The love of my life and constant companion struck down by
congenital heart disease at age 3. I'm completely devastated
by this unexpected loss. All the joy has gone out of
Age 11 months
Carroy O'Malley was born
11 February 2001. His breeder is Lynne Rosebrock of Hounds of Carroy.
O"malley was reserved for someone who ended up deciding on
a female from a slightly younger litter Lynne had instead.
Meanwhile I lost my hearthound
Lacy Too to bone cancer on 21 April 2001.
I grieved on the Irish Wolfhound mail list and Dani Duniho took
it upon herself to help me find a new hearthound. She contacted
Lynne and got the two of us together. O'Malley was just becoming
available at that time when his almost owners decided upon a different
On Friday, May 25th O'Malley
came home with me to begin his life with me.
Oh what a puppy he has
been! Intelligent, curious, adventurous and not a malicious bone
in his body. His training is based upon love, lots and lots of toys
and redirection. House breaking took about 2 days, though I made
sure to rouse him out of bed and take him out back first thing in
the morning for about two months. There are about 8 steps on the
front porch. At first we walked them very slowly together but within
a week he was walking them by himself. He learned quickly that he
had the run of the house, my bed and the couch.
The furniture got a
covering of Bitter Apple lotion at puppy level and after a first
lick has been left alone. Instead his chewies have been cow hooves,
soft dogie toys, a big pull rope left over from Jake and Lacy's
puppy hoods and large rawhide rolls without knots at the ends.
He loved the rawhide rolls best. I eliminated them from his toy
selection after his adult teeth came in and he could tear one
apart in about 10 minutes. I did not want him swallowing large
chunks of rawhide. But when he still had his puppy teeth a roll
was good for a couple days worth of chewing before I took it
He and I were walking
the same general direction after a couple days of leash training
and I started him on short daily walks. At 20 weeks we started
in puppy school. He loved it and graduated with honours being
the only puppy to maintain a 15 minute down stay in his class.
At 6 months of age he
went on his first Land Rover camping trip. We camped along the Northern
California and Oregon costs for a week. He is taking to camping
well. He requires more supervision than Lacy did but Lacy had spent
a good year of her life actually out Land Rover camping.
When not out camping
O'Malley and I try to go out for a long walk along the beach each
day. I try to get to Light House field or Beach at least once a
month. These are dog friendly areas in the City of Santa Cruz where
dogs are allowed to play off leash mornings and afternoons.
There are two special
people who made it possible for O'Malley and I to be together.
Without their help I would still be without a dog and O'Malley
would have found a home someplace else. Leah Bradshaw and Dani
Duniho Have been officially designated as O'Malley's Aunties
with all right and privileges of Auntieship.
You both have caused
my life to become a lot brighter and I thank you very much!
It pleases me to
note that O'Malley and Lacy Too are related. O'Malley's maternal
Grandmother, Carroy Victoria Secret, is virtually a full sister
to Lacy Too's Maternal Grandfather, Fleetwind Guinness McKenna.
Both share the same sire and their dams are full sisters.
I very much appreciate
having part of Lacy Too in O'Malley.
information/ Conformation/ Health details
Born: 11, February
23 2004 from congenital heart disease. Note a littermate
brother of his died Oct. 2004 for a different heart problem.
Rosebrock of Mariposa, California
Xaltare of Kerryarc
This animal was
taken during a dog show and has not been seen since.
Neath Ch Lux Ch
Quincy of Kilmara
Ger Ch Int. Ch
Maevrick's Zippy Zodiak
Esmeralda at Erinwood
Red Tops Storm King
Red Tops Katerina
Erinwood Driella of Marumac
Erinwood Misty Isle Whysper
Carroy Visa Gold
Died at 7 years
Noinin Cnoc Noll of Limerick
Grianan Ladd of Limerick
Starkeeper's Ard Darby Grianan
Kellcastle Alain Banselgare
Carroy Victoria Secret
Dieter Von Der Oelmuhle
Died 6 yr, Heart
Ger. Ch Int.
Maevrick's Zippy Zodiak
Fleetwind Carroy Vanessa CD
Fleetwind Bonniebrae Magic died 12 yrs
O'Malley grew by stages
with what appear to be structural faults showing up with one
growth spurt then disappearing during his next growth spurt.
At 8 months of age his skeletal structure finally started looking
like it all belonged to the same dog and he has started to
carry his very long tail off the ground. He finally started
growing into his ears and extra long tail. At one year of age,
my only structural concern is that his rear body tracks slightly
to the right of his front body while he runs. His rear legs
have tracked offset to the the front since I got him and I
suspect it is a real structural fault that will stay with him.
One of his testicles never matured. It is there, descended
but juvenile in size. This means he is not showable.
However he is first and foremost my best friend and constant
companion and these faults do not detract from that or affect
his daily life.
Personality wise he
is a happy, outgoing intelligent boy. Curious and easily bored
by the same old toys two days in a row. There is no hint of a
malicious bone in his body. During our walks, he is almost daily
set upon by strange children intent upon providing hugs and pets.
He loves the attention. Every dog he sees is a potential playmate,
every person a potential petter. You could not ask for a nicer
So far he is the very
picture of good health and has never had a sick day. My vet
is a little concerned that his heart rate seems to be a little
on the high side of what she expects (around 140)
but says it could well be from the excitement of vet visits.
He is an eager eater only too happy to try strange treats from
any source (Yes there can be several stories here)
In June 2004 O'Malley
went downhill rapidly and was having laboured breathing. An
emergency vet visit showed normal electrolyte balance, high
white cell count and a heart rate of 180 plus. An ultrasound
scan showed a very abnormal heart shape. The cavity where
is heart and lungs are was full of fluid making for laboured
breathing. The vet referred to his condition as advanced
congenital heart disease. On the doctors advice I had
him put to sleep. I had just lost my very best
friend in the world and constant companion. Thinking
back on his life, tell tale signs of a poor heart were there. A
high heart beat every time he want to the vets. Sometimes
breaking into heavy panting from just laying on his side
for a while and him seeming to loose interest in strenuous
play within 5 minutes of starting when the other dogs he was
playing with were still at it. While he had explosive
initial energy it was gone in just a couple minutes. Otherwise
he was the picture of robust health. I'm
supervised my own heart goes on beating with a fresh Wolfhound
sized hole in it. He was just entering his adult prime. We
were supposed to have several more years together. Instantly
all the joy of life has fled with my dearest friend and constant
Carroy O'Malley's Sire: Erinwood Xaltare of Kerryarc "Kiefer",
Carroy O'Malley's Dam: Ch. Carroy Visa Gold "Visa", a
And O'Malley himself:
O'Malley at the "Little Grand Canyon" in the San Rafiel
Swell in Utah, 2002 During a 3 week Land Rover camping trip.
O'malley settled with his friend Bart. 7/02
Dog & cat day afternoon. O'malley with friends Bart
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