It is with great sadness that we announce that our darling Lucy has passed away, well into her 18th year. Yet it is also with immense pride that celebrate her very long life and her exceptional influence on the Kyon pedigrees.
Our little girl ended up being one of our favourites of all time, although I remember looking at her as a puppy- and thinking she was not ‘quite’ what I wanted. “She is too small- she does not have enough bone” was my thought, and although I certainly could recognize that she had superb structure I decided to place her in a co-ownership home, with friends of ours.
However, Lucy came back to us at age 15 months, after repeatedly going though her owner’s fence and trotting down the highway, taking their other dog along- usually in hot pursuit of a rabbit or other wild-life. Once it became apparent that it was near impossible to confine Lucy we all agreed that Lucy would be happier with us , where she could roam free on our vast acreage – and so she returned to Kyon and stayed with us for the next 5 plus years.
When Lucy returned she had blossomed and she was now certainly all we had ever wanted as she had developed into a stunning golden: moderate in size, yes- but well into the standard. She never once ran away while living here; it was if the lack of fences- once we let her loose to run (like we do with all our own kennel dogs ) then this gave her the confidence to rather STAY.I suppose our nearly 300 acres of bush and fields satisfied her running-desire and her intense hunting drive- and yet she would always come (almost) the very minute we called her name.
I still have a clear picture of her in my mind, as an image of pure joy, running through our fields; leaping and jumping- and always smiling. I remember thinking she was aptly named with her registered name “Born Free”…
Lucy entered the show-ring and finished her title ‘in the blink of an eye’ at 15 months- and then retired to raise 3 litters of Kyon puppies. When she had retired from breeding the plan was actually for her to stay with us forever, but as sometimes happen, she then met another owner, who utterly fell in love with her– and this time Lucy herself also happily chose her new home, and this is therefore where she happily lived for the next 9 years, as a beloved family pet.
Her “forever-owner”, Caroline Abel, reported that Lucy adjusted perfectly to being the pampered pet and single dog in the household. Lucy furthermore often ran into her own descendants at the neighbourhood park, where she went for her daily strolls. Not many people could believe that this athletic and strong golden girl was well into her teens when they met Lucy in her later years. Caroline also shared many a time over the years that her whole family could not say enough good things about the enormous joy that Lucy brought them over so many years, with her incredibly patient and kind temperament.
Finally in the late summer of 2008 at 17.5 years of age Lucy decided she had come to the end of her road- and peacefully she was therefore let go, with Caroline lovingly by her side.
Lucy made a tremendous impact on our breeding program – particularly through her outstanding son Romeo (Ch Kyon’s Hot to Trot(OS) (1996-2011)) and his many descendants… and thus she is in a lot of pedigrees, on both side of the border.
Lucy’s sire was ch Saddleback Rechargeable Randall(OS) and her dam was ch Kyon’s Whisper.