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Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
The dog that comes to mind for me was Gr,Nt.Ch. Hooper Ridge Rocket's grandpa. His name was Tree Banging Buddy.
He was by far the VERY BEST coon catching dog I ever owned. He could tree coons most dogs had NO idea were in the woods. He could count coons and REMEMBER each coon sitting up that he had past up in pursuit of the coon he was chasing. I have seen him many times drive one to a hole and within 30-45 seconds fall treed maybe 50 to 100 yards in front of you.
I quit hunting him in the hunts when he was two years old, which was in 1981 because his QUIRK was that he simply would NOT stay treed with a strong treeing male dog and especially so in that dog was black and white. He hated walkers and I attributed that to a buddy of mine's walker dog that would grab him by the back legs and try to pull him off a tree.
The last hunt Buddy was in, he treed 3 of the 4 singles we treed in the cast and never got credit for any of them. He would be treed for 3-3 1/2 minutes before anything would cover and then simply leave when the calvary arrived for a piece of the action. I knew he had exceptional locating ability, and thought if he had the temperament for strange male dogs, he could have most certainly won a world hunt, but being as he was he wasn't worth a quarter for comp hunting.
Having said that, I took his Grandson on top and his great grandson on bottom, Mayles Hooper Ridge Rocket and won High scoring English Male at the 2002 and 2003 #KC world hunt,placing 11th and 7th in those consecutive years. Not because Rocket had more coon treeing ability than his grandpa (Tree Banging Buddy) but because Rocket had the temperament to deal with strong willed tree dogs, and Buddy did not. So that is the one dog that if he didn't have that quirk of leaving a tree with male dogs he would have been nationally known.
And what is even stranger is that Buddy only showed this quirk in a competition hunt. If You brought a male dog over and we went pleasure hunting, you would never see him leave his tree, but put him in a competition hunt, and he would leave within 10 seconds after being covered. Crazy but true!!
11210 Davis Road
Glouster, Ohio 45732
Gr.Nt.Ch. Hooper Ridge Hang'em High Holly
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HOOPER RIDGE ENGLISH-POUND FOR POUND THEY ARE ONE TOUGH HOUND!!!!
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