Sandy retrieved some rabbits & was the best rabbit dog I've owned.
It is tough to write this but I feel it's necessary to pay tribute to my favorite hunting partner who I had to put down on 11/2/15 because she had kidney failure that was not reversable. Here's her story:
Sandy was born on 6/14/07. I bred Copper, a blue-tick, to Blue, another blue-tick. When Blue had her pups I didn't know what to think when I saw these mostly white with a little lemon color puppies. In a few weeks, the pups started ticking up. If I would have had any idea how good Sandy would turn out to be I would have kept the whole litter.
Sandy started real quick & was running in the wild at 4 months old. It was very apparant at an early age that she was destined to be a superstar. Sandy was one of those dogs that quickly became one of my favorites. The type of dog that you don't leave at home because you just can't wait to see her do her thing. She absolutely went nuts when it was time to load up & go hunting. It was obvious what she lived to do.
Sandy impressed everyone who saw her run & many is the time I was asked if I'd sell her. My response was always the same: She's not for sale & will die at my kennel.
I really can't say enough about Sandy. She was an awesome jump dog that could run a track with the best of them. She was really great on the real tough checks that other dogs had given up on. When the other dogs came back, many are the times that you'd hear Sandy fire up again & the race was on again. She would retrieve a rabbit if it was in a tough place to get to. If it was in a place you could easily walk to she would stand over it & guard it against any dog getting to it until you went & found her.
I used her to measure other dogs ability. Not one time did she embarrass me with her ability. I remember taking her out when I was showing her daughter, Mindy, to a guy from Arkansas. The dogs ran a rabbit real well. So well, in fact, that they caught it down in a deep ditch. Sandy brought the rabbit to my feet. Frank bought Mindy who has now turned out to be a great rabbit dog as well. Frank said " It's hard to want to watch any other dog but Sandy. It's like watching Michael Jordon play basketball. You don't even pay attention to the other players because he's so good."
Sandy will be deeply missed but I have more of her offspring in my kennel than any other dog I've owned. I was there when she breathed her first breath & I was right there with her when she took her last breath. It was a very peaceful end to a great dog's life.
R.I.P. girl! It was a privilege to hunt with you & you were the best I've seen.