Sunnyview's Captain Cork has been retired. Laryngeal Paralysis has ended Cappy's 11 season long hunting career. He'll be undergoing surgery within the next two weeks that should make breathing and eating much less of a challenge for him. Because the opening flaps to the larynx will be pinned back to assist his breathing, he'll no longer be able to instinctively close them to prevent water, seeds, etc from entering into his lungs when hunting or even running around outdoors here at home in other than the mowed lawn areas.
During Cappy's career he retrieved well over 1,500 ducks, geese and upland birds while hunting. In addition to those, he's retrieved countless others during training. Cappy has been that "one in a lifetime" dawg that everyone should experience. Of the nine that I've owned and trained, he has been the most special to me. The proverbial kindred spirit. In addition, he was best friend to Duke our Llewellin Setter, and with 6 year old Remi who learned everything she knows about hunting from Cappy. For the past six months he's been Rusty's mentor and big buddy.
Cappy's very first retrieves in March of 2000 at age 3 months.
An aging eleven year old Cappy last January, on the final day of season, looking wistfully skyward for more birds.
His final retrieve was on Saturday, September 11th, when he picked up a Teal here at home and struggled to make the 30 yard return back to me.
Thanks for the almost 12 years of friendship, devotion and 110% effort you gave at all times as a hunting companion. Daddy loves you son and wants you better very soon, we all still need you.
I'm in tears here, Jim. Cappy, may you enjoy a long, healthy, and happy retirement!
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Oh, man...(((HUGS))) to both of you. I hope Cappy's surgery goes well and that he enjoys retirement.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
(((((HUGS)))))) to both of you. It is so hard to see them age. Good thoughts for his surgery.
I'm a little teary too.... A lovely tribute to your boy, Jim. Prayers that his surgery is uneventful and that he is comfortable for many more years.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Well done, Cappy! Enjoy your retirement
May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am
Terri and Jazzy
That's a lovely post. I hope the surgery goes well!
I love your tribute to Cappy. Nicely done, Cappy. Enjoy your retirement. Your sage advice will be useful on the sidelines now. I hope the surgery goes well.
Oh, Jim, what a lovely tribute to a wonderful boy! Those last two pictures are priceless. I remember how emotional it was when we had to retire Mick because of the LP. Keeping my fingers crossed that the surgery is sucessful.