HIGH LIFES JUBILEE
We lost our dearest Callie on November 19, 2016 at the age of 6. She was both a phenomenal hunting dog and loving member of our family. She was the wonder dog, the unicorn, the hair missile, and the house is unbelievably quiet without her ever present woo-woos. We realize now just how big that little dog’s personality was.
Otherwise in good shape and healthy, she had a congenital heart defect which enlarged the left side of her heart and caused the right side to give out eventually; she essentially died of a heart attack. We have been in contact with the breeders from both sides of her parentage and several other breeders and this has not been seen in the breed before.
While not preventable once the symptoms began the morning we lost her, we learned that there is an x-ray or ekg test which can be performed on dogs at 4-6 years of age to check for heart defects. If the tests show this specific defect there is medication available that can help maintain the dog’s health. This was a congenital defect (she was born with it) and as of now we do not suspect that there is any hereditary quality to it. At this point, based on conversations with several other breeders there is no indication of a genetic association. However, we will be having her daughter, Ava, tested in a couple of years just to be sure.
We want others to be aware of the situation so that they can decide whether or not to do the same. To know that it was something that could have been prevented if detected early, but that otherwise shows no outward symptoms until it is too late is heartbreaking. Hug your dogs a little tighter tonight. You never know how long they will be with you.
The song in the video below is called "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers. It's from the Pete's Dragon Soundtrack.
Callie has incredible drive in the field and is a lovable and silly dog in the home. She is intelligent and extremely trainable with a forgiving nature and incredible drive. She has a very expressive face and loves to “talk” at you, especially in the mornings and when you come home after work. We look forward to seeing her pass on these excellent traits to her pups.
She has a medium dense, medium harsh coat, weighs about 50 pounds and stands 23 inches at the shoulder.
"Ben, Brady and I had a great time Monday on our hunt. Callie did a tremendous job! She is by far the best dog I have ever hunted with. I do not believe that she missed a command or bird. She is a very hard worker and obedient to a tee. The pups she is carrying are from great genes! Thanks Mike for the good time."
~ Joey Woolley 12/16/2013