Shown here are all of our angels that have gone over that rainbow bridge.  We miss them all, and whether they were with us 2 months or 7 years, they were still dear to us, and it broke our hearts to tell them goodbye.

Tracy's Facebook post the the day that Cait died:
Today was a really tough day. Back in December I posted about us losing Toby. Today we lost Cait. Toby was one half of the reason Jimmy and I are together. Cait is the other half. Cait and Toby are what got Jimmy and I both involved in hunt tests, which is where we met. So, today before we buried our sweet girl, I thanked her for sharing her daddy with me. I promised her that I would love him, protect him and be as loyal as she was to him. From the back of a pickup truck in the Kroger parking lot, to hunt tests all over the US, to hunting trips and a life devoted to her daddy, Cait was a wonderful dog. She had one Master National pass, and we got her MH40 certificate a couple of weeks ago. She ran Master National in 2012 and was the oldest dog there. She would have been 14 next Saturday. One of the pictures below is Cait on her very last hunt in a rice field in Arkansas in 2012. Her very last retrieve was a bird that I shot. Against his better judgement, Jimmy let her chase that cripple about a hundred yards, into some tall rice. We couldn't see her for several seconds. When she came out with that bird, I started crying, and cried her whole way back to the pit. We knew it would probably be her last. She was a special dog and I owe a lot to her. Momma dog, I hope they are all flyers tonight. RIP sweet girl.

Pease's Hershey X Pease's Harley

April 12, 2000 - April 5, 2014



Hunter McCann X Trussell's Brown Sugar Baby

August 28, 1998 - December 14, 2013

Tracy's Facebook post the day that Toby died -
Today at approximately 4:00 I lost one of the best friends I've ever had. He's been with me through lots of ups and downs and several failed relationships. He's kissed away my tears and snuggled in bed with me on some long cold lonely nights. He's chased me in circles while I laughed like a crazy person and we've made so many memories together. I owe everything to him. He changed my life. Without him I wouldn't have met Jimmy, which means I wouldn't have my greatest joys, Nathan and Sidney or my beautiful stepdaughter Jessica. I wouldn't have friends all over the country or silver plates on my wall. He wasn't human, he was so much more. He was a dog. He was supposed to be Chad's dog and I really didn't want him. But I fell in love with him. And he was so great I wanted another, which led to another..... And that's how Crimson Kennels was born and I was introduced to a whole new world of Hunt Tests. So you see, he really did change everything for me. A piece of me died with him today. I buried a huge chunk of my heart beside him. I will be sleeping in this house tonight without him for the first time ever. He moved in the same day I did. Toby, I love you buddy. You were my heart dog. You will never be forgotten and you can never be replaced. Thank you for making my life what it is today. We had 15 years and 4 months of love and companionship. It was a hard decision to let you go, but it was the right thing to do for you. Thanks to Jimmy for being so wonderful and to doc for being so understanding

 Jake was our first Master National Hunter and was such a fun and quirky dog to be around.  As frustrating sometimes as he was lovable, there was never a dull moment with Jake.  He had a tongue that was a mile long, and he loved to use it at every opportunity!  His panting, creeping and happy feet were signs of his love of the birds.  For several years, Jake was the lead man hunting in Arkansas, and I can't tell you how many hundreds of birds he picked up.  But I can tell you he loved every minute of it.  Jake has his own special place in the story of mine and Jimmy's relationship and how it developed.  I'm glad he needed one more pass Michigan in late July to qualify for Master National.  Jake's health declined rather quickly, and it was his time to go almost before we even realized what was happening.  Fly high big guy, and you don't have to sit still anymore!

Rebels's Major Mosby, MH X Jessica's Chocolate Cait, MH

November 10, 2003 - June 12, 2015Jake2014

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Toby Boy Bryant X Precious Penny Bryant

August 17, 2000 - March 20, 2015


Jessy, Jessy.  Oh my sweet Jessy Bug.  I could just go on and on about my Bug.  Jessy was one of the pupppies in the very first litter ever born here.  The litter that was born by accident becuase I had no clue what was going on.  Since it was the first puppies I had ever had, I obviously had to keep one, right?  When Jessy was a year old, she got hit by a car in our driveway, and after 4 surgeries in 3 months she ended up losing her back left leg.  I cried more than she appeared to be bothered by it, and she never missed a beat when she came home.  Jessy was the dog that leaned against you when you sat on couch watching TV, and nosed your hand until you would pet her.  She was also the most mischevious of the dogs we've ever had.  From chewing up the 4 wheeler seat, to eating a box of fireworks, there was never a dull moment with Jessy. 
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Talley's Big Brown Buck X Miss Maddie Marmalade

November 16, 2001 - January 24, 2016


Brandy came to us when she was a year old.  Her family was having some struggles and had to move into an apartment that would not allow dogs.  Brandy was a Toby granddaugher, so it was an easy decision for us to take her.  Brandy was a great mom, and had several very large litters.  She was our first real attempt at breeding, and  she made it very easy for us to fall in love with breeding labs.  Brandy was always very low maintenance and laid around pretty quietly.  She lived a very long life and gave us lots of love and laughter.
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NAFC FC AFC Candlewoods Ramblin Man X Brooks Molly II

October 20, 2002 - February 23, 2015Maggypointing

Maggy was a sweet puppy that was our first "real quality pedigree" purchase.  Just like some of other dogs, Maggy also played a special part in mine and Jimmy's story.  I had taken her to someone I had been referred to that had a nice dog to have her bred.  At the time I knew nothing about Hunt Tests or dog training, and meeting Don introduced me to that world.  Jimmy was his best friend, and when I started going on the weekends to watch, that was the beginning of mine and Jimmy's friendship that we had for many years.  Maggy was an excellent mother, not only to her puppies, but to any puppy that was around.  She was a life saver one year when we had to bottle feed a litter of 12 starting at 24 hours old.  Even though she had a litter of 8 of her own at the time, she took 4 of those puppies and raised them as her own.  We lost Maggy very suddenly on a cold winter night.  While I do appreciate that she never suffered, I do wish I had been able to tell her goodbye and that I loved her.  She was my pretty girl and I miss her very much!
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Lori's King Cody X Lori's Little Maggie Girl

April 21, 2002 - May 20, 2014lucysleep


Lucy came to us at 6 months old.  A friend contacted us and said she knew of someone looking to rehome their puppy because they had small children and the puppy was jumping all over them and playing way too rough.  We went and picked her up, expecting a wild and crazy dog.  Well, we got a big surprise, and hit the jackpot with our sweet Lucy.  She was a sweet and laid back girl, and jumping was never an issue.   With lots of love and attention, she settled right in, and was one of the best mothers we ever had.  In her later years, she went to live with our daughter and son-in-law.  She was our grandson's bed partner and lived out the rest of her life knowing love and being spoiled like crazy.  The day we lost her was tough for all of us, but especially an 8 year old boy.  We will always be thankful for the folks that thought she was "too rough".  The only thing that was ever too rough about her was losing her!
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Rebel's Major Mosby, MH X Brandy Bell Bryant

September 22, 2003 - August 14, 2010



Quick Wheels Herbie, MNH X Crimson's Scrapping Alley Cat, JH

October 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007


Nikki's Spice X Kyle's Cocoa

April 7, 1999 - December 15, 2006



Talley's Big Brown Buck X Miss Maddie Marmalade

May 17, 2002 - July 24, 2002



Holloway's Maxwell Seargent X Sister Margaret

October 1, 1999 - January 14, 2002