As long as we remember him.

There once was a little puppy.


And he liked peanuts.


And playing with his brothers and sisters.


And he was happy.


And silly.

And polite.


He loved life.


He loved his friends.


He loved naps


And fuzzy blankets


He loved car rides


And ice cream


He loved his people.


Especially his special person.


They went on adventures together.


They went hiking, and biking, and swimming.

Buckeye Trail, Ohio

Adena Trace Trail, Indiana

Adena Trace Trail, Indiana

Appalachian Trail Approach Trail, Georgia

Currahee Mountain, Georgia

Camp Toccoa/Currahee Mountain, Georgia

Col. Sink Trail/Currahee Mountian, Georgia

Appalachian Trail Approach Trail Trailhead


Appalachian Trail Approach Trail, Springer Mountain, Georgia.

Black Gap Shelter, Springer Mountain, Georgia

Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina

Laurel Highlands Trail, Pennsylvania

Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky

Mountain Crossings, Blairsville, Georgia

Appalachian Trail southern terminus, Springer Mountain, Georgia

Buckeye Trail southern terminus, Cincinnati, OH

Foothills Trail eastern terminus, South Carolina

Sheltowee Trace Trail HQ, Livingston, KY



He was very brave.


Except for slick floors.


And he kept her safe from scary things. 


Even if those scary things were little garter snakes.


And they competed in lots of fun things.


Like weight pull.


And Lure Coursing.


And hunting instinct tests.


And dock jumping (though he wasn’t very excited about it).


He was even a show dog.

Best Veteran in Show


And they earned lots of awards together.

NALC B-bay 2016 Nationals Trial Winner

NWDA 2011 Nationals 60# Weight Class Winner

UKC Top Ten Best of Breed 2009



He earned many titles.




Then he had babies!


And he loved his babies.


And they won lots of awards, too.



They made lots of new friends along the way.



Then one day he got hurt and had to go the hospital.


The doctors tried very hard, but sometimes things get so broken they can’t be fixed.


And his people got broken, too.



There once was a little puppy.



And he was loved.



In loving memory



July 15, 2008 – November 18, 2017

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8 Responses

  1. Lisa Tichy says:

    Ranger was amazing. I spent many days in the ring with him. He was always a joy and so fun to watch!

  2. Anna says:

    Dogspeed, Danger Mouse. I was proud to know you. <3

  3. Lynn Vaden says:

    Amanda, you and Ranger were made for one another, may he rest in peace, knowing he was well and truly loved, and gave the same in return.

  4. Vicky Church says:

    Amanda – This is a lovely tribute… Now that I have Captain I better understand your love and bond with Ranger… Remembering them is important…

  5. Tori says:

    There’s a special place in our hearts for the truly exceptional bonds – may the circle he unbroken.

  6. Beverly lee says:

    What a beautiful tribute to an amazing friend

  7. Allison says:

    Such a beautiful remembrance. He certainly was loved and gave so much love back to you, unquestioningly and faithfully. You had a very special bond and nothing can ever take that away; even though he’s not here in body, his spirit lives on in his pups and all around you.

  8. Lori Potochick says:

    Paws to heaven. A good life, a great love. A friend in this life and the next. Till you meet again on trails in heaven. Ranger.