Well, it’s been five years since The Red Man started his Rants and Raves and sadly our cast of characters has changed dramatically.
The Red Man Himself in his prime
(deceased February 22, 2016)
Smokey Lonesome Ollie Who Had One Brown Eye And One Blue Eye
(deceased June 12, 2013)
Paw Licker Annie – the Grand Dame for 15 years
(deceased October 02, 2013)
Tennis Ball Obsessed Chelsea who loved her food more than tennis balls
(deceased March 18, 2016)
Squirrel Chaser Spike
fence jumper and last dog standing until…
Charly came home with us from Pawmetto Lifeline
we are not sure who rescued whom
The old woman Slow and Pretty
on the front porch of Casa de Canterbury
The Red Man wrote more than 600 posts during his five years of Rants and Raves. No topic was too sacred – no person too important – to escape his unique perspective and wicked sense of humor. However, he wrote with malice toward none and hoped for a better future for all. His most caustic remarks were reserved for his worthless Editor, the old woman Slow who, despite her numerous faults, loved and adored him as did Pretty who was renowned for her Pretty pets.
It’s been difficult to know how to cope with Red and Chelsea’s death this year, both personally and with his blog. We have a faithful following and would like to continue giving them smiles and chuckles and points to ponder, and we promise to try to figure out a way to do that in memory of The Red Man and his voice. We will do our best.
(And so we have begun trying an experiment with Red’s writing from his new vantage point of The Middle a/k/a Purgatory where he is apparently trapped with Chelsea. The idea was not original – several followers suggested it – but now the timing is a bit better…we’ll see how it goes.)
Thank YEW for being the Best Followers in cyberspace. If it’s truly a world gone mad, we like to keep good company.