My beloved Killi, (Lady Wora Killiana of Pelgrims Ring)
came to us from Wanda Oud, Holland, and immediately stole our
hearts. She was supremely confident, had an incredible sense of
humor, and could walk into a group of dogs either loose or tied
and was always respected. She never took advantage of her superiority,
she was the kindest dog one could imagine.
Killi was Best Puppy at the Albuquerque Leonberger National Specialty
at four months old. At two years old she was Best of Breed at
the Leonberger National Specialty in Ohio and finally Best of
Opposite at the Boston Leonberger National Specialty. She loved
to show until the day she died. She was featured at the top of
the Leonberger of America national ad campaign for several years.
(Ad shown below.)
As she aged she was allowed to roam inside or outside the house
at will. She had learned to respect the invisible fence and knew
how to ring the front door bell to be let in, even though no one
used that door. She loved to sleep on the pillow on my bed, not
when I was at home, she knew better. But when I left home, she
would jump up on my bed, sleep on my pillow and look out the window,
waiting for my return. She always met me at the door with a smile
on her face and joy in her heart never suspecting my squashed
pillow was a sure sign she had waited for me on my bed.
I have tears in my eyes writing about her as I miss her so much.
She was such a joy in my life for 8 1/2 years. I will miss her
until the day I pass over the rainbow bridge and see her again.