Lida was the fulfillment of a life long dream for her loving and devoted owner Harry.
She was one of three puppies in a carefully planned litter. Her mother was a bitch I had imported from
Brazil and her father was imported from the , both from outstanding bloodlines noted both for beauty and excellent temperament. As one of the major goals of my breeding program was to produce dogs that could become working service dogs, these characteristics are as important to me as show wins. Lida’s two sisters indeed did go on to become service dogs, one working with an epileptic child and the other with an autistic child. US
Lida was the most beautiful, and I thought about keeping her. But after Harry got in touch with me and I got to know him, even if only through correspondence and mutual friends in
, where he lives, I knew that Lida couldn’t have a better home than with him. He had always wanted a pedigreed collie, and now finally had the possibility, and I could make his dream come true. Greece
Lida had to stay with me until she was seven months old, due to the regulations for importing dogs into EU countries from
, and it was really hard to part with her. But Harry welcomed her with an open heart, and she quickly adjusted and returned his love. Israel
Harry lives in
, and Lida learned to live as a city dog. She was a favorite of friends and family, and also had a successful show career, becoming a Greek champion. The only problem she had in the show ring was enthusiasm – she was so happy to prance around, meet people, and show off, that she often carried her tail quite high and always in motion. But despite her happy tail, she had a string of wins and excellent critiques. Athens
I visited them in
, and saw first hand how much they loved each other, and what a lovely person Harry is. I was really happy with my decision to let him have this happy girl. Greece
Motherhood was another successful experience for her, she produced a lovely litter of puppies, and the most beautiful daughter stayed with Harry.
Harry’s mother, quite elderly and frail, was living alone in a village outside of
. She dearly loved Lida and the affection was mutual. Harry had Lida’s daughter at home also, so decided that it would be great for both his mother and Lida if she had a country vacation. Lida could give Mrs. L. companionship and she would have a nice yard to play in, rather than the busy Athens streets. The arrangement worked out really well; although Lida was happy to see Harry on his frequent visits, she was very bonded to Mrs. L. and very satisfied with country life. Athens
And then one day a month or so ago, I received the tragic news – Lida was dead. Robbers had broken into Mrs. L’s little house and Lida had attacked them to protect her beloved partner, and was beaten to death. As Lida lay dying, Mrs. L. was beaten and dragged across the floor, her purse and money were stolen, and she was left lying bleeding on the floor.
The cruelty is still impossible to comprehend. Harry is heartbroken and his mother feels that she has lost a true member of the family, another being that she loved like a child, and that lost her life defending her.
There are no more words to describe this. Lida was six years old when she died.
This is the story of a true collie.
Addition: We have been notified that Lida has been honred posthumously by the Collie Club of America for her bravery and devotion, with the Shining Star award. It is a great honor and also a comfort to us all.