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Story ID:10194
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Gilboa New York USA
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By Fred Wickert

My wife and I used to have a show dog kennel. We raised and showed American Cocker Spaniels and we had a reputation for good dogs. My wife Tae also had a reputation for her expertise with grooming a dog to perfection and for being an outstanding handler in the ring.

American Cocker Spaniels are shown in three separate varieties. It is as if they were three separate breeds even though they are all one breed. The three varieties are Black, which means all black in color. There is ASCOB which means any solid color other than black. These can be chocolate, buff, blonde, red, chestnut and so on. Then there are the parti color which means they are red and white or black and white. The second color must be no less than ten percent of the total. Included in parti colors are Tri Colors which are actually three colors. Those are usually black and white for the most part with some tan as well. The tan is usually around the muzzle, eye brows, toes and under the tail but not always.

One of our dogs was a black and white parti color He was a Champion. Our kennel name was Mountain Stream Cockers and this particular dogí
registered name was Champion Mountain Stream Lucky. The Champion part was added by the AKC only after he had won his Championship title by competing and defeating large numbers of competitors in dog shows. We just called him Lucky. He was the father of other champions.

The time came when Lucky was getting old. At first glance it seemed like he was getting more white in his coat, but it was not white. It was that he was getting gray haired like elderly humans do. Lucky was becoming more and more inactive when outside in the dog runs. Finally he lost his appetite. He just wasnít interested in eating any more. Gradually he lost weight and he became more and more lethargic. I took him to the vet. The vet told me that he was just old and they didnít have a cure for that.

A few weeks went by and I was becoming afraid Lucky was not going to be with us much longer. I felt so sad. Then one day one of our young bitches came in heat. An unbelievable transformation had come over Lucky. He was hopping around full of energy and he was doing all he could to get to that bitch. He wanted her bad. It was not going to happen but it didnít keep him from trying.

The bitch, (For those who donít know, bitch is the correct term for a female dog.) in question was an ASCOB and not a parti color. She was also being shown regularly and was not ready for breeding yet. She had some show career to finish first. Lucky was disappointed. One assumes the bitch was too.

I was concerned that as soon as the bitch was no longer in heat that Lucky was going to die. He had seemed near death until the bitch came in to heat. I feared all the extra energy he burned off because of her being in heat was going to be the end of him. It was not to be.

The next time I visited the vet, he asked me about Lucky. I told him what happened and he laughed heartedly about that. He made a comment about Mother Natureís best medicine.

Much to my surprise, Lucky was his old self again in every way. His lethargy was completely healed and Lucky was with us for another three years before he finally did die from old age.

I was remembering that for the last couple of days. Tae has passed away and I have been alone for some time now. Life can be pretty dull and lonely. Some days I get to wondering why I am still alive. I am 81 years old and suffer from arthritis and in recent years I have had a quadruple bypass, carotid artery surgery and prostate surgery and I have also had skin cancer removed from my nose. I am also crippled somewhat from peripheral neuropathy with complications from the polio I had as a boy.

For the last couple of days I have been remembering Lucky and how that bitch coming in heat had revived him. Now I wonder if a young woman happened to come around for some reason, and if she was to get feeling real amorous, if that could have a similar effect on me? First I need to find such a woman and I have no idea where to look. Iíve been out of practice for a very long time.

First photo of Lucky winning at Carrol Kennel Club handled by professional handler Art Benhoff.

Second photo of Lucky winning at Maryland Kennel Club, handled by professional handler Art Benhoff.

Mandy being handled by my wife Tae, winning at a Cocker Spaniel Specialty show, Conneticut-Westchester. Mandy was the bitch that came in heat and got Lucky back to life.

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