8 Months!
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8 Months!!

Do you all remember I got a pup awhile back? Yeah, I'm a total fail at pupdating. Jett turned 8 months old a couple of days ago and has been here 6 months now. Holy cow! How did that fly by?

My biggest regret with Wicket was not taking more pictures of him as he grew. And the few I had of him got lost when our computer caught a virus (as well as most of Kellen's infant pics). I was determined I'd be better with Jett, but then...not. I blame my iPhone since it has no storage left and I can't even take ONE freaking picture with it. And don't even THINK of trying a video.

BUT, thanks to Kat P., who owns Jett's sister, Pepper, I have some pictures to share. There are two of Jett's siblings (sisters) who live nearby and we got the Red Girls together with daddy Beamer at the ASCA trial this weekend. It was super HOT so there are lots of long tongues! It is so cool that we can get these girls together and I like to see the similarities and differences in them. I'll share the photos at the end.

Jett and I are taking a Focused and Engaged class from Rosie right now then will start a Foundations class with Naomi at the end of June. Gah! I am SO excited to be starting classes with her!! Jett is so much fun to work with. She is scary-smart and ridiculously fast and agile! I'm also more than slightly frightened that she may kick my a$$ on the agility course! Hahaha, this girl has moves!

Wicket is doing well. I dropped my week night classes at the beginning of the year so I could afford to go up to Tacoma area once a month for a lesson. I was getting in a couple practices a week at the barn, but then...I took a job! More about that later. The consequence of that is I'm not getting to the barn EVER and find that I show up to a trial realizing I haven't practiced since my last lesson! Doh!! So I'm working on remedying that.

Oh, the JOB!! Yeah, that kind of came out of nowhere. My husband started on me this year about finding a job. He "claims" I said once my youngest started school full-time I said I'd get a job. I KNOW I didn't say that because I WOULDN'T have said that. I tried ignoring Hubby for a while hoping he'd drop it, but if anything he became more persistent. Drat. So I told him I would only take a job that allowed me to be home to get the kids off to school and be home by the time they got out of school. And WHO is going to take care of the kids when they are sick?? Hubby can't get the time off work, and if I start a new job I'm sure **I** won't have enough leave to stay at home with them. And what about time off for running the kids to activities and appointments, etc?! Then there is the whole agility/dog thing! I have my lessons, and my classes, and the Fridays I need off to help out at the ASCA trials, and OTHER days off for OTHER trials, and what about my weekly hikes?

So I thought with that criteria I would NEVER find a job ;)...

Well, whadayaknow...I found one. Actually, they kinda found me. I'm now working part-time for someone's - here on LJ - husband's business. I only have to work a few hours a day and the hours are completely flexible. Pretty much I go in and there is a certain amount of work that needs to be done for the day, I do it and can leave. The people who work there are AWESOME and are totally fine (thanks to someone's influence with the boss ;)) with me taking off a few Friday's for my dog/agility stuff. Perfecto!! How could I POSSIBLY say no?

But, man, have I had a hard time adjusting to working even a few hours a day! I don't know how people with families work full-time, My hats off to you folks! I've been working for two months and still haven't gotten a system and rhythm down for making the rest of my life run smoothly. Sheesh.

Kellen also had to give up his Jr's class with Wicket he was taking from Naomi :(. I'm really quite sad about that because those kids in that class are SO ridiculously cute! Kellen was getting close to probably being able to do a Jumpers course with Wick and I was hopeful I could get them into one of the upcoming ASCA trials. Ah, well. Kellen is really into his Karate and had been asking for a while to join the Black Belt Club. However, the BBC is a big commitment and meets several times a week including at the same day and time as his Jr's class, so I had been putting him off. But, he and the instructors finally talked me into it, so now, lots of karate and no agility.

So in a nutshell, that is what has been going on with me and the pups. I'll leave you with some pics of the Red Girls Reunion.

All photos by - and a big THANK YOU to - Kat P.

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Pepper, Jett, Riley

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Tails!

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Funny Things
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I volunteer in my son's 1st grade classroom one day a week. A few weeks ago I took Wicket in so Kellen could "share" him and have Wicket entertain the kids with his parlor tricks. I let Kellen handle Wicket and only helped when needed. It is so stinkin' adorable to watch Kellen and Wicket and the classmates are so easily amused by any trick beyond a Sit.

The highlight was having Wicket perform his "stupid pet trick", which is targeting his hind feet on a vertical surface (2o2o). We were outside so I had Kellen use a tree instead. It was hilarious and the kids clapped and yelled and laughed at it. I love kids at this age and can I just say what a good boy Wick is?

Anyway, Kellen came home at the end of the week with all his corrected class work and had written about bringing Wicket in. I thought it was ridiculously cute :).

(I'll translate, and I appologize, apparently I can't rotate pictures on the iPad)

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One day at school I shared my dog the (his) name is Wicket he did tricks.


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The school went WILD!!!! At the stooped pet trick. WILD!
(Can you see Wicket's hind legs on the trunk of the tree?? So funny to me :))

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It was a Wednesday date 2-4-15, it was a good time.

Kids. HAHAAHA.

Also, to continue the entertainment, I saw this Craigslist ad today. GENIUS!! Check out the tags at the bottom of the ad.
(The picture doesn't show up when I copy the ad, but here is a link if the ad hasn't been taken down yet.
https://eugene.craigslist.org/pet/4926532261.html)

Pure evil (Thurston)
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© craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMap
(google map) (yahoo map)

Thank you for looking. It's not everyday you come across a cat as special as furry little Chuck Norris. She is a 4 years old spayed Manx cat. She enjoys eating, sleeping and lounging. She has no health problems and is not very active indoors and can go outdoors.

Lets get down to the nitty gritty.

This cat wants to kill. She is Satan spawn puked up by a buzzard and hatched in the sun. Don't get me wrong, we love her, just life changes call for her re-homing. . In fact she will need to be sedated to bring to you (we will pay for it) We will deliver within 30 miles of Springfield.

As a kitten Chuck Norris was named by her dad and the name stuck. Dad did not know this name would result in the ultimate weapon. She has been used by SWAT teams for the last year. Instead of throwing flash bangs they just break a window and throw Chuck in. Criminals surrender in less than 1.37 seconds. A new record from what we understand. Even the K9's avoid hanging out with her. She hacks up kev-lar hairballs for gosh sake. She does not have a catnip problem but sometimes she comes home late at night smelling of pepper spray and whiskey.

She has been an indoor cat for the last few years making a few trips outside. She is now showing a great interest in being outdoors and acts up when we bring her in. For some reason we have no animals in a 1 mile radius larger than a grey hound... I digress.

What Chuck needs is a barn. A barn to hunt, kill and soul destroy. Away from other cats, dogs and humans. We truly do love her. She leaves you alone in the house sleeping and keeping to herself. She will let you pet her only when its breakfast and dinner time. She does not free feed but she can learn. When she is outside she will let you love her like crazy this part I have not figured out. I think its a trap.

Please call or email if you are interested. This is a serious post and we would like to re-home her in the next month.

Thank you

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TAGs: Nurse Ratched, Buffalo Bills sister, Joan Crawford, Hannibal Lecter's ex wife.

HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY, WICKET!!i
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Go enjoy your Kong, Big Guy! You've earned it!!

Flea And Tick Collars
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Has anyone had any experience with the new flea and tick collars such as Seresto?

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I've already taken ticks off both Wicket and Jett within the last couple of weeks. Jett's was taken off at the vet's yesterday because I happened to be in there for her vaccines when I found the tick by her ear. The vet was concerned that the area around the tick bite was already swollen and had a red ring, so Jett is now on Amoxicillin for prevention of Lyme Disease. Awesome.

I use Advantage II on my dogs and cat for flea control - and it only works marginally well. I have to apply it religiously every 21 days and I still find fleas on them. Yes, I know Advantage is not a repellent and the fleas have to bite them to die, but I would think that eventually we would knock down the flea population on our property. Unfortunately, with hundreds of acres of field behind us and all the rodents/squirrels/possums/coons/skunks etc around here, I don't see being able to completely eradicate the fleas.

The last two hikes I've taken the dogs on has resulted in one of the dogs each picking up a tick. The vet asked what I was using for flea and tick control, and since Advantage II doesn't do anything for the ticks she recommended the Seresto. It was expensive - something like $62 for 1 collar - but, it is supposed to last for 8 months, so overall less expensive than the topical. I purchased one collar and will consider buying another one at our next vet appointment, but wanted to see if any of you LJ folks knew anything about them. Supposedly these collars are a lot better than the old flea collars.

From The Mountains...
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...To the valleys, to the oceans, white with foam!

Jett has hit them all now.

And you're welcome for that ear worm.

We escaped the Willamette Valley fog yesterday by heading to the coast. We, and everybody ELSE and their DOGS from the valley! Sheesh. I have NEVER seen so many people at the coast, and we got there at high tide so all 80,000 people were crammed onto a 50' wide stretch of beach. But it was still an amazingly beautiful and warm'ish January day.

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On our drive over to the coast we stopped off at the Territorial Motocross Track where they were holding open practices for motorcycles, quads and side-by-sides. My oldest son is very much into motorcycles and wants to be a professional dirt bike rider when he grows up.

Over my dead body.

But who am I to squash his dreams...


DO THEIR MOTHER'S KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING?!?!
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**pics from the Territiorial Motocross Park FB page

After my last post about Jett being scared of the cars on our road, what better, more appropriate, place to take her than to a race track with a bunch SUPER LOUD, feel-the-rumble-in-your-chest, 2-stroke motorcycles/ATV's??? (Please note sarcasm) Yeah, makes the scary cars on our road look like children's toys.

I let her stay in our vehicle for a while, then, armed with two pockets stuffed full of treats, brought her and Wick out. Jett was pretty nervous about being out, but the treats were enough to keep her from freaking out too badly. The "parking" was on a muddy hill and I made my way to the furtherest row away from the track.

It appears as though if one is into motocross, one must also own at least two dogs that get brought along. EVERYONE had dogs here! And I saw 4 puppies: 2 golden retrievers, 1 Malamute, 1 lab(?) cross. Surprisingly, not one single pit or pit-cross. Everyone seemed responsible; all dogs were on leash or tethered to trucks/trailers, I saw owners picking up after their dogs, and everyone seemed to be kind to their dogs. Everyone smiled and said Hi as we walked by and inquired as to "what kind of dog that brown puppy was." FYI - Jett was perfectly matched to the red clay mud up there.

I slowly made my way up and down the rows of vehicles feeding treats generously if Jett seemed bothered by anything. By the time we had made our way to the row closest to the track she had gotten over being worried about the motorcycles.

Jett got to meet LOTS of people and kids, and nearly everyone she met was wearing riding gear: boots, pads, bulky chest/shoulder/neck protectors and helmets, (some of which had GoPro cameras mounted on top). Jett was not bothered at all by them. At one time we had 5 kids and two adults gathered around petting her and she loved the attention and took treats from everyone.

Then we loaded up and made our way to the coast.

We went to our favorite beach where normally there are few people. HA! Not on Sunday. There were way too many people and dogs to let my dogs off leash, which was fine. After Jett's plunge into the reservoir I wouldn't trust her with the waves of the Oregon Coast. It is difficult enough to keep an eye on the boys playing in the water without having to worry about the over-confident baby Aussie being swept out to sea. Jett had a great time anyhow chasing the foam back and forth, had some adorable pounces popping the foam bubbles and she had some crazy Zoomies on the end of a 6 foot leash. She also was a big help to Kellen, assisting him in trying to dig to China in the sand.


Take the damn picture, honey! Our retinas are burning out!!
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And on Saturday Jett got to meet up with her other sister who came to this area! Joni - who is now Riley - lives in Albany and is the dark red merle from the Beam/Khy litter. We have been trying to get all three of the pups together but haven't been able to mesh schedules. Then, I had a funeral service on Saturday to attend in Philomath for our friend who passed and when I mentioned that to Riley's owner, it turns out to be a mutual acquaintance. Small world.

During the reception we met at a park about a block away from the church and let the girls play. It is hard to tell if the girls remember each other, or they are just excited to see another pup, but they had a romping good time playing and wore each other out!

**All Jett/Riley photos by Kevin
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Riley and Pepper (formerly Cameo and the other puppy from the litter who came to this area) are the two pups who were my top two choices as a pick, so I was quite eager to meet Riley. I think that Riley, Pepper and Jett all have a very different look and it will be interesting to see how they mature. I really liked Riley when I met her but I was happy to realize I didn't like her **more**. There was a part of me that was apprehensive, because what if I met her and had the feeling that SHE was the dog I was really meant to have?! That would have been awful :). But I didn't feel that way at all. Phew! I am VERY happy with the puppy I got and Riley's owners love her to pieces!

City Walk FAIL!
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This morning dawned with a stunning sunrise.

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After I got the boys off to school I decided to take advantage of the 46 degree, non-foggy, beautiful morning and take the dogs for a walk. I thought a nice walk down towards Spalsh!, our local wave and swim pool, would be nice since I could let the dogs run off-leash in the big field and they could swim in the creek if they wanted.

That was my plan.

I tried Jett's harness on her (the one I bought for her to wear on her flight home a month and a half ago), but it is too small, so a leash snapped to the collar it would have to be. She sits nicely to be leashed and we practiced some waits at doors. It helps SO much that Wick is good at these. We practiced some waits at the gate, then ventured out onto the driveway.

Jett pulls on the leash like a sled dog and was straining for purchase on the concrete as we made our way over to the sidewalk. She was acting like a freak and I made it about 20' down the sidewalk before I realized she was TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE CARS. DOH!!!

I completely had forgotten how afraid Jett is of the cars on the road, and had confused her straining at the end of the leash with her being excited for a walk and not that she was trying to escape. I am still crating her in her tiny crate when we travel in the vehicles and I load her up in the crate in the house and carry it outside. She has not acted frightened of the vehicles while sitting in her crate on the driveway while she waits for me to load her up so I didn't give any thought that she still might be afraid of the cars while we were walking.

I scooped her up and got her back to the easement road and I ended up just walking down the easement road with them off-leash.

I know I need to work on her car fear, but I really have mixed feelings about it. Out the back of our property is the city/county line and we have hundreds of acres of (private) field and forest. It is nice and quiet and country-like out the back. But out the front of our house is the most ridiculously busy road. We live within a mile of 3 schools (elementary, middle, and high schools), and taking our road is an alternative route to Main St and commuters take our road to avoid several stop lights. So between commuters and school traffic it adds up to a lot of traffic.

The other day the neighbor boy, who lives across the street from us, was trying to get across the road so he and my son could ride their bikes to school together. This is a neighborhood, the road is 2 lanes and there are no crosswalks. It took 6 MINUTES before there was a big enough break in traffic for the friend to get across the road!! 6 FREAKING MINUTES!!!

My point is this. I don't want Jett anywhere near this road. Having her scared of the road is a good thing. Wicket got out one day when he was about a year old and got hit by a car (luckily, he was not hit hard, was rolled out of the way, and the only injury was an abrasion on one elbow. He was running zoomies in the backyard 2 hrs after getting hit). I do not want this to happen if Jett ever gets out.

But, we live in the city and we need to be able to walk down the sidewalks. She needs to not be terrified of that.

Jett Goes Swimming
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Monday was MLK day and the boys didn't have school. I loaded them and the dogs up and went to visit my dad who lives in Oakridge on Hills Creek Reservoir.

(He lives on the left arm of the reservoir)
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The water level is very low right now which allows for a lot of real estate - albeit muddy - to hike on. This area has both some VERY steep slopes that drop off into the water, and also some flatter areas. The boys and dogs took off running and both ended up on the other side of a creek from my dad and me down on a flat area of mud caused by a "delta effect" from the soil washed down from this creek. The flat muddy area extends into the water only a few feet before dropping off into very deep water.

My dad and I were making our way towards the dogs and boys (who were, being much faster than my dad and me, on the other side of the creek) and we're watching them as the boys throw rocks and sticks into the water and the dogs were playing herding dog games like: Stalk Me/Stalk You, I Can Do The Better Outrun, You Can't See Me Hiding Behind This Stump, I Can Beat You Up This Muddy Slope, I Can Beat You Down This Muddy Slope, Zoomies In The Mud, and Let's Mud Wrestle.

Then, one of the boys threw a stick (or rock) in the water and Wick was like, WAHOO! MY FAVORITE GAME!!! And raced like a streak through the mud and dove in the water after it...with Jett hot on his heels!!! Both my dad and I could see what was about to happen (from a long way away still) and I'm yelling, "NOOOOOOO....!!!!" As Jett followed right in after Wick.

Predictably, when she hits the drop off, she sinks like a rock out of sight and totally submerges for, what seemed like, EVER, but was probably only a couple of seconds.

Holy $hit!!!!!

I was already running toward the area, but really, I was probably 30 seconds away and my biggest fear was that one of the boys might go in the water to try to save her. THANK GOD, she popped up and ungracefully dog paddled back to shore.

Wicket was rolling in the mud, laughing hysterically at her.

By this time I still hadn't even gotten to where the creek was and I watched as she got out of the water, shook and loped up the terraced slope to sit in a hole under a stump with a WTF look on her face.

But Jett is never a dog to let something bother her for long, so after about 20 seconds of replaying the event she was off again chasing after the last few remaining hairs to be pulled out on Wick's butt. They ran and wrestled and chased...and Wick ran right back in the water with Jett hanging off his tail and KERSPLASH! Submarined again. I didn't even feel sorry for her this time.

She went in one more time after that, but I think it was intentional :). This girl has been a water dog from the day she came home so it shouldn't surprise me that she wasn't phased much by nearly drowning.

I am super pleased with how Jett handles and recovers from situations. There is very little this little girl is scared of or lets bother her. She is both smart and brave; usually handles herself well, and given a chance to think it through (her 20 sec WTF moment under the stump), comes to a sound conclusion. And where Wick can be reckless with his body, and do crazy stupid stuff (like run out onto logs hanging 8' over a river and jump off into shallow water and river rocks!!) Jett is not. She has the self-preservation gene, THANK GOD.

The boys found 4 tennis balls on our walk and took them to a very steep slope which had very nice terraced, loose soil and would roll the balls down slope and the dogs would race down and retrieve them, then race back up the slope. I had some very pooped (and MUDDY!!) pups and boys when we were done.

We spent about 2-1/2 hrs trekking through the mud just letting the boys and dogs play. The dogs kept me laughing at their antics and games. Toward the end Wicket started getting too rough and had to be leashed for a while until he remembered his manners. I was also very pleased to see how Jett handled herself on the different terrains. While Wick would go into BC stalk mode hiding behind a rock or stump, Jett would run in and out and around and over all the rocks, mud, stumps, sticks etc, trying to "flush" Wick out and I just love how she moves. She handled going through and over several creeks really well. Even though she was unsure of the crossing she would run back and forth whining a little, but would find a suitable crossing and then make a leap of faith to our side. I never had to go back to get her and she made wise choices when choosing where to cross, never getting freaked out and panicking, just found her path and negotiated it. I'm loving this little girl more every day.

Your Next Project HJK
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For swirlygirls:

Since you have lots of time on your hands now that you are retired and Dottie is almost done and you have gained invaluable experience, this can be your next project for the girls!

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/pet-advice/dog-campers

Portland peeps...
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http://www.kval.com/news/local/Pooch-taken-from-Portland-Starbucks-Why-would-they-take-a-dog-288260101.html?tab=video&c=y

Fun Match 1/11/15
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Jett did well at the Fun Match yesterday meeting lots of dogs and people. Most of the dogs she met were happy to meet her, a couple did lip lifts and one snarked, and Jett was totally respectful of that. The dog that snarked did so because Jett greeted her by jumping on her head.

After the FM, Jett got to play with a 9 mo old whippet and an older standard poodle and they had a lot of fun together. Jett has a good recall off other dogs but isn't interested in any kind of play with me when the other dogs are around, but she doesn't have a lot of toy drive yet anyhow. When Jett and Wicket play Keep-Away, Jett just likes to grab ahold of Wick's hair and hang on. Well, there is no hair on a whippet and it was funny watching her try to figure out what to do about that. She did try to grip the whip's butt and he told her Hell No! And she said, "Oh, sorry about that! Won't happen again!" The whippet didn't want to share his toy and Jett was ever so cute with her play bows and rolling over and worming her way up to him. SHE IS SO CUTE!

What I was most pleased with is when I crated her inside she didn't scream her head off! She did some whining, but not bad, and mostly was quiet. She initially was crated in the aisle way as I put her there while I finished building the course and then people arrived and we briefed,. She was VERY good with all the people and dogs milling around her while she was in the crate. I moved her into one of the stalls, so she got to crate in two different areas and still didn't throw a fit. Hallelujah! That is a big improvement. I only let her stay crated in the barn for about an hour, then crated her in the car. I took her out several times and let bounce around at the end of the leash.

One big surprise was Wicket's reaction to the other dogs meeting Jett. Let's just say Wick is way over protective! That is going to have to be addressed.

Wicket did pretty well at the Fun Match. I worked on startline stays since he has been breaking them more often than not in practices and trials, and wouldn't you know it, I couldn't get him to break. Figures! He had lovely contacts. His weaves looked good and I even set him up for a couple of hard entries and he nailed them. He had a few weeks off over Christmas and this was his first time back, so maybe the break did him good.

I do need to work on driving to the end of contacts when I'm behind. He is especially bad on the teeter if I'm behind about either stopping at the fulcrum and turning his head to look at me, or getting the teeter to tip and then doing his 2o2o on the side of the teeter.

So... Wick performed well at the Fun Match and came back strong from the break, *I* on the other hand, felt disconnected. So it really is amazing Wick did well in spite of me :). God bless our dogs. I felt my timing was off, I put a front cross in where I shouldn't have, I forgot to rear cross when I should have, I forgot a course, I worked one sequence several times and handled it a differently and never really felt I did well at any of them. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things!

In other non-dog related news: the big Duck game is tonight!!! GO DUCKS!!!
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And this bit of sadness:
We got news this weekend that a really good family friend has passed away. This man was a friend, a teacher, a mentor and an inspiration; a husband, a father, a grandfather, a good Christian, and an amazing man. Every memory of him he is smiling. He ALWAYS smiled, and laughed and joked; he had a wicked sense of humor! He endured years of excruciating pain from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash while we were camping in 1987, but he never complained. On Saturday he was finally relieved of his pain. He will be missed. Godspeed, Garth, we love you.

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