Blaze 1985 - 2001
was in the very first litter whelped by Farmcliff and as such
held a very special place in our Kennel for over 15 years. She
wasn't much to look at, but had the flexible kind of terrier body
that could "weazle" her way into any hole and as such
she was probably the finest hunter we ever bred. Blaze earned
a JRTCA Bronze Medallion with woodchuck, opossum and raccoon quarries.
She got the woodchuck at 2 years of age, but then she became Genie's
first agility competitor and Therapy Dog so she was subsequently
kept busy competing in agility and visiting hospitals. Blaze was
so calm and loving that the hospitals always had her visit with
their senior citizens.
Along the way, on her own during walks in the woods, Blaze found
several woodchucks and opossums, but it wasn't until she was 10
years old that Bob took her out again with a JRTCA judge. Blaze
found and entered a small hole and Bob and the judge sat there
for 1/2 hour hearing nothing. Finally, Bob started working with
his locator and couldn't find her at first, but by making ever
bigger concentric circles, he finally located her 30 feet away
and down 6 feet. The subsequent dig found her with an opossum.
The opossum was carefully placed back in its den after a photo
was taken. See Hunting Photos
page for a picture of Blaze with her opossum. Blaze got her
third quarry, raccoon, the next year at 11 years of age.
Since Blaze was our first Farmcliff puppy, she occupies a very
special place in our memories. In another sense, Blaze was a true
"working dog" in that for 10 years she went every day
with Genie to Genie's Glastonbury Tack Shop where she was a customer
favorite greeting everyone who came in the shop. But, when Blaze
was at home, she loved lying in front of the stove in the winter
and was always a willing companion in whatever endeavor Genie
or Bob wanted to do whether it was a trip to the grocery store,
a hike in the woods of just quitely sleeping on the couch beside
one of us in the evening.