those who knew
Long Hope Mickey of Farmcliff
Mickey left us last night and went
over the Rainbow Bridge. He would have been 10 next March. We have been
aware for 2 years now that Mickey had a heart murmur (extensive tests
had revealed three leaky valves). He had been given 1/2 of a baby asprin
daily ever since so he was able to continue doing what he loved and
did well and that was race. In the last month or so, Mickey developed
a dry cough and a recent trip to the vet revaled that he had all the
symptions of congestive heart failure.
Mickey and several other dogs in the JRT world against whom he raced
many times became legends to many of us. Duke, Thomba, Deegan, Bugsy
and Sez Who were his primary running competitors over the years. Mickey
got 2nd in both flat and hurdles for two consecutive years at JRTCA
Nationals and as such never was a National Champion racer. However,
Mickey did win the Over Stakes Race at JRTCA National for three consecutive
years. I have no idea how many racing championships awards Mickey won,
but it was many. Mickey even placed 2nd in the Veteran Dog Conformation
class twice at JRTCA Nationals. Mickey wasn't a terribly good GTG terrier,
but because of his performances in racing and conformation, he won numerous
high-point-terrier awards over the years.
Some of you will probably remember Mickey best for his "power pees".
He could stand there on three legs for several minutes peeing while
most who witnessed this act would eventually disolve in laughter. Then
there were the many times when I had Mickey on lead in a conformation
class, waiting to race or do GTG and suddenly my pant leg would feel
warm. Mickey would be quietly "marking" his master by peeing
on my leg. There are others of you who occasionally helped me race Mickey
who had similar "markings" when you weren't paying attention.
Although Mickey never received a natural hunting certificate, he did
plenty of hunting during his many walks with me in the woods. On his
chalkboard were a raccoon, an opossum and many squirrels.
We buried Mickey down by our race track where he can root for the future
generations of JRT racers who will learn to race and practice on his
and I shall miss Mickey terribly, but we have so many great memories
that we will always smile when we think about him.