The life and work of artist, farmer, Golden Retriever breeder,etc.... Lisa Head Harbidge

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Loss of a Friend

Grand-daughter Kiss, Teka, Great Grand Daughter Carbo

It is with a heavy heart I pass along the news that Teka has peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Teka was not just my first Golden Retriever, but so many other things as well. She was my first purebred dog. A dog that led me into showing and became my first champion! It was through her I got involved in the sport, life and passion of purebred dogs where I've met wonderful people and dogs, and learned not only what it is to be an ethical, responsible breeder, but also to pursue the preservation of a breed type. I even started my boarding kennel business because there was no where in the community where I could leave a dog comfortably. Her temperament was true Golden Retriever and the foundation for my breeding program that continues to shine in her daughters, grand-daughters and great grand daughters now.
In order to continue a breeding program reality means sometimes placing my retired girls so I can focus on the upcoming generation.I was fortunate to be able to share her with my sister's family for the past 9 years and will always be grateful for the wonderful care and love she was given. She touched so many lives and lived a wonderful 16 years and 2 months! A wonderful accomplishment and a blessing!
Run along and play now my girl! We won't forget you...


  1. We are so sorry to hear about Teka, Lisa. She was a truly special dog - how fortunate for you and your family to have had her for 16 years. We are so grateful that such a wonderful dog was the foundation for your breeding program. The McNeill's from Calgary

  2. Lisa, we send our condelences to you all. We are fortunate to have a genetic link of Teka. Scribbles has grown into a wonderful dog. Sincerely, Karen, John, Lukus, Kristian, Dawson and Scribbles (woof!)

  3. Awwww... I am so sorry for your loss Lisa. I know how loved Teka was and oh, what a beautiful soul. You will be greatly missed Teka.


  4. Dear Lisa,
    It is with a very sad heart that I read your beautiful tribute to Teka. She was such a special friend to our family, and through her we found our beautiful dog Burner , her great grandson. Teka was loved so much by our family, she was such a kind and gentle soul. We loved having her come and stay with us, it was so wonderful to watch Teka and Burner together,he always seemed to help her find a wee bit more energy when they were together. Our thoughts are with you,your family, Bob, Judy,Robin and Laurel. Thank you for sharing her with us,her spirit will live on in all of her beautiful family. Jim, Linda ,Corbin and Burner Adams