The first dog of my adult life was Raza. When I moved to Bowling Green, Ohio to work on Clamor in 1999, Raza was living with Jason and Renee. Later, when Jason and I started dating, and eventually moved in together, we shared responsibility for him and he became the Clamor mascot, to be joined in 2004 by Tobe. Later, Raza moved to Arizona with Jason, and Tobe moved to California with me.
Yesterday, Jason had to put Raza to sleep. I’m incredibly sad by his passing, as he was a daily part of my life for many years, and I miss him. He was older and sick, and it was the right thing to do, and Jason cared for him, and at the end, he was loved. He had a good life and I guess that’s all you can ask for, and that it’s part of accepting that things change and good things sometimes end.
Thanks to Mr. Dog Raza for all of his years and the memories from living together on Islington St, him running around in the back yard, tearing up the garden, and barking at the neighbors. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see him one last time – and it seems you never know when the last time will be.