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An ode to Kibo the wonder dog

by:  - Vance W. Tong is the publisher and editor of the Central Oregonian. He can be reached at: 
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Last week, my good friend Greg had to make the difficult decision to end the suffering of his long-time canine companion, Kibo.
   I, myself, have never owned a dog. Since my father is allergic to animal dander, having a dog simply wasn't an option for me.
   When I moved out on my own, I either wasn't home enough to have a dog or simply didn't have a home suited for one.
   As long as I've known Greg, he has always had at least one dog - Kibo being the most recent of them.
   Named after a mountain in Africa, Kibo was a black Labrador that I will remember for her seeming unending supply of energy.
   She was Greg's companion for the past 15 years and accompanied him on many a camping trip or other outdoor activity.
   I'm envious of people who have the relationship that Greg and Kibo had, but sadly I'm still not ready to commit to a dog. I simply don't have the time.
   I'll be honest, Kibo drove me nuts most of the time. Nonetheless, I liked her and will miss her.
   In the end, the energetic pooch that I had always remembered was severely weakened due to being afflicted with cancer. She wasn't the same dog I met nearly 15 years earlier.
   I once joked that "Kibo" was latin for "stupid," but Greg's moniker for her, "Kibo the Wonder Dog" was much more fitting.
   I'll miss you Kibo.
   Vance W. Tong is the publisher and editor of the Central Oregonian and hopes to have his life in order enough some day to own a dog. He can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.