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Thought I'd start this thread in memory of our dogs that have passed. Please post a single best photo that you have with birthdate and date of death together with any words you might want to write in remembrance.



JAKE
07/2003 - 03/2014
A TRUE "MEAT DOG." LOYAL AND TOLERANT TO THE VERY END. RIP, BUDDY.
 

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Our last GSP "Eli" not sure on the DOB as he was a rescue dog. He came to us in December 2000 and we figured he was close to 18 months. He passed in May of 2013. He was really my wife's best companion and stuck to her like glue, He was creamated and is on the headboard of my wifes side of the bed. RIP Eli, you will never be forgotton.

 

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This is my first setter Orange Sam 2-2-94 to 12-12-08. I had a lot of dogs before him but he was my first real grouse dog. We hunted pheasant and quail in Ks. and pheasant and quail in Iowa. He changed me from a shoot them out the window meat hunter to a bird hunter.

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This was my second setter Black Berry Gypsy we called her Maggie 5-96 to 1-07. She died 10 days after this pictures was taken and both her and Sammy's ashes are buried under this tree in my best honny hole. She was a rescue dog. She had been changed to a dog house on a two foot chain as a pup. I got her at age two. She was my best setter ever so far. And the best woodcock dog I've hunted over. If there is a heaven and my best friend Harold made it I'll bet my setter are still out hunting his Elhew Pointers. Both these and all my setters go back to Ch. Stoakely's Jake

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Ruby Lou, 2005 - 2014

Left to Right Ruby Lou is the second dog. This photo was taken a few hours before she left us.

Ruby Lou, Cracklin Tail Speed X Pioneer Nina. When we got on the list for a puppy from this litter we were 5th. When the litter was born there were only 3 puppies. I really wanted a Speed dog. Scott Chaffee told me to be patient, he'll get back in a couple days. 2 days later we had dibs on the last pup left. We were happy, she cam home a few days later. Last week we loaded up the 4 setters and headed for Montana, a week on the Praries. We arrived Sunday morning, and by 3 we were on our first walk with Ruby and her get, Maddie Mae. 10 minutes later we walked into a stand in front of Ruby and 15 sharpies lifted. She didn't need to retrieve, all 10 shots passed by the birds and fell listlessly to the ground. She finished that walk with a stand on a brood of pheasant. No shots fired, the season is yet to open on these. She kept up the good bird work the rest of the week and our shooting improved. I didn't take many notes, I have no idea how many we dropped over her, but she had stands on every walk. Friday was our last day on the prairie and the same duo as our first walk took our last walk. Ruby started by pinning 3 sharpies on a ridge top. They lifted before I could get in range. She then pinned a single and my partner missed. That single flew to a shelter belt. We sent Ruby that way and the Garmin beeped at 250 yards. She was standing tall with Maddie backing when I arrived. It blew out the back of the tree line and lived another day. Her next stand was a large covey where we dropped 3. We walked to pick up the 2 closest, we turned to send her for a retrieve and she was standing again. This was a single that I missed. My shooting was very bad on this walk. We turned her around and sent her to retrieve the 3rd bird from the previouis stand. She ran down the winged sharpie and bought it alive, to hand. We took a break, watered both dogs and decided we were finished, heading back to the truck about a 1/4 mile distant. The dogs hunted their way back. Just before arriving the Garmin beeped, Ruby standing at 122 yards. I crested a small rise and couldn't see her. Confused I looked around, looked back at the Garmin, she's 80 yards I should see her. Maddie then came down, spun and stopped right where the Garmin indicated Ruby was standing. Something was wrong, I ran, she was flat on her side, she was gone. I tried CPR, I then ran her back to the truck to soak her with cool water, but in looking back, she was gone when I found her. It was a long ride home.
 

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Here's Maxwell, he was more human then some humans. He loved to swim and walk in the woods and was dedicated to the family.
We had to put him down two years a go this month, when I came home from work at 1am he was paralyzed. It still haunts me if I acted to quick and should of I tried to have tests done.
I carry one of his dog tags on my key chain.

 

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Koda was my beautiful llewellin setter, born 12/15/2010 died 12/30/2013. My 2 year old son called him "Boo". He was the first "kid" my wife and I had. Truly a gift from God that brought so much happiness to our family. He was a grouse hunting machine. Unfortunately he swallowed something he shouldn't have and passed away on the operating table trying to get it removed. We miss him dearly.
 

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Great pinned thread and certainly some great dogs we had in the past. As my hunting buddy / 1st cousin says, hope that our bird dogs meet us up above when our time is over! Here is a pic of my GSP Gunnar I lost to brain / throat cancer. Amazing thing is he showed no sign of the tumor during the hunting season and it hit him hard just after the season was over.
He certainly loved to hunt like a champ and was a great family dog when not in the field. Is now part of a slew in SD where we took a lot of roosters from (name the slew after him). Will always remember him getting out of the truck and holding his nose up high and took in all the smells of out west or up north. Certainly miss that ol bird dog!


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Gordie 1998 - 2014

Gordie, Gordo, The Gordster, Boots, Doodle, Gordon T Setter, The Shadow. Gordie started it all, started all this bird dog stuff. It all began in August 1998 when we pulled into a farm yard in Cass City Mi., opened a barn door and 6 puppies rolled into the yard, their mother trailing. She was a medium sized, field bred Gordon setter, Maggie. In a kennel next to the barn was the stud, a tall, broad shouldered, well-built black and white setter male.
An hour later we were on the road with a new companion. We stopped at a grocery in Caro, bought dog food, a bowl, a collar and a leash. When we arrived home we saw he was full of fleas. He spent the night in the back bathroom and howled till dawn.
Monday he was bathed, brushed, combed and picked thru until the last flea was gone. He then introduced himself to the neighborhood. We still hadn’t named him, kicking around any number of ideas. It wasn’t until Tuesday, the creative juices flowing; we called each other at work and settled on Gordie. It surely fit.
Thru Gordie we met a number of folks who remain friends to this day. First, the Craigs at the Huntsman, Craig Novotny and Craig Shaw. Craig Shaw spent the summer training Gordie and me. When we went for our final session we asked, “Is he any good?” “He’ll never embarrass you.” He never did.
The following summer a desire for more formal training led us to Justin McGrail. On our interview run with Gordie he took a 40-acre hay field in one long cast. As he passed the planted pigeon he skidded to a stop in a cloud of dust, switched ends and stuck that bird. “Oh my god!” were the exact words from Justin’s mouth. Gordie stood tall as we walked the 120 yards to his point.
Looking for a place to free run our dogs we discovered Highland, the Silo course. That first day another guy running dogs chased us thru the course wanting to talk. It was Ron Levitan. He convinced us to go to Gladwin and run in the Amateur hunting dog stake. We did and we took home 2 ribbons on that trip. Gordie ran that same stake a number of times, placing 1st at 12 years old, second 3 times and a number of 3rds and honorable mentions. That first trial was our introduction to Gladwin. I think we are sticking around for a while longer.
We’ve hunted nearly every county in Michigan’s lower peninsula that hold grouse. We have hunted the thumb and shot wild pheasant over his points. During a southern Michigan December hunt he stuck a covey of 8 wild quail. It might be his only find where he stood broke. He had some of his best bird dog days in the UP where we had a camp for 10 years. He hunted Montana at 15 years of age. He pointed his last wild birds the fall of his 15th year in Benzie County, 2 woodcock on a 10-minute run. His first and last grouse were no more that 100 yards apart in Kalkaska County.
This weekend on a trip north was the 1st trip north in 16 years without him in the back seat. Last Thursday he told us it was time. We took him, we unleashed him, we whistled him on and he took one last long smooth cast across the Rainbow Bridge to join with his kennel mates, Gwennie Mae and Ruby Lou.
 

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Today was end of era... Out of great sorrow, Isaac came into my life July 24th, 1999. He brought a lot of laughter into my family. He took me places I never dreamed, and it is amazing how a dog can change your life. Because of Isaac, I took shooting lessons, got a gun fitting, which lead to becoming a certified shoot coach. Began guiding pheasant hunts at Wycamp Lake Club. Got involved with the Ruffed Grouse Society, and help get our local chapter restarted along side Mike McDonald.

In 2001 I moved to Traverse City, to work at Fieldsport and apprentice to learn gun fittings. Meet a lot of neat people during my time in TC, people like Fritz Heller, Chris Batha, Michael McIntosh and many, many more...
In 2004, Isaac and I moved back up to Alanson. Started guiding full time at Wycamp in the fall. Which lead to waiting tables at Chandler's - A Restaurant in 2005, which lead to my current job at Great Lakes Wine and Spirits.


In 2006 I bought a new male pup, Abe, to help out Isaac. That was the beginning of Greenwing Kennel. I ran him in the first APLA test here in MI, and received his CPR title under Bruce Smiley with a near perfect score.
Which lead to getting Becca in January 2011, which took me down a whole another journey. From her spending time down at HuntersRose Labradors, getting involved with Northern Michigan Retriever Club and the great guys like Mike Sauer, Mike Garver (Zeke Garverman) Mike Hickey, and the rest of the NMRC crew!

A lot of my friendships with many of you and my career path came about because of one special dog... Isaac. It has been a great 16 years!!! He was one heck of dog! He still is the standard I measure all dogs... But today, with great sorrow, I took Isaac to Mac at Bay Pines Vet for one final time... I'm going to miss my hunting buddy.

 
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