Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

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Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby Meridiandave » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:01 am

Lost my dog of a lifetime yesterday. Kola took a novice dog handler to a utility prize on her first try. She was known for her hunting drive. She got a 4 in duck search. She earned the respect of all the local breeders.

In January of 2014. My brother bought a farm in Eatern Oregon. We dubbed it the farm that time forgot. It hadn't been farmed in 12 years. It had all the classic cover. On that farm she became the best pheasant dog I had ever seen. Hundreds of wild pheasants had been shot over her.

She was never a slow plodding Griff like others. She adjusted her range on what species she was hunting. On chukars she made casts of 300 to 400 yards. Normally she was out a more comfortable 100 to 200 yards. Always checking back with a soft mouth whistle. On the farm she was usually at a comfortable less than 100 yard range. She knew what she was hunting and adjusted accordingly.

She was a really good tracker. After being force fetched she became an exceptional tracker.

Yes, she was my once in a lifetime dog.

She was only 5 when she passed. Way too young. I suspect what killed her was a cheat grass awn we were not able to fully remove two years ago. She had a a infection on her side and when we had it operated on they were not able to find it. The infectious bump showed up two months later and we treated it with antibiotics. Nothing a year until the 4th of July.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby mtbirder » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:05 am

As those of us know who have been there before, sometimes more than we care to have had to, no words can express...……
The lump in the throat and the welling in the eyes we feel can merely (and hardly) share in your personal ordeal.
Thoughts...…………………...
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:17 am

We all know the hurt too well. My sincerest sympathy for your untimely loss.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby Dmog » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:34 am

My sincere condolences...
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby orhunter » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:35 am

So sorry to hear Dave. Tough pill to force down. Wish you the best.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby ryanr » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:05 am

Very sorry to hear., my condolences Dave.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby crackerd » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:09 am

So sorry - thank you for your tribute to Kola that let the VDog forum know her better and offer condolences on your loss. Sad to hear indeed.

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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby flitecontrol » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:13 am

Sorry to hear this; seems she was an exceptional dog. Hoping you have more than one "once in a lifetime" dog.
I've had several really good dogs, but none were perfect. Neither am I, so keep that in mind!
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby JONOV » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:38 am

I'm so sorry Dave.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby Willie T » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:47 pm

I too have experienced that loss. It sucks. The best medicine I found to ease the pain was a puppy and the optimism that it gave me.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:51 pm

So sorry for your loss, like Willie t says get another pup soon it helps. Forrest
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby RowdyGSP » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:47 pm

Really sorry to hear this, Dave. 5 is way to young but it seems like she lived a full lifetime of bird hunting in those 5 years. Rest easy, hunt hard Kola.
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Postby jlw034 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:28 pm

That is really tough man. Sorry for your loss.
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Postby greg jacobs » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:22 am

Godspeed Kola.
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Re: Lost the once in a lifetime dog yesterday.

Postby Urban_Redneck » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:01 am

Very sorry to hear, you'll meet again.
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