaven”. KC is surely seeing all of you as a star in the sky!

Regards,
Mahesh

Comment by Krupanandh

July 18, 2011 @ 1:15 am

Dear Mr.Singh,
You must be surprised to get a note from me…. (Though I am part of your mailing list I have always kept a low profile and followed your works and writings much in appreciation and I respect you very much, I am a silent supporter of yours though I live and reside in Abu Dhabi). I had to write these few lines to you with tears in my eyes too, though I have not come in close quarters with KC but have always adored him as he use to pass my home (2nd cross # 36) every single day (I am an ardent dog lover too).

I am short of words and I can sense your feeling of loneliness without the unconditional love of your beloved son KC, Kindly accept my deepest condolences and I sincerely hope you could tide over this difficult phase.

warm regards
Krupanandh

Comment by Nirmala

July 18, 2011 @ 5:23 am

Dear KC, I will always remember you as an adorable pet. As your huge presence passed by our home ( Sannidhi ) everyday, I would admire your royal walk and enjoy the way our small lil Goofy in all his goofiness would bark at you and you, in your own royal way would look at him as if to say…hey there puny fella, wanna taste of ur own medicine or what?!! Yes, that scene will always remain in my ‘ mind’s eye ‘! In all the glorious years you lived with your family, I’m sure you gave them immense pleasure and love and they can never replace that, ever, with anything or anyone else. Hats off to the love you have given them and the joy they have experienced in knowing you. KC did not live in vain. Someone has already said that all dogs go to heaven…yes that’s true…though it seems you are far away from your family, you have never been closer to them as you are now. Give them the strength to bear this loss that you have created. Bless each one in your family who holds you so close his/her heart. Rest in peace, dear friend and now then if you can…a gentle bark… to show some other kiddos like Goofy that yes, you are still around somewhere!!!

Comment by Nirmala

July 18, 2011 @ 6:42 am

Dear KC, I will always remember you as an adorable pet. As your huge presence passed by our home ( Sannidhi ) everyday, I would always admire your royal walk and enjoy the way our small lil Goofy in all his goofiness would bark at you and you, in your own royal way would look at him as if to say…hey there puny fella, wanna taste of ur own medicine or what?!! Yes, that scene will always remain in my ‘ mind’s eye ‘! In all the glorious years you lived with your family, I’m sure you gave them immense pleasure and love and they can never replace that, ever, with anything or anyone else. Hats off to the love you have given them and the joy they have experienced in knowing you. KC did not live in vain. Someone has already said that all dogs go to heaven…yes that’s true…though it seems you are far away from your family, you have never been closer to them as you are now. Give them the strength to bear this loss that you have created. Bless each one in your family who holds you so close his/her heart. Rest in peace, dear friend and now then if you can…a gentle bark… to show some other kiddos like Goofy that yes, you are still around somewhere!!!

Comment by Madhavi

July 18, 2011 @ 8:41 am

A Picture is worth a thousand words and that certainly is true of KC’s picture posted on your website. His eyes show all the love that he felt for your family. My sincere condolences on the passing of KC. He sure had a lot of admirers.

Comment by Anelia

July 20, 2011 @ 3:38 am

This is really sad to hear about KC. The last time I seen KC was when Praveen and myself visited your house ..what surprise me that he didn’t bark at all and now I know the reason. Pls. accept my heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences of KC passing away…

Comment by Gairik n Sohini

August 12, 2011 @ 10:50 am

Just read this heartbreaking post n felt very bad about your loss.. KC, may your soul rest in peace.

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