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Dog Blog: Leaway Lynx 1 September 2004 – 15 January 2012

Posted by indigodream on 15 January, 2012

Sunday 15th January

Lynx doing ‘olympic looking’ – with sheep!

Today the unthinkable happened……

The dogs had gone with Richard to visit his mother (aka nanny Renia) just for an hour or so. Now Renia’s garden is doggie heaven, generations of family dogs have always felt at home there and thoroughly enjoyed running round the acre grounds checking behind the various hedges, investigating the woods for traces of the many cats and foxes that regularly traverse the garden – basically a feast for the senses and so much fun .

Lynx settled in straight away – within a fortnight of moving in he was loving the boat and the views….

The visit started with the usual mad charge up the drive then grass flying as they kicked off up the first slope with Jelly Boy Ty in the lead, closely followed by Lou and Lynx. They had a wonderful charge round then came in, smiling, happy, briefly said hello, demanded water and flopped down in the living room. They had a second charge round whilst Richard was re-programming the TV and then, when it was time to leave, all 3 went out at great pace to have a last explore. Richard stood at the top of the drive, whistling and had difficulties getting any dog to come – they were far too busy! Lou ran down but went off to explore to one side, Ty ran round the house to the front door and pushed past Renia very anxious to get back into the house. Whilst Renia went upstairs to get Ty, Richard managed to get Lou to jump into the car and was whistling for Lynx with no response but then had to rush into the house as he had heard Ty bark, possibly distressed and not wanting to leave the bedroom where he was hiding. Ty was duly led to the car then Richard looked round for Lynx, still no response and no sounds of rummaging which led to an initial worry had he gone out through the open gate and been run over by the one car that had gone past in that time but a search of the road and verges proved to be negative.

Richard then went through the wood expecting to find Lynx with his nose glued to a hole in the fence – he used to go into a trance-like state if he thought there was a fox to be watched. But by now Richard was feeling anxious. There was no sign of Lynx in the wood, so Richard was about to explore behind the back hedges when he saw Lynx lying on his side on the grass, peaceful, looking like he was doing a Lou and having a quick rest before catching up with pack – but there was no chest movement, no heart beat, no breath, no response in the eyes and no response when Richard opened Lynx’s mouth to check inside. Lynx was dead……

He was such an endearingly handsome hound – a real advertisement for black greyhounds (which are often overlooked in rescue centres)…

I was at home while all this was happening – Richard rang with the terrible news and brought all three dogs home. I had already spoken to Lynx’s vet (aka Blondie the bloodsucker) about doing a basic autopsy, so once Ty and Lou had been fed we took Lynx’s body to the vet. An examination and x-ray confirmed that Lynx had broken his neck – death would have been instantaneous with no time for pain, which is a mercy. After a while, when we had a chance to say our last goodbyes, we went back to Richard’s mum’s garden just to see if there were any clues to what had happened – our best guess is that he slipped and took a head-over-heels tumble which broke his neck.

We have some small consolations – Lynx died doing what he loved most, rummaging at pace round an exciting garden, having a wonderful time. He always seemed to relish his life with us – from the moment he moved in to the moment he died. He loved cruising – both being close to us on deck and all the excitement of olympic looking at ducks and suchlike. The pain of his loss is indescribable – while Lou and Ty like to spend their day asleep on the most comfortable beds upstairs, Lynx would always lie in the same room as me and would follow me wherever I went, much as Blue used to do. The thought of tomorrow without Lynx is currently unbearable but bear it we must – what choice do we have?

The story of Lynx….

Leaway Lynx aka Lynx was a gorgeous black greyhound born on 1 September 2004 in Ireland and initially raced in Cork then in 2007 moved to this country and raced in Romford, Monmore, Oxford and Coventry. He stopped racing early, his last recorded race was on 27 July 2007 in Romford yet he was the fastest dog we have ever had.

Lynx doing what he loved best – charging round our garden with his pals….

He was initially rehomed by a lady in Ipswich, we are not sure when, but probably in November 2007. She looked after him well and trained him well but sadly in July 2010 her personal circumstances meant that she had to ask for help and we took him on as a foster dog on 25th July 2010 which seems like such a very short time ago. Lynx was a perfect dog, well yes, he did have an air of mischief about him and was very busy (for a greyhound) but he was simply fabulous. His character was such that he began to write a diary which quickly proved to be at least three times more popular than most other blog posts!

Many of you would have followed Lynx’s diary so know what a fantastic dog he was. We were privileged to have had him share our lives. We are gutted that our time with him was so short but delighted that he had lived life to the full and that every day had been an adventure for him.

I have two wry thoughts:

  • I hope that Lynx finds Blue at the rainbow bridge and that they are running free together having boys own adventures full of mild mischief
  • I have to avoid calling Lou the “black widow” – against all the odds she has outlived two of her boyfriends – I hope that she lives a long life and doesn’t dispatch Ty for a good many years yet….

We are devastated and can only say “Run free Lynx”…..

38 Responses to “Dog Blog: Leaway Lynx 1 September 2004 – 15 January 2012”

  1. Adam said

    So sorry to read this news, Sue. This must have been such a shock for you and Richard. You at least know that you gave him a good retirement, and made him an internet star. We’re thinking of you.

  2. Sue said

    Sue,

    I have not stopped thinking about this since you tweeted some time ago. Our mutts are so very precious to us we don’t even realise how much until something like this happens.

    He will be missed on your blog, and on his. I hope you, Richard and Ty and Lou have some closure knowing that he died that way in no pain.

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. xx

  3. Graham and Jill said

    Sue Richard,
    Lynx was a beautiful dog who had a great lust for life, he certainly enriched yours for the short time he was with you, we are saddened by his passing he will be sorely missed.
    Our love and thoughts are with you
    Graham and Jill
    XXX

  4. neil said

    Sue & Richard
    how dreadful! What a shock.
    Awful for you but he didn’t suffer, he was just thoroughly enjoying himself. And he’d had a wonderful life with you.
    Kath

  5. Lorna said

    I am so sorry to hear of this terrible news ……my heart goes out to you ……x

  6. Marina and Simon said

    Lynx was a very special boy who lived with a very special couple. You can be sure he was happy to the very end. Take care Sue & Richard, our thoughts are with you X

  7. Lesley said

    I’m in tears. What can I say…I am so, so sorry to read this awful news and I know that you will be bereft about losing such a wonderful dog. The fact that he went instantly, painlessly and enjoying his splendiferous wonderful rummaging is small comfort, but comfort it is. You gave him a fantastic retirement, what more could a Houndie ask of his forever home?
    with love and hugs
    Lesley

  8. So very sorry for you all, Sue. My thoughts are very much with you x

  9. nb Chance said

    So sorry to hear about Lynx, We can’t imagine what a terrible shock it must be for you both, our thoughts and best wishes are with you,
    Doug, James and Oscar x

  10. Sue and Richard

    Just don’t know what to say for once, except that we are so, so sorry to hear about Lynxie. Others have already said everything I can think of… well done for giving him such a fantastic retirement.

    Sally will never know what she missed.

    Take care of yourselves

    Love and hugs

    Bruce and Sheila xxx

  11. Freespirit said

    Sue and Richard,

    We cannot tell you how sorry we are to hear about Lnnx. Having lost our Judy a few months ago we know how hard it must be for you both. We send you all our love,

    Irene & Ian xx

  12. Greygal said

    I’m hoping Blue, Arthur and Lynx are up to no good at the Bridge and having huge amounts of doggie fun. There may well be Lympic Lookin and Lympic Rummagin and definitely Lympic Snoozin. A privilege to have known and fussed you all. xx

  13. indigodream said

    Thanks everyone for your kinds words – it means a lot to us – we are really struggling with Lynx’s loss – hard to believe that his unique voice has been lost forever….

  14. Kevin said

    So tragically sad 😦 My heart goes out to you all.
    At least Lynx lives on in his blog writings, gone but never forgotten.
    Huge hugs.

  15. Simon said

    So, so sorry to read this. I’m glad you have such a store of photos and words, but nothing makes up for a Lynx-sized hole in your lives. x

  16. Amy said

    My thoughts are with you both. How sad to lose such a wonderful dog. I never really met him but have loved reading about his adventures – he was so lucky to have you and he really was a star!
    RIP Lynx

    Amy
    NB Lucky Duck

  17. Kath said

    What can I say. It has all been said before but my heart goes out to you both and I will miss his blog diary. ( I do read yours as well but I admit I sometimes skim read yours while I read every word he wrote!)

    Kath
    nb.bobcat

  18. Anne Winwood said

    So very sorry to hear about Lynx…….his character came out in his blogs(!) and I cannot imagine how you must feel without him…..my thoughts go out to you both.

    Anne

  19. indigodream said

    I’ll confess that my first day without Lynx has been total rubbish – he always followed me round the house/garden and I can’t imagine the blog without his insights on life.

    I know it will get easier with time and who knows, maybe Ty or Lou will wake up long enough to give a dog’s eye view of life, but I can’t imagine it at the moment…..

  20. Nick Holt said

    Though we’ve only met virtually via your blog, I just thought I’d write to say my family’s thoughts are with you. We read the blog this morning and found it heartbreaking. What a terrible accident. Our best wishes. With boats, life and dogs so intertwined it’s almost impossible to think of one without the other. Take care, nick and family, blogging @ http://inlanding.wordpress.com/

  21. So sad, so sorry to have never met him. He’ll be sorely missed in blogland.

  22. Chris said

    So so …. so sorry to read this…
    but he went to doggie heaven doing what he liked doing best.
    My sympathy is with you.. as I know what it is like
    loosing a friend like Lynx
    My Very best wishes….. the pain will ease but as you already know,
    the memories will never fail !

  23. Del & Al said

    We’re so sorry about Lynx, it must have been such a shock and you must be feeling terrible. Try to take comfort that you gave him such a good home and made his doggie life so happy xxx

  24. Graham said

    It is hard to say anything positive at such a grim time but we should try.

    He was the champion chikin eater. He was both a looker and a champion looker. He was top dog in the blogosphere. What more could he have aspired to?

    I only knew him through his own unigue words but will miss him, so you must be devastated. He, however, was not finterested in the slow, painful decline into old age. He went out at the peak of his powers and fame, just as he would have wanted!

  25. Liam, Lena and Seamus said

    Guys, that’s awful news. Consolation is scant help but what a fantastic few years you gave him. It’s a dogs life, but boy what a life he had when he met you guys. I think he was the first to greet Seamus when he tried walking on water through the pond at stir up. Very sad, and our thoughts are with you both and the 2 doggies!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. indigodream said

    I cannot believe how many people have commented, emailed, texted, facebooked.

    Folks, your comments are fantastic, thank you so very much.


    Richard

  27. ellie said

    Heartfelt sadness. The memories will live on. x

  28. Dave B nb Sokai said

    How do say goodbye to a friend whom you have never met but you feel you Know him he is now in Hound heaven enjoying himself
    You will be missed Our thoughts are with you Richard & Sue

  29. Halfie said

    Condolences from both of us. Halfie and Jan.

  30. Oh no…. we’re so sorry to hear about Lynx. We’ll miss his doggie ramblings. What a terrible shock for you all to lose a precious family member.
    Our thoughts are with you from the other side of the globe.
    Elly and Mick in Oz (http://ellyandmick.blogspot.com/)

  31. SnowyOwl said

    So so sorry to hear this. I read about it yesterday and was so emotional about it I couldn’t write anything here. I know what its like to lose a beloved dog, it breaks your heart.

    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  32. tracy howe said

    I can’t believe that in the blink of an eye beautiful Lynx has gone. I loved reading of his escapades , they always made me laugh. He had a wonderful life with you and lived it to the full. My heart goes out to you in your sorrow but I’m sure you will take comfort from the fact that you gave him such a wonderful home and loved him so much.

  33. Aly said

    Shocking news which is so very sad to read, my heart really goes out to you both. Whenever a beloved pet passes can never be the right time but there must be some crumb of comfort to be had from knowing he had no suffering and that he was doing something he loved so much.

    First they steal your heart, then they break it….. I’m so sorry for you having to go through this. Regards, Aly

  34. NB: Lazy Daze said

    Just read your news on Sue’s blog (NB: No Problem), I am in tears reading what has happened. My thoughts are with you all. RIP Lynx xxx

  35. June said

    I am so sorry to hear about Lynx. Loved reading his blogs they brightened my day when I was feeling down and helped me to get over the loss of my beloved suzie at this time last year. This is the second sad piece of doggie news in two days for me – Shep the sheepdog at our annual holiday cottage in the Peak District died yesterday. Not as traumatic as Lynx as he was found curled up as if he was asleep.

    I always think that our doggie companions are the sunshine in our sometimes grey lives.

    Thinking of you all

    June

  36. carrie said

    I’m so so sorry! Poor dear Lynx. I wonder if Ty knew something was wrong, rushing in to hide like that. You must be reeling still, but know that no-one could have given him more love, care, comfort and fun than you did. Hugs xx

  37. chazat said

    RIP Lynx

    Greys are the best – I could not imagine life without ours!!

    Run free!! (and sleep loads!)

    Charlie (and Bobs aka Best Vote)

  38. Mickeys Dad said

    Hello Sue & Richard
    We have been away so only just seen the terrible news about Lynx.
    We are so sorry, as has been said you gave him a wonderful retirement and he passed doing what all Greys like to do, apart from sleeping and eating, charging around the garden.

    Alan & Sara
    Mickey, Lyndi & Charlie

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