Ebony Of Lone Oak 1999 – 2013


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


Published by BruceCochran

Bruce Cochran graduated from Oklahoma University in 1960 with a B.A. in design. He worked as a humor writer/illustrator for Hallmark Cards from 1960 – 1962 and has freelanced as a writer, cartoonist and illustrator since then. Cochran drew daily sports cartoon for USA Today from 1983 – 1991. He has 10 humor/cartoon books published by Willow Creek Press and his work appears regularly in Wyoming Wildlife, Outdoor News, On Wisconsin Outdoors, Pheasants Forever Journal, Wildfowl, Gundog, Ducks Unlimited magazine, Delta Waterfowl and other publications. He also writes and illustrates a regular humor column for Wyoming Wildlife News. Bruce won first place in the magazine humor category of OWAA’s EIC contest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Life Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited. Life member: NRA. Member: Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, OWAA and Outdoor Writers of Kansas.