Romanii came to live with us aged 5 months in May 2013. He was lovingly bred by Sue Jones of Droleus Cavaliers, and she nourished very high hopes of him being a success as a show dog. However sadly Romanii was lacking in a certain area (leading to the nickname Pinocchio!) and she very generously entrusted us with him.
Having watched him grow over the past few months it was decided that he needed something to occupy his mind and burn off some of the excess energy that he has. He has shown an aptitude for cornering at speed, leaping over plant pots and sprinting the length of the garden, and it was from this that the plan to introduce Romanii to the world of agility was born.
He is still a puppy and therefore cannot participate in competitions until he reaches eighteen months of age, but training is well underway!
When we say, well underway, we mean that so far, he's learnt to sit....
Unfortunately, at the age of one, Romanii began to show signs of a neurological disorder, possibly linked to his lack of testicles. He is unable to train or compete in agility, and is being looked after at home. He is still very much a part of our lives and enjoys playing in the garden and play fighting with Huzzah. Romanii is a special boy and while we hope he has a long and happy life with us, this may not be the case. His antics still amuse and entertain us daily, and he will be starting a new career as a blogger and entertainer here on our site. Look out for extracts from Ro's Diary!
Exciting news! At the age of 18 months, and after four independent vet checks, Romanii was granted exemption to be shown. We are delighted to announce that from October 2014, Romanii will be a full part of the Lyzahro Show Team in his own right, and we can't wait to get him out in the ring. Showing is in this boy's blood, and we just know that he will take the show world by storm.
Romanii enjoyed a brief career in the ring, but was retired after 8 months, as he was not able to cope with the stresses involved in showing. He rarely left a class unplaced, and had a ball while at the shows, but struggled with the after effects. He was retired after the Royal Welsh Spring festival in May 2015, and is now back to being a much loved pet, spending his saturdays snuggled on the sofa and dreaming on catching pigeons.
Sadly, Romanii's condition progressed, and in July 2016 he was diagnosed with Syringiomyelia, a debilitating neurological condition, which causes pressure on the brain, bringing migraine like pain, involuntary vocalisation, scratching, head banging and disorientation. Romanii appears to have spontaneously developed this condition, as his bloodlines are clear from hereditary conditions. While he is currently stable on medication, he is not able to deal with pressure or loud noises, and does not often leave the house. Otherwise he is perfectly happy and spends the majority of his time on the sofa, overseeing the antics of the beards. The condition, sadly, is both progressive and life limiting, and at some point we may need to make a very hard decision. Until then, Romanii is comfortable, happy and still being very trepid!
Ro is part of a Charity known as the Yellow Dog Community. It is a charity who's aim is to raise awareness of dogs who "need their own space". This could be dogs who have problems such as anxiety, nervousness, or who are being rehabilitated after rescue or illness and injury. It also includes elderly or infirm dogs, or puppies in training. It aims to encourage other pet owners to keep themselves and their dogs away from those wearing the yellow "I NEED MY SPACE" insignia.
If you see a dog wearing the "I NEED SPACE" motto, please respect that dog's boundaries!
Sadly in December 2018 Romanii crossed the bridge as a result of his illness. The medication and treatment given by the vets was no longer enough to stabilise him, and he deteriorated rapidly over the Christmas period. Ro fought his diagnosis bravely and with great dignity until the end, and he will be eternally missed in our household. His space on the sofa wont remain vacant for very long (Zeeva is a thieving little so and so), but his memory will be with us for all time.
To everyone who has been so kind in the days since his passing, for the messages, the flowers, the calls, I thank you all. You made it so much easier.
Helping in the garden.
Braving a campsite on Bank Holiday
Being a Reindeer at Treharris Christmas Match.
Age 2 years.