At 10yrs 8 months of age Snap finished her MH title this weekend at the Bryan-College Station hunt tests. Snap
earned 5 MH passes this spring but since she did not have her SH title
she needed one more master pass or 2 senior passes which would finish
her SH title and then that would automatically finish her MH title. We passed the
back-to-back Senior tests to double title after earning her first 2 SH legs at 17 month.
She is officially OTCH Tanbark's Sneak Attack UDX RA MH WCX *** OBHF OD.
The bittersweet part is that 5 weeks ago Snap had her spleen removed
and was diagnosed with metastatic hemangiosarcoma of the spleen and
liver. I expect she has days to a couple of weeks left. Fortunately she
doesnt know that and continues to live life full throttle--all out and
always ready. I take comfort in knowing that hemangiosarcoma is not a painful cancer but one where the vascular tumors rupture and the dog bleeds out.
Snap felt great and there is no place she would rather be than
retrieving birds. She was delighted to have 2 flyers who were very alive and
flopping; she came close to breaking on the honor; forged and crept on the walk-up and stepped on all the marks. She
had a big grin and smile on her face....while still trying to convince
me that field work is NOT a team sport, that she can do it all on her
own! It was a great last hoorah together.
A special thanks to the Judges, Vicki Christianson and Jeff Brown for their support, hugs and kind words. It was a very special weekend.
Snap continued to display
desire, heart and courage of which she has such an abundance.
I have no words to adequately express how much she means to me...nor
to convey how devastated I am. All of our dogs have part of our hearts, but she reached in and grabbed my soul and said "your mine".Right now I will continue to enjoy
our remaining time together while she brings smiles to my face amidst
To make it an extra special day several of her kids sired by FC-AFC Glenhaven Htrs Mn Baronet also had a successful weekend:
her Daughter, TealOak's Pedal To The Medal MH TD NA NAJ WCX ** owned by Roger & Sue Armstrong finished her MH title.
Her Son, TealOak's Weebe a Pistol SH WCX owned by Tom Lehr & Megan Baker earned his 3rd MH leg.
Her Daughter, Half Moon TealOak's Hot Tomato UD owned by Kathrn Willis on their 3rd show after earning their UD is up to 51 OTCH points.
Snap's Littermate, OTCH Tanbark's Something's Burnin UDX OBHF continues to hold on to the position of being #1 Obedience dog in the country All-Breeds. Not bad for an almost 11 yr old--Snap is pulling for you sis.
Photos from the hunt test of her final retrieves
Please keep my little red smiling wild child in your thoughts