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Registered: Feb 2007
Location: Pomeroy, Ohio
Went hunting with Mike Elberfeld last night. Mike and his Dad bought their first Bluetick pup off my Dad over 40 years ago. Mike has carried the Ohio Valley Kennel name on his dogs ever since and has been a good friend and part of our kennel ever since buying that first Bluetick pup. Mike has had several good coon hounds over the years and although Mike is not a competition hunter, those dogs have put many a coon hide in the freezer over all these years. We hunted Ring last night and a female out of him. Ring is 13 years and 9 months old but he still got er done the right way treeing a 17 pound boar coon after a nice little race. Mike keeps records on his dogs and this was the 300th coon that Mike had shot out to Ring over his many years. This may not seem like a big number but Mike only hunts the winter months, usually hunts Ring alone, and always had several other dogs that he hunts, mainly alone also.
I was also along on a hunt with Mike in April 2011 on Ring and his brothers 12th birthday with those two old dogs split treeing about a 1/2 mile apart. Memories to remember for a long time. Old Ring is probably one of the oldest blooded Blueticks alive today with dogs like Ohio Valley Bluetick, Emmons Brush Creek Blue, Hammer VIII, Doc's Blue Hussler, Southern Blue Pride, Bean's Ranger, Smokey River Blue Rambler, and Sizemore's Scout showing in his 5th generation. Ring also traces back to Dad's first dog he bought in 1951, and a couple of Bill Hubbards dogs, Fever in the 4th generation, and CB in his 3rd generation. Also, a bunch of good old fashioned coon dogs, both male and female. Those "old" blooded dogs could get it done and Ring is proof that their offspring could to.
Ring won't be around much longer but he has left me, and more importantly Mike, with many good memories for years to come. Hopefully some of Ring's few son's or daughters will leave us with many more.
Here is a picture of Ring and Mike on Ring's 12th birthday.
Ring's brother, Clyde, on the 12th Birthday Hunt
Ohio Valley Bluetick Kennel
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