Yesterday we had to have our old Lab Ebony Of Lone Oak put down. She was slowly dying before our eyes from a nasty combination of age-related problems.
A gentle pet and eager retriever, Ebby began her thirteen-year career in 1999 as an outrageous eight-month-old puppy and retired after the 2011 season to spend her remaining days as a pampered house pet.
As with our previous Labs, her ashes will be loaded into shotgun shells and fired over the area where she made her most memorable retrieves. At some point in the future my own remains will join hers.
I think it was Gene Hill who said, “If there are no Labrador retrievers in heaven, I don’t want to go.”
Photography by Jon Blumb