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1-8-1999 / 4-2-2012

Cappy crossed the bridge today at 13 years, 2 months and 3 weeks of age. He spent all but the first 7 weeks of that time as my constant companion, best bud, and hunting partner. Carol called him my "yellow shadow" and he was the very personification of what a "Yellar Dawg" is supposed to be; loyal, loving, devoted and always anxious to please. He never seemed content unless or until he was at my side.



Cappy didn't have a mean bone in his body. In fact he actually seemed to have a sense of humor and loved to play with children, other dawgs and he even welcomed cats into our home. He generously shared his food, treats and toys with them without a complaint or growl. He has been a wonderful mentor to 7 year old Remi and 2 year old Rusty as they joined our family. As an example, Cappy was patient and affectionate with his new little bro, Rusty ...even following an obviously painful surgical ordeal.

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For eleven of his years Cappy was an outstanding waterfowl retriever as everyone who ever hunted with him would tell you. Sadly, he was stricken with both mast cell cancer and laryngeal paralysis in February of 2010, at age 11. The surgeries ended his hunting career. However, he still went out with me virtually every morning for the next two years and watched Remi and Rusty go through their morning training drills.

Following his last surgery, I promised Cappy that he would not have to endure any more, and that he could fully retire and stay with us as long as he was physically able, as long as he wasn't in unreasonable pain. He put up a valiant battle over these last twenty six months but his health steadily declined. Finally, with muscles weakened by atrophy, growing difficulty breathing and with failing bodily functions, he told me several times ... "It's ok Dad ... I'm ready now." It was me who wasn't ready.

Grammy gave him breakfast and their usual ration of bananas before we left the house today.



Carol and I stroked his head and massaged his eyes and ears (he always loved that) as he took his final breath at the Vet's office. I told him that we loved him very much ... but he already knew that. I'll always be grateful for his devotion, the many great experiences we shared and a wonderful life together. Remi, Rusty, Grammy, Mommy and I will miss you more than words alone can express. Be patient "son", Daddy will join you one day and we'll be together once again in a place where there will be unlimited numbers of ducks to hunt and it's open season there all of the time.



A few links below ... this one is from his very first live bird training exposure as a 4 month old pup. Look at that prey drive and hard charge ... a trademark of Cappy's for years to follow:



Next one is of him at age 6 and in his prime, enjoying a short training break:



Early last January, Cappy and his favorite pals on his 13th birthday:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/NevadaJim/Cappys 13th Birthday/100_7716-8.jpg

Finally, we took Cappy to our wetlands after our morning hunt on the last day of season, January 29, 2012. It was one of his favorite places. I planted a duck shot earlier in the morning and allowed him to make what we knew would be his final water retrieve. If you look closely ... you can almost see that he's smiling through the feathers. Yellow dawgs have a way of doing that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/NevadaJim/Cappys 13th Birthday/100_7689-8-1.jpg
 

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What a wonderful life you shared with Cappy. His personality shines out of each of the photos. I especially like your avatar, you are pointing something out to him, and his eyes are glued right on whatever it is! Wishing you wings over head, soft rolling meadows and sun kissed marshes forever Cappy.
 

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I am so sorry you had to say good bye to Cappy. He knew he was loved and that was enough to make him happy.

Rest in peace, Cappy.
 

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I've followed your stories about Cappy since before Remi and Rusty and could see how much you cherished him. I'm so sorry he had to leave you but I know he will always be close to you in your hearts. So sorry.
 

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Sounds like he had a wonderful life.

My condolences

Ted
 

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I am so sorry you had to say goodbye! What a great life he had and a wonderful tribute. RIP Cappy
 

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What a wonderful life and a wonderful family! RIP Cappy!
 

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I'm so sorry, I know how much Cappy meant to you. You gave each other the best. May the memories help ease the way.
 

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WOW I did not realize I have been following Cappy's GREAT life since the days before your move to Texas. Jim I am so sorry for Cappy's passing but from the years I have been following him and you I know he had a GREAT life and has given you a boatload of good memories.
 

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I'm sorry he's gone Jim. I'm glad you had him.
 

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Thanks for sharing Cappy. That's tough, real tough.

Your dog was just as lucky to have you & Carol as you were to have him. But in the end you showed him the ultimate in loyalty by making that gut-wrenching decision for him. For that I applaud you.

I just went through this last week so your post is very poignant.

With my sincere condolences.....
 

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Very sorry to hear about your loss. Great memory pics. Thanks for sharing! Take care b/c it's hard to loose them.
 

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I just buried my cat a few minutes ago that was my buddy, and my broken heart breaks for you too. May God save Cappy and Little Stinker in Heaven or on the new earth, and may He carry you all thru this.
 

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Sorry for your loss.
 

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Wow Jim. So sorry to hear about Cappy. I too have followed his journey with you for many years. You guys were lucky to have each other, and he had a great life.

He will always live on in our memories.

Praying for you.
 
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