My very talented boy with some of his ribbons.

April 16, 1998 - June 10, 2004

Ryun has left the pain of this world behind. He was diagnosed with congenital and hereditary Congestive Heart Failure on May 22, 2004. Not once did anyone think he'd be gone so soon. He was only 6 years old. He tried to live, but his big sweet heart just couldn't hang on. Ryun is the one who started my journey in shelties and the reason that RySong Shelties even exists. Rest well, my sweet man, till I see you again.

You meant the world to me,
My heart in a sheltie body.
Taken way too early,
And too suddenly.
Your big sweet giving heart
Just couldn't hang on.
I see your face and feel you here with me.
You took my heart with you when you left.
Oh I'd give up every other dog
Just for one more day with you.
I'd not be satisfied with that,
But just one more day, one more day.

Rest well, my sweet boy!
You didn't deserve this
You didn't earn the right to die this way.
You, who never asked why, just did out of love.
You, who would die to save my life.
You, who took my heart when you left me.
There will never be another one like you.
Truly, you were my heart dog.
There was nothing you couldn't do.
The joy in your eyes as you played and loved and worked.

Remember me and wait for me.
I will be there one day
And I will be whole again
With my heart where it should be.
There will never be another you
And life will never be the same
This world is a lot colder
Without you in it.
You were never meant to be a show dog,
You were meant to be oh so much more.
My companion, my protector,
My friend, my heart.

My symphony, my heart's song
My Ryun Bryce, my "little king"
I love you and always will
For you forever hold my heart in your paws.

Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
And it's like you haven't been gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time are holding you and me
And with all my heart I'm sure we're closer than we ever were
I don't have to hear or see, I've got all the proof I need
There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe

That when you die your life goes on
It doesn't end here when you're gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if I'm right
Our love can even reach across eternity
I believe, I believe

Forever, you're a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
And I'll hold you even longer if I can
The people who don't see the most
Say that I believe in ghosts
And if that makes me crazy, then I am
'Cause I believe

There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe

~Diamond Rio, "I Believe"

Ryun is a Ch Shadow Hills Leading Edge son. He was bought as a show prospect, but forgot to stop growing. He ended up gorgeous and 18.5 inches tall. He has his AKC and UKC CDX always ending up in the ribbons. He was my first dog to train for competition. He was trained for obedience, agility, tracking and schutzhund. Why schutzhund you ask - well because someone once told me that you can't train a sheltie for schutzhund, so I did. He is partially trained for search-and-rescue and assistance work. He was a perfect gentleman and will always be my very special boy.

Ryun's favorite activity - saving everything that drowns in the pool. Including the ducky thermometer.

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Bar and ribbons by Clan Duncan