Lyra the Labrador

My Life With Lyra the Labrador

We love it when our readers send in stories involving their canine pals!

Hearing all the magnificent connections pups and peeps share, and especially how much our dogs can help us through the toughest of times always brings a smile to our face.

One such story came across our desk recently, sent in by our reader Clancy.

It's a heartwarming reminder of the healing power that dogs bring into our lives and perfect example of the deep connection with have with them.

Here's what Clancy wrote ...

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Lyra is more than just a dog to me – and she always will be.

Sure, Lyra is my best pal. She’s the goodest doggo. She’s my running mate, a crumb catcher extraordinaire, and fetch master.

More than all that, though, she is my guardian angel.

Let me back up.

I grew up always wanting a dog. I knew I didn’t have the time or resources to care for one – however, I was determined to save up, plan, and get a puppy as soon as possible.

I settled for dog-sitting and asking strangers if I could pet their dogs (a little strange, I know). I waited eagerly until the moment I could have a dog of my own.

Weeks turned to months, months to years, and it never felt like the “right moment” to get a pup.

As they say, while you’re busy making plans, life happens.

About a year after I graduated from college, my brother passed away. It was a shock to everyone in my family and in my community.

Looking back on that time, it was very challenging. There weren’t a lot of laughs, there wasn’t a lot of joy. But despite the darkness, there was one notable light.

That light happens to be a dog…a dog named Lyra.

During the difficult time after my brother passed, something incredible happened.

My friends and family surprised me by pooling together the resources to help me get a puppy. After my friends told me what they had done, all I had to do was go and pick her out.

The day I met Lyra, my life changed completely.

When I picked her out, we connected almost immediately. I remember her following me around with the cutest, most curious face and the pinkest little nose.

I could tell she had spunk, which I liked. I could also tell that she was a huge fluff-ball full of love.

When I got to take her home, I was so happy it felt like a dream.

Lyra Smiling

It might seem dramatic, but Lyra’s presence in my family felt like a miracle.

Lyra’s unconditional love brought joy and laughter to my family when those things had previously seemed so far away. Lyra’s licks, cuddles, and unending energy helped heal my family in a way I didn’t know was possible.

What amazes me most about Lyra is her constant patience with me and her joy. Even if I’m having a bad day, she is always by my side, ready to play or sit with me.

Although I always wanted a dog, I truly never knew how important Lyra would become in my life. It feels inadequate to call her my companion – she is my little guardian angel.

She has been by my side in the worst of times and in the best of times. I get excited for every walk, every cuddle session, and every trip to the dog park with her.

Her infectious smile warms my heart and I feel incredibly lucky to have her by my side.

Years have passed now. I have grown and healed – Lyra has grown by my side and helped me through it all.

We pretty much do everything together now. We watch movies, we go on hikes, and we visit family and friends together. If I could, I would take her to work with me…but I’m not so sure how my co-workers would feel about a super-hyper Labrador following them around all day.

My favorite part of the day is coming home to her – tail wagging, tongue out, toy never far out of sight. Every day she reminds me that it’s okay to play, it’s okay to be joyful, and it’s okay to stop and smell the roses once in a while (in her case, she does that literally).

Without a doubt, she is a full-fledged furry member of my family. The bond we share is special and I hope that we’ll continue to have adventures for years to come.

Lyra Sleeping

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