Home to Beautiful Borzois in the Watchung Mountains in Mountainside, New Jersey

Raynbo Opalesque at Blyss

A Memorial to Opal

a memorial for our borzoi Opal

And a lady always knows when to leave.


As many of our friends know, our youngest borzoi, “Opal” Raybo Opalesque at Blyss, has been ill for some time. It has been heart wrenching to see her fail to thrive, waste away, and know something was wrong but not know what. To know was worse. She fought hard to live. Sadly, she lost.

Opal will always be remembered for her beauty, sweetness and grace, and that her time with us was much too brief. I believe she had a career as a show dog in her future, although perhaps not equaled to that of her great dam. That stopped being important to us, if only she could be well. Opal was happiest when she could be at home, making everyone feel special with her unique style of affection, tapping you with her paw to get your attention, or leaning into you to be scratched behind the ears, or licking your hands and face. Still, I would be a liar if I denied regretting the loss of so many "what could have beens" for her. Truly, she was robbed. With her passing, we lose much, too: Opal's infectious joy, the heart of our home.

Opal's untimely departure makes me recall a wonderful line from one of my favorite movies, Fried Green Tomatoes. Ruth, a much loved main character and a beautiful young woman, dies prematurely. Her friend, Sipsy, comforts their friends with the following words:

"It's all right, honey. Let her go. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave."

Thank you, Roni and Jennifer Zucker, for sending Opal to Blyss. We shall always be so grateful.


"Opal," Raynbo Opalesque at Blyss
October 21, 2004 - July 7, 2006

“May we meet again, Dearest Little One.”


Lorene Connolly & Robert Dwyer
Blyss Kennels
Mountainside NJ