The King Is Dead… Bart… the de facto owner and editor-in-chief of the up and coming weblog, Los Cuatro Ojos… passed away peacefully on the morning of September 30th, 2008 after a short illness. He was surrounded by his friends and family. He was 13-1/2.
Bart worked hard to train the people who so foolishly considered themselves to be in charge of things at the home affectionately dubbed “The Rat’s Nest”… After taking over management from his mother, Lisa… Bart ran the operation efficiently and firmly. Although he brooked no opposition to his rule… He ruled his subjects with love and more than a little discipline.
Bart always spoke with authority… and people and Mastiffs alike learned to obey quickly and without question. He was affectionately called “The Old Buzzard” by family and friends… But never to his face.
One of the most outstanding memories we hold is of the two years that Bart chose to live as a dog… Despite the objections of his feline associates… Bart took on the role of the canine with an enthusiasm that alarmed his fellow felines and confused many canines… He learned to come when called (to the horror of his fellow cats)… Roll over… Beg… And he gave up purring for the duration. When he had completed the experiment to his satisfaction… He went back into the feline frame of mind like there had been no break at all.
Bart spent his last days in comfort and luxury… He spent his last night saying goodbye to his loved ones and left with the dignity and grace that marked his reign. His passing was marked by a Three Mastiff Howl and he was interred in the flower bed under the bedroom window.