I saw Ray's Rascal on more than one occasion, even watched him win the National Am in '74, he WAS the finest marking dog I have ever seen...threw great marking dogs too..we had one in a dog named Rex (John Rex Rascal) who was named for John Luther my brother's first teacher/mentor of dog training and as a tribute to Rex Carr..Rex could mark with radar like precision, he would appear to run straight at the guns and then peel off and pin the birds...
another great marking dog was one owned by a then young man from Oregon named TJ Lindbloom, and that dog was named McGuffy...he won the National in 79..his sire was also Ray's Rascal
As far as dogs from the past, if Sweet Pea by some sort of magic had any Charlemagne juice in storage I would buy every bit of it. Same for Itch.
Did Sweet Pea own Itchin' to Go???? (I'm guessing that is the dog you refer to?)
No, it was someone else. Probably as hot as sp in her day.
Roy came down to Texas to train with Clint and John Luther in the fall of '76 and spent a considerable amount of time until Nov then went to Phoenix and finished 4th in the Open and won the Amateur..Roy knew Piper was hot and ready to go on a roll, and he was determined to proved to the skeptics that he could win outside of the state of Alaska..I went to a few of the trials in the SoCal area the spring of '77 and Piper was just racking up blue ribbons.(will post up the results later)...the guy that just hated seeing Roy the most was Peter Lane w/Kate...Kate set a record for the most second places that year in the Amateur with an astounding 17 second place finishes almost half were to Piper
Peter Lane /Kate came back and won the National Amateur in '78 ,beating Roy/Kelly, Judy/Honcho and a dog that would win the National that fall in Shadow of Otter Creek with Robert Kennon Jr