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Thread: Calypso Blue Mountain Trekker 3/3/99 -- 11/17/2012

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    Default Calypso Blue Mountain Trekker 3/3/99 -- 11/17/2012

    Today is a sad day for my wife and I as we've had to say goodbye to my good boy Trek

    Trek was my first competitive dog and I had my eyes opened on how well trained dogs could do the most amazing things. Early in 1999 I was in the market for a puppy and met Kate Linehan at a hunt test in Northern Colorado. She had one male puppy left from a breeding from her FT stud, Calypso Kazoom Kazaam, that she wanted to go to a local. She saw something in him and knew he had potential. I interviewed with her and I was happy to be matched with him at that point. He was a good dog right from the start. No whining, no chewing and always a happy boy. Once we got into serious training, I took lessons with Cherylon Loveland, who expects very high standards to which we attempted to achieve. We worked very hard through the basics and transition, then beyond. I was a very inexperienced handler and was advised to rise through the hunt test circuit, JH-SH-MH, to gain experience and also have some success. I needed one leg for a JH title and entered a double JH stake in KS and Kate mentioned to me you might as well enter the SH because if you pass the first JH, you can run the SH. Why not especially after a 9 hr drive. Well we passed both JH's and the SH stake that weekend and received a title ribbon as well. That just made the drive home fantastic We then achieved a Master Hunter title. We qualified for the 2003 MN and I put Trek with Cherylon the month before I left. She always brought out the best in him and he looked spectacular. We passed the 2003 Master National and I was quite excited to do so. After that we started running Field trials and we were able to get a second in the FCRC qualifying to become QAA. We did run major stakes but due to my inexperience we got close sometimes but never finished. I couldn't have asked for a better dog to start with. He was tough, focused and very forgiving. Not bad for my first dog, MH, Master National Pass, QAA. I'm going to miss my boy, his precocious attitude and a nose always poking in the wrong places. Every flyer is yours Trek and you don't have to give any back. Wait for me on the other side, I miss you already.

    Trek in action



    2nd place finish, Q at the Fort Collins ret. club. (We are second from left)

    Hunting in Nebraska (He is on the far right)

    Hunting in SD, again on the right
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    John, my condolences to you and your wife, I know how much he meant to you. I'm glad he found you and brought you into these games. Godspeed, Trek.
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    Rest in peace, Trek. You did good, all your life.. You were loved.
    Charlotte Kaiser: " The Problem Lies In The Talent."

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    I'm so sorry
    RIP Trek
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    John

    I remember Trek from the beginning. That was a fun Q at Fort Collins, wasn't it?

    He will be missed

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    Sorry John. I know he meant a lot to you
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    I'm sorry for your loss, they don't live near long enough.

    Rest in peace Trek.
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    You made me cry today!!

    Gooser has a dog who is closely related to Trek. We attended hunt tests and watched Trek during his successful HT days. We were always amazed at his talent..
    It was because of Trek that the Baker household met that John M guy..

    God speed Trek... no longer any No Birds..

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    Sorry for your loss. There time with us is too short.
    Remember him often.
    <--- Dooey, MH
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    I am sorry for your loss. Trek sounded like a wonderful boy who was very loved and will be missed. I am sure he has left many treasured memories behind - I hope these can bring you comfort until you are together again.
    Andy

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