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Was a secret for a while. #7100218 03/04/18 01:16 AM
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Bought a pup that I wanted to surprise Virgil Moore with this summer, but circumstances changed all that so here's the story.

Back in 1970 a setter named Johnny Crockett won the National Championship at Ames. He was the first and only setter till Shadow Oak Bo to do it in the modern era. He died at 8 yrs with a brain tumor. Hank Sheely his owner was wise enough to see if his sperm could be collected when he first became ill and a Doctor in Oregon I believe tried successfully they thought to collect him. I may be wrong but have been told this was the first time a collection was done.

Now comes the role Dale Bush (HOF field trial patron) played in the story. Dale was a friend of W C Kirk the handler and of Mr. Sheely. Years later he asked Mr. Sheely if he could use one of the straws they collected and was given permission to use one. Now Johnny Crockett had died almost 40 years before and the straws surly had suffered some degradation over the years, but he was a man with some luck and a litter was produced and several fine dogs including Champion Crockett's Deep Freeze. Well Mister Bush always wanted to try again but didn't want to waste it unless he had a blue ribbon bitch. Over the years he looked a lot of fine females and in the last two years thought he found her. A fine daughter of Shadow Oak Bo was the dog he had been looking for and since in the intervening years Mr. Sheely had passed and the straws were in the control of TX. A&M he went to Mrs. Sheely who wrote a letter to the college asking them to release a straw to Dale.

Now this straw was 46 years old and the vet that preformed the AI procedure said it was the worst he had ever seen, very low motility and the chances were slim it would produce a litter. That was in late Oct of 2017. On Dec 26 2017 6 pups by Johnny hit the ground. So it's very possible that these may be the last pups by Johnny Crockett.

How I got involved is luck and circumstance but more luck then circumstance. And this past Fri I drove to College Station and picked up Hank, son of Johnny Crockett and a daughter of Shadow Oak Bo. Can't tell you how my mind was racing as the litter sucker slept on my lap for over 2 hours on the way home. But I'm excited for sure and so is Virgil to see what this little piece of field trial history will turn out to be.

Hank at his new home.




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The only setter I ever owned was out of that line. Good luck.


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I like Hank. Hes a fine looking pup. Hope he turns out like you want him to. up

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That's a great story Chet and hope Hank is a great dog!

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up up Here's hoping he turns out better than his pedigree!


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up up


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Man, cool story. Destiny dog there and a damn good looking pup to boot

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Great looking pup. I thought you were pointer only guy?


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I haven't gone to the dark side yet grin , but the DNA and history of this litter was hard to pass up. But who knows, stranger things have happened.

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Going to have to add a dog hair brush to your hunting bag for sure

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Best of luck with him.


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Originally Posted By: danceswithquail
Going to have to add a dog hair brush to your hunting bag for sure


He'll be getting a summer cut before he steps foot in west texas cheers

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Get a Furminator, and carry a small electric shear to camp

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Congratulations on the new pup.



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Helluva a story, Chet. I hope you enjoy him.

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Originally Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter
Helluva a story, Chet. I hope you enjoy him.


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Can't wait to follow this pup's progress


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Originally Posted By: bobcat1
up up Here's hoping he turns out better than his pedigree!


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Well he's going with me real well already, maybe that's because his teeth are locked on my jeans. wink

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Well he's going with me real well already, maybe that's because his teeth are locked on my jeans. wink
roflmao roflmao roflmao


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Chet,
I have a pick of the litter female pup coming in 3-4 weeks out of a Hytest Skyhawk male and an Erins Hidden Shsmrock female. I am just saying.......😍😘

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I'm not a real setter man but you can't turn around without seeing a winner out of both of those lines. Pretty darn strong breeding. up

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I hunted with one of Bos offspring year before last near Odessa.
You got a keeper.

Great looking pup, Chet.




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I remember that pic from one of your posts, nice looking dog, do you have any idea what he weighed?

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Chet, I have a Bo son, and he is a large dog. Id say he weighs close to 60 pounds


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