It is with a very heavy heart that I post this.
Ozzie left us all in his prime, having just won an Amateur at LCRC 6 days ago. He lost his battle with a sudden illness 2 days ago. Blasto was the culprit. Ozzie was a home-bred yellow dog, out of Bill and Terri's own sire and dam. My deepest condolences to Bill and Terri Booker, Alan and Gwen Pleasant, and all of the other folks whose lives Ozzie enriched.
Ozzie took Bill and Terri on some wonderful rides to Nationals, many All Age successes and some wonderful consistency with Amateur wins in his final year.
Ozzie was a strong boy and departed us doing what he loved.
sincerest empathy to the Bookers, who are local personal friends of myself and my family. I hate that this has happened for them. (We actually first met at the closing on our home 11 years ago. Terri was the selling agent and we talked retrievers - Ozzie's sire specifically, while we did the deal!)