Emma & Lyra’s story
“Having decided the time was right for our first dog, we were recommended a Smooth Collie by a family member and long time owner. I brought home Lyra in May 2018.
I can’t begin to put into words how Lyra has changed my, no saved, my life! I live with depression and she has been the best treatment and medicine ever administered. In the words of a dog behaviourist friend, “You don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need”! And oh, how I needed Lyra my beautiful Smooth Collie!
They are exceptionally intelligent, loyal beyond words, sensitive and bold. I’m a first time dog owner and Lyra and I are learning together. From puppy classes, proprioception classes to ringcraft classes, to the show ring itself (including Crufts) and now agility, the latter in which she is very driven.
Lyra is very social with other dogs, and is loved by all her local doggie friends and their owners, for the joy and playtime she brings. She has even been booked by a local dog training school to help very shy dogs in one-one training for socialisation.
Lyra is very fast and playful, and enjoys herding up the other dogs and any roaming humans. I often get asked how she is in the home, as I think people have the image of a collie as having no ’off switch’. Lyra and I do a lot of different things together, long walks in the country, short walks in our local city parks, hours up our allotment, dog shows, agility, walks into the city centre, outings in the car, on the train and on the bus. But we also spend many hours cwtching quietly on the sofa. Lyra is more than a dog, more than a wonderful loving and fun companion, she has opened my world to a life I never knew existed and to a community of really lovely people dedicated to this vulnerable breed.”
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