Thursday, April 24, 2014



                                    BISS  GCH Aryal Aroi Stoney Ridge CDX TDX RE AX AXJ SC
                                                              April 4 2005-April 17 2014

  You came into my life when I needed a puppy and I had no idea what the future would bring to us.
Together you and I learned so much from each other.  From the start you taught me what happens mentally to a puppy when they are sick and hospitalized away from everything they know, how frightening and traumatic it is for them. I changed how I approach and hospitalize ill puppies and am a better veterinarian because of you.

When we entered the conformation ring, you and I could beat almost anyone. Rarely had I ever placed in the group, yet we started off earning a Group 1 from the classes. I looked like a rank novice in the Best in Show lineup. You looked like you belonged and owned the ring. That was just the beginning of your career. You won specialty after specialty including our National always owner handled. One of my dreams was to win a specialty and High in Trial with the same dog. You did that for me.

Performance sports were never your first love but you did everything I ever asked and with a style and steadiness everyone envied. You taught me to be a better more patient trainer. You hated being asked to do the same exercise more than twice. You taught me "Less is More" in training. Once you learned the exercises you were so reliable, I could count you to quailify. In fact we earned multiple specialty High In Trials both from the Novice and Open obedience ring.

In tracking you were the only greyhound I have ever had that would track in the rainstorms. You were one of the few that earned their TDX on their first attempt. Your TDX test was in dry year with little vegetation. The conditions were hard,the grass was short, the track was long with turns on dirt. You stuck it out  and after 44 minutes of hard work  you did it and became one of the few TDX greyhounds.

Agility was never a favorite once the tunnel "bit you" . But you continued and succeeded so we went onto other venues.

Your first love was running as it should be with a greyhound. You could run like the wind and never wanted to stop.

You were always such a serious dog but sometimes you would forget and be a silly puppy again.

You were  the most beautiful greyhound I have ever seen. Because of you I became recognized in the greyhound world. I was often asked-Are you Lyric's owner? You were known and made me known internationally.

I can't believe you were fine one day and gone the next. I had no warning, no time to say good bye.
I hope I gave to you as much as you gave to me.
Be free and run the hills again


Hiking Hounds said...

I am so, so, sorry to see that you lost Lyric. Your tribute to her is beautiful. I actually remember the first time I saw Lyric when I brought puppy Zephyr to the specialty in Lompoc. I saw her and thought she was absolutely beautiful. I loved her face. I'm sure she knows how much you love her. You are in my thoughts.

Hazel said...

Lyric and you were meant for each other. The loss is unfathomable, and will never be "okay". Thank you for making her life so wonderful.

Cynthia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Helen. Lyric was a lovely, lovely girl.

Sheryl Bartel said...

So, so, sorry to hear. So unexpected. Lyric was such an outstanding girl.

Anonymous said...

I had to wait until my tears dried before I could type this comment. What a fabulous tribute to your dear, dear Lyric! You and she accomplished so much during her way-too-short life. May the memories of the times with her comfort you in your loss. Take care.
Love, Donna and daughter Becca

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! There's no good way to lose them, but having no time to prepare is so hard. Lyric was absolutely beautiful and I'm truly sorry for your loss.