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Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Central Michigan
I have had 5 that I would take back at a heart beat. Dan was my first walker. He taught me what a coon hound could be. I had him in the 1980s. Next would be Dolly. She was Dan's granddaughter. I would have people tell me they had a coon that couldn't be treed. Dolly treed every one of those coons. Her track speed is what set her apart. I had her in the 1990s. The next 2 were actually litter mates out of Dolly. They were Driver and Threat. While I didn't own any part of her, I was also very fond of their sister Tess. Tess won 4 Nt.Ch. casts in a row. Then her owner quit campaigning her. Driver, I swear was hunted in some of the worst weather I ever hunted. My wife worked 3rd shift, and I could only hunt on her nights off. I truly do not recall a time he didn't show me coon. I co-owned Threat, and managed to finish her to Gr.Nt.Ch. She is the only dog that I attempted to finish to Grand. I seen Threat tree coon that the rest of the cast never knew were there. Mr. Frank Giddings was actually fond of Threat himself. The last dog is actually my middle son's dog. Her name is Rain. She was just plain fun to hunt. I often found myself making excuses to go hunting.
I had many other dogs that I enjoyed, but they weren't at the level of the 5 above. They included: Mac and Lady (Lady was my wife's only dog), Hope, Dandy,and Dee. There are at least another dozen who I can't recall right now. What I can say without a doubt is this family of dogs who all go back to Dan has been an important part of my family and my life from 1983 until today. I wouldn't change one of them.
Could any of them win a World Hunt? I don't know because that goal never interested me, and I never tried.
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