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Wymdham's Eagle

Ch. Wyndham's Arbalest  x Ch. Claverdon Gossamer

1972 - 1980

By Roger Orton and Jo Tunnell

Lefty joined us as a 4-month-old puppy. She was a heavy coated, stocky bitch with great personality. Unfortunately she was also undershot so she was placed with Mrs. Jo Tunnell of Big Bear Lake, California. The following is what Jo wrote about Lefty in a picture album presented to us at Christmas 1985.

Lefty was the original of our Flat-Coats. She was the all-around dog. She was companion, waterdog, hunting partner, and clown. She was independent but always let you think that she needed you. She had the patience of a saint with children; an unmatched dedication to retrieving.

When my Dad lost his voice box to cancer we didn't know how he would command Lefty, since she spent her days with him. Yet she instinctively understood and responded to him by a clap of the hands or a snap of the fingers. None of the rest of us could command her this way. They became constant companions.

She was always there, a devoted friend. She loved water, loved to swim in the lake. She loved to play with the bumper & went nuts if you whispered "Mousers" in her ear.

For seven months, Lefty fought cancer and even at the end, never gave up or lost what we now know is "Flat-Coat spirit" . My Dad died one week after Lefty. We like to believe the two of them are together. We are sure that all along she knew something we did not.

Lefty will always be special, always be missed.

Updated 09/27/98