So sorry to read about Gavel, I remember him well.
What a beautiful tribute to Gavel. I'm sorry for your loss...but what wonderful memories you will always have.
Great Tribute. Please accept my condolensces. Harry
Very nice tribute.. Sorry for your loss...
What a wonderful gift, a great dog, who had a terrific life.
How lucky are we, us mere humans.
I am very sorry Susan... My heart goes out to you.
I feel fortunate to have met all your dogs.
That is the best about this sport....
A very touching tribute... You were blessed
So sorry for your loss, Susan. What a loving tribute to Gavel. R.I.P. Gavel- may all your birds be flyers.
I have struggled mightily to come up with my paean to Gavel. Where to start? He was such a wonderful animal in so many ways. But if ever a dog truly had a sense of humor, it was Gavel. I was brand new to the game when I met him: he was all shiny black coated, big and muscled up, in his prime - and one silly guy, said in the most affectionate way. He had a joy about him that was infectious, no matter what the training or test... or even a set up that required correction.... He would go through the exercise, accept the correction, redouble his effort to achieve what was needed....and then gallop back to the line and onward to Susan's truck as if he was saying "well, that's done and over, and I'm good with that..... but now where's lunch?"
I always thought he would be the perfect poster child for the company that makes all the "Life is Good" clothing and gear.
That was Gav's motto and should be his epitaph: "Life is Good".
And he made "Life is Good" for me, just to know him. My heart truly aches that he's gone. It was an honor to feed him a home-made "sammich" a few weeks ago when we took him on a little pheasant hunt in Wisconsin and give him that thrill (of the bird hunt, not the baked ham & cheese on multigrain) while he could still enjoy it.
I just wish he was around so I could make him one more "sammich"......
God speed Gav, God speed. When it's my time to break free of these earthly tethers, the only place I want to go to is one where you, Chance, Nate, Aggie and all the rest are there to greet me. If that doesn't happen, there is no Heaven. Of that I am sure.
Very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful dog and a wonderful journey the two of you shared. RIP Gavel.