Closure, Finally


Today I received a call from Tufts with the final necropsy report on Kroni. He died from a “vascular accident,” a blood clot near his poll. He basically had a stroke.

Kroni enjoying a vacation in Vermont.
Kroni enjoying a vacation in Vermont.

In many ways, learning this has given me relief. Since he died, I have spent many hours wondering what I could have done differently. Should I have taken him to Tufts earlier? Had I caused the problem by giving him an IM shot? Had one of the vets missed something?

Now I know that the answer to all of those questions was no. We could not have saved him and nothing anyone did caused the problem. It was simply very bad luck.

Kroni at the Patriot's Day Reinactment. I regret that I won't be able to participate in this event any more. It was great fun.
Kroni at the Patriot's Day Reinactment. I regret that I won't be able to participate in this event any more. It was great fun.

I am grateful for the exceptional care that he received during the last week of his life and for the thorough work performed at Tufts after his death. It is good to have some closure.

Riding off to rouse the Minute Men. I'll miss our rides together.
Riding off to rouse the Minute Men. I'll miss our rides together

2 thoughts on “Closure, Finally

  1. I was stunned & deeply saddened to learn that your beloved Kroni had died.

    Please accept my condolences.

    Having a necropsy done & identifying the cause of death would be very important to me as well.

    In memoriam & requiescat in pace, Kroni.

    Regards,
    Shoshin

  2. I have been told that stroke is extremely rare in non-humans.
    I hope this does indeed bring you comfort to know that there was nothing you could have done to save him or to prolong his life.
    You did the right thing, many times. Kroni, wherever he is, knows that. And now, so do you.

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