Back to CWH home page

In honor and memory of Lisa Kristof, October 5, 1966 - May 6, 2008

June 20, 2003

I first met Lisi online in 1998. Over the years I've come to respect her and love her. She is now fighting the biggest battle of her life, against cancer. During this fight, she's shown amazing strength and courage

I want to dedicate this section of, Can We Help You Keep Your Pet,  to Lisi. This site hopefully helps with another of her battles: the battle for public education about our best friends, our wonderful dogs. In the years I've known her, she has worked  to promote responsiblity towards dogs, as well as trying to find and develop ways to deliver that message to the general public. 

Please send hope, good thoughts, and prayers for her and her family, that she can win both these battles.

Go Lisi!

-Leilah's Mom

Lisi and Leilah

Lisi and Leilah

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body – but rather a skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!' ~ Anonymous

On April 11, 2008, Lis' Kristof (aka “Lisicles” on the internet) sent out the following letter to many of her friends online. The next day, drawing on a well of strength she didn't realize she had, Lis' and her Chinese Crested, Diva, accomplished the final qualifying agility run they needed for the prestigious USDAA ADCH title. You can view this last agility run below, or on YouTube at:

On the evening of May 6, 2008, Lis' passed away quietly in her home in Dallas.


From: Lis' Kristof <>
To: L Kristof
Subject: [Texas Agility] The hardest email I have had to write
Date: April 11, 2008 5:25 PM

To all of my fellow agility competitors and friends,

Last Tuesday I was admitted to hospital, for eight years I have fought breast cancer.  I have been diagnosed now with AML Leukemia and have been given approximately three weeks to spend on this wonderful earth.  I have chosen not to do any more chemo as I believe I have received and given all this life has to give and take.

With the help of my dear friends in Dallas we were able to talk the Dr's into spring me out of hospital today.  Tomorrow at the Dallas Agility Working Group's trial I will run my darling Chinese Crested Diva for the last time - it wont be pretty, no one will be able to guess who's handling style I will use and I don't even know myself - just staying on my feet will be an achievement and to run with my very best friend and to be among friends will be enough to give me the energy I need to get through the day.

I am thrilled I will also get to watch the veterans parade and to pay tribute one last time to all the great dogs that have helped form this sport that I so love.

If you want to do anything for me pray that Diva and I can achieve a super Q, it is all we need to become ADCH together, but even if we don't get it - I know I am blessed to share what time I have with my dogs and my friends.

Please wish Angela Lancaster all the very best with my dogs in the future, she is going from the cheesiest Yorkies to a couple of naked Cresteds and I know my dogs will continue to be well loved and respected and they will be in the agility ring again at some time to play.

Many thanks for all your love and support over the years, I am indeed one of the lucky ones that get to say thanks in 'person' before my time.

Remember this weekend to enjoy your friends, dogs and should success come, enjoy and embrace it, if it doesn't never forgot the love of this game and the friendships we have forged.  Thanks to everyone who helped me with my journey I sure do appreciate you all.

Run Fast, Run Happy 

Lis Kristof
Dallas, TX

MACH Kia-Ora Whisper's Wicket  - Terry Dyck is now Wicket's Mommy and finished her ADCH for me.
Rasberi's Racin' Diva MAD, MG, MR, SAM, MJ, Bronze-Tournament, AX, AXJ, TDI, CGC and Certified Service dog
KiaOra Kissy Lips n'Vogue, CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-F, TDI, CGC Waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge:  Kumba, Stormy, Fury, Star, Onxy and many of my foster rotties.

Here's the run on April 12, 2008:  

Click on a photo to see a larger version

0305divaluggage.jpg 39.4 KB 0305divacomfy.jpg 39.6 KB LisDivaLeilah.jpg 39.9 KB
0305lisidiva.jpg 39.1 KB 0305lisidivatug.jpg 39.5 KB 032405LD49.jpg 29.4 KB

Back to CWH home page


The border graphic and background are from the painting "Copper", and is copyright©2005 by Joan Berry. Used with permission.

Individual submissions are the property of their respective authors.

Can We Help Main Page
Dog Behavior Problems
Cat Behavior Problems
Housetraining Dogs
Housetraining Cats
Crate Training
Moving and Travel
Noise and Barking
No Time
Getting Along with Other Animals
Kids and Other People
Shedding and Grooming
Allergies to the Pet
Puppy Stuff
Finding a New Home