A Tribute to A Remarkable Man Who
Cherished the Breed
Lawrence Gerald Myers – February 26, 1964 – September 22, 2009
My soulmate passed away on September 22, 2009 from a tragic farming accident.
It is still hard for me to comprehend that I have lost my "partner, soulmate, my perfect fit".
Together, we watched our Canaans mature and grow, and confidently handle many roles: watch dog, guardian, stockdog, tracker, and most of all, be loyal and trusting companions.
Thanks to our partnership, Macc, Cybelle, and Ash, were encouraged to develop their natural talents and skills to their fullest. What a wonderful way to live, even for too short a time. We are heartsick to lose a man unafraid to practice his convictions.
It is no wonder the CD was used for tracking and landmine detection in Israel. Their senses are so highly acute. When Larry passed, there was one of his shoes that went missing in the pasture at the accident. Macc found it and brought it home. I placed the shoe with the other one I brought home from the hospital in the hall closet. Five minutes later Macc started to scratch at the closet door. I opened it and he carried the shoes out one by one and laid down beside them. He did this ritual for weeks, as well as waiting in repose at the entrance to our land close to the time that Larry would come home each night. It was both touching and heart wrenching to watch. The sensibilities of the breed are thought-provoking and precious.
It seems impossible that we have lost him, with so much to contribute to life itself and to others. With Larry, our partnership learned the lessons that living life on vast expanses of not yet tamed land can teach. We asked our Canaan dogs, Macc, Cybelle and Ash, to bring their dormant talents and skills as watchdogs and herd dogs into play, and were thrilled at the responses from all three. So many came to admire his love of his dogs, his commitment to the breed, his hard work ethic and most of all his gracious spirit. I am so glad that he got to see Macc shine like he always thought he could, and that Macc found his purpose as a working dog on our farm.
I feel blessed that I have friends, family and dogs in my life to keep me on my toes and appreciative of what I have, and don't have:-)
I will always remember what it is like now, to have such a huge part of yourself taken away and then live with out it. I miss him more than anyone can know. But, in my journey, with my dogs, work, and love of life, family and friends it gives me perspective and courage.
I hope to carry on with our dream out west, and further the passion, drive and insight that flourished in my soulmate.
Throughout our Kennel site, his passion for the breed is undeniably felt. In my heart, our work and journey together with our breed, will remain forever.
Sleep well dear friend. We will celebrate you in our journey ahead. Lovingly, Michelle and our Canaan Crew
You will be forever in our hearts and memories.
love is not to look at one another,
But to look together in the same direction”.
Antoine De Saint Exupery