Beloved Rumba Has Passed

Dear Friends,

Carola Polakov’s beloved dog who has been a part of the St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run family for years has passed. Below is a note from Carola announcing her passing. The Friends will miss Rumba dearly. Any condolences can be sent to Carola at

Dear friends and family,

Our beloved Rumba passed on to the other side Saturday night (1/09). She died in my arms, surrounded by her dear friends Vaneik, Julia and Kioko. Sylvia also spent some time with her that evening. Since she was diagnosed with cancer, the day after Christmas, she had a couple of bad days, but mostly good. There were days that she looked quite sprite and in good spirits. I had hopes that the homeopathic treatment would work, but her illness was too advanced and finally she was too weak to keep on fighting.

She has been cremated and in the next few days her remains will be sent to me. I’ll let you know when we can get together in the park to spread the ashes. I will keep some of them to spread in the creeks in the Catskills where she was so happy swimming and hiking. Rumba was a wonderfully loving companion and the sweetest girl I could have hoped for. She gave me and her many friends much joy during her time with us and I know that she will always be remembered. Soon you will be receiving a photo video montage that I’m preparing as a tribute to her.

Thank you all for your support, sympathy and kind words, and most of all for loving her.

With love,