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Ch. Mandigo's Express of Wyndham CD

Ch. LaDeJa's Black Bart x Ch. Wynhamian Devil

1974 - 1984

By Roger Orton and Jo Tunnel

Expo came to us as a 6 weeks of age. He and his sister, Demon, came from the same litter, and were our third and fourth Flat Coats. He was a very slow maturing liver dog who didn't grow up until he was 5 years old. Unfortunately he was diagnosed at the age of 5 with an eye anomaly which could not be ruled out as a genetic problem. He had slightly restricted irricorneal drainage angles that made him predisposed to glaucoma or so the University of Colorado told us. He was neutered and placed with Mrs. Jo Tunnell of Big Bear Lake, California. The following is what Jo wrote about Expo in a picture album presented to us at Christmas 1985.

     Expo had more friends than we do, that we know for a fact. He was the official mascot,  greeter, and baby-sitter of the Photo Store. People came in just to see the big brown one. His greatest joy in life was retrieving. It didn't matter what or where a bumper in the back yard or a stick in some lake in the Sierra's. If there was water to be found, he found it, in a stream or in the lawn sprinklers."

     Expo was the goofy one. He earned the name "Seuss Goose" for the cartoon-like expression he had when he perked up sun-bleached ears and his jowls drooped. He was Ebby's buddy, superior, and partner in crime. He was Tim's hunting partner at dawn in the desert, my "lap-dog"in the evenings.

     In the fall of 1984 we learned that his occasional limp meant bone cancer. On Thanksgiving morning he considered giving in to it. But, seeing our concern, he picked himself up and went on as if everything was fine. We know he lived those last two weeks for us. We miss him, our customers miss him. We like to believe he haunts us, in his own goofy way.

This was in a bunch of old pictures.
This is Roger Orton with a head full of hair.... The one on top.

Updated 09/27/98