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NGDC FC HK's Rockin Rocky
Well the Rock has crossed over to his Field of Dreams, I'll miss him
on every hunt I make. It was a Great ride!! He was so good on
chukars, his favorite, and mine too. He made me look good out there,
and sometimes foolish too!
They say you only get one great dog in your lifetime, but I beg to
differ, I was lucky to have 3 (Ginger, Zuni, and the Rock) and
hopefully many more. They all have a place in your heart like family
and they make their mark. Luckily there are a lot of his gets out
there and I still have one of them.
I thank the Deiterings for giving me the chance to own such fine
dogs, and to Eldon and Carl for their relentless training. I hope
that I can do justice in carrying on that fine line of dogs.
He loved the Field Trialing, but I think he just loved hunting and
being out in the fields, cuz that's where I think he shined.
It's always hard when you lose one like him, but I think I'll miss
him more when the season starts and he's not on my chain gang.
See you Rockster,,,, Roy Yamamoto
Roy Yamamoto's NGDC/FC
HK'S Rockin Rocky was a direct son of NFC/FC Slick Willy and a
grandson of FC Rockin Rollin Billy. He possessed some of the most
athletic qualities of any Shooting dog in America even now. He had
a natural flair for hunting the high rocky chukar hills and a great
nose for all breeds of quail. He had been hunted all his life by Roy
as well as field trialed by Eldon Hongo until he won the NGDC in
Marsing ID in 2005. This dog was as tough as they come, as good a
nose for wild birds as it gets and the desire that was unparalleled.
His style was incredible, and his drive and stamina unmatched.
Rocky from the very
beginning was a dog that always wanted to reach out to the far
ridges. On a hunt when he was just a pup, Roy and I had taken a
break from hunting our older dogs Roy decides to let his new pup
Rocky go for a walk. Hah, About an hour and a half later and two
ridges over Roy comes back with his pup. So started the saga of Rocky's hunting (And Roy's new athletic program). No matter where
you took him he always seemed to know they were "Up There", and he
rarely let you down. Even in the bad years for Chukar that dog could
find birds. During his Field Trial career I scouted him for Eldon
dozens of times. Rocky was either on Fire or gone looking for Chukar
at some distant hill. He was always exciting and a pleasure to find
on point. Once in Marsing ID at Mile Post 9 Region 9 Shooting Dog
Championship, Eldon and I were at the line ready to cast him off and
I told Eldon, I am going up there (pointing to the hog back ridge)
cause I know that's were he wants to go. Sure enough, found him
standing on a covey of Chukar so high that the judge and handler
took fifteen minutes to get to us and both of their horses were so
tired they were almost done for the day and this was the Rock's
first find. In his later years Roy would come up near my summer
camps and go fishing and leave his dogs for the weekend. Rocky and I
would go for walks in the evening (with the e-collar on) and he was
always as obedient as the gentleman he was, go and pick over all the
left over's and to see if there were any left over birds in the
training area. On his last trip up to my summer camp I told him good
bye in our own special way because I knew it
the last time I would see him alive. He was getting old and having said
good bye to many of my own dogs I could tell his time was short.
Turns out he passed away about a week later. To me Rocky wasn't just a
National Gun Dog Champion he was one of my best friends hunting
dog. One that we spent many hours hunting, talking and laughing
about and saw many a bird go down behind his points. Enjoying him
running so far out you would only see a speck. Then, "Point"! I'd
yell, glad he's your dog Roy and not mine..... lol. He will always
be in our hearts and in our stories and will be dearly missed on the
chain gang. Good luck to you old man, I am sure the Lord will be
very pleased with his new hunting dog....
Rest in Peace my Friend
Rocky, The Mean Lean
National Field Trial Machine in his prime.
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