My heart is breaking right now and the tears just won’t stop. I just got a phone call from Todd letting me know that they have lost Joy. I’ll never forget the happiness that Joy brought to Todd, Lisa and the kids. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They are all so heartbroken.
Ebony & Ivory’s Joy of Joy’s, JH
5/2/2000 – 7/29/2009
Sire: FC-AFC Webshire’s Honest Abe
Dam: Saltmarsh Judds Shadow Babe, MH
Owner/Handler: Todd Williams
From Todd’s write up of Joy’s Biography for the Retriever Demos in 2003
Joy, a 3 yr old black female Labrador Retriever, is the “Princess” of the training group….for obvious reasons (she’s black), and always gets preferential treatment from Vicky. Vicky always has room in her kennel for Joy J Joy comes from a long line of outstanding retrievers, including NFC Webshire’s Honest Abe, Ebony & Ivory and Saltmarch Judd’s Shadow Babe, MH. Todd purchased Joy when she was 10 months old to be a companion dog for Jessie, but little did he know…Joy is a voracious retriever in a “plain black wrapper”! Joy is great in the boat and in the blind and there is nothing she won’t do to earn a chance to retrieve. Joy earned her AKC Junior Hunter title and can’t wait to go after her Senior Hunter title. Joy is obedient, jealous, spoiled rotten, loves to steal the ball from Jessie and will do anything to please. Joy’s favorite TV show is “Duck Hunting with Eli Haydel” on the OLN.
Why is it so hard to lose these dogs that get to our hearts? Why do we end up doing it all over again? Why????
Not even my own dog and I can't seem to come to grips with this loss. Todd started out as one of my clients and quickly became a best friend. I helped him find Joy to join the family ad their yellow Lab, Jessie. I joined in the family's happiness when she was bred to my boy, Bopp, and produce a wonderful litter.
I remember the dove and goose hunts we went on and Joy's enthusiasm in retrieving. She loved Todd so very much.
For the life of me, I can't imagine her gone.