I've got to add a few other small details to Lonnie's story:
I'm stressing later Saturday night while talking in the hotel parking lot. My seasoned marshal has a true family emergency and will be there for set up but has to leave early. 1st person to step up and volunteer to stay and help, mind you he has a 5 hour drive home and his whole family with him, is none other than the infamous Lonnie.
I figured with 3 dogs reaching 500 points and 1 hitting 1, 000 that I better have some nice ribbons or I would be tarred and feathered à
I'm glad everyone, including Bill and the family, had a good time. I was extremely happy that they were there and could share memories about a woman we all greatly cared for.
PS - How's the new collar working?
Congratulations!!!!! The esteemed Lonnie Spann has bailed me out more times than I can count. Jack is a very nice dog! Good to see both get the recognition they deserve.
Lonnie got the best camo award, too! :D
Good for you Lonnie. You and your family made a very favorable impression on me when I met you all at the Cattle Ranch. Having the hunt as a memorial to Miss Cleo really made me sorry I did not make the 12 hour drive to attend... A bunch of good people.:)
Thanks for the kind words everyone. The story wasn't intended to be focused on me as much as it was supposed to be about the entire experience. I was glad to finally get 500 points on my dog actually it was bittersweet. I looked at it like I was finally reaching the finish line in a marathon but as soon as we left the line Jack looked up at me like "I'm ready to go again boss". So who knows, I might just have to add a 1,000 point jacket to my collection? This particular weekend was really not unlike many other weekends I have spent at HRC hunt tests, fellowship, camaraderie, watching good dogs work, good food, and seeing the next generation participating and having fun. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a weekend.
I had to edit the original post...see the bold print at the bottom.
And yes, I was the one wearing the camobooty camo.