MACARTHUR CHRONICLE CAMPBELLTOWN JULY 22, 2014 12:20PM
It’s not often that newspapers write about the death of a dog.
Most of us know the pain of losing a pet but our loss doesn’t usually make the news.
But when the much-loved special needs dog Myron, 8, lost his battle against cancer on July 15, news of his death travelled swiftly and not just across his hometown.
Within hours of the announcement of Myron’s death on social media, tributes to our famous pooch started pouring in from across the world.
Myron, a blind boxer-border collie mix, had thousands of friends following his ups and downs through life via his Facebook page.
Little did his owner, Raquel Wood, know that when she set up a page for Myron on Facebook that his page would be such a hit.
In Raquel’s lovely book The Magic of Myron, published in 2010, she writes of how she set up the page as a “clever and unique idea”, thinking it would give some of her dog-loving friends a laugh.
“Myron acquired his first 1000 Facebook friends much faster than it took me to get 100 as a human … a lot more went on at Myron’s page than ever happened at mine,” she wrote.
Myron’s page was popular with his four- and two-legged friends because he was so inspiring.
Thanks to Raquel and her husband Terry, Myron led a blessed life and was able to overcome his adversities.
He touched our hearts because, despite his blindness and serious health issues, he managed to bring so much joy to others.
He was the RSPCA’s top Cupcake Day fundraiser and visited countless schools, nursing homes and community groups during his life. He was such a happy fellow, who loved meeting people and always left you with a smile.
It was like a VIP visit when he arrived at the Chronicle office in 2010, not long after Raquel’s book was published. All the staff wanted to meet Myron, who responded with lots of sniffing and tail-wagging. We loved having him and giggled about his visit for weeks afterwards.
Myron made lots of celebrity friends, including Ray Martin, John Paul Young, Tony Lockett, Ita Buttrose and international stars such as Metallica’s James Hetfied and Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff, as he became well-known. But it was Myron that was the star.
Our condolences to Raquel and Terry, who gave Myron such a splendid life filled with love and care.
No wonder he thrived.
Rest in peace Myron.
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