It is with great sorrow to say that our beloved Paxton has passed away.
She was literally my shadow for 15 ½ years (minus only a couple weeks when she couldn’t come with me). She was within 10 feet of me at all times. She’d follow me anywhere and everywhere no matter where I was going or how long I’d be. If I moved, she moved.
She never needed or wanted a lot of attention (she got it anyways). She was uninterested in people for the most part, but tolerant. She liked very few people. She was just laid back, but if she thought you posed a threat to her or her family you best watch out. She was pretty much just like me.
She is the reason I got back into hunting so much when I got out of the military. She taught me as much as I taught her. We figured out the birds together. She was a key factor in shaping Whipple into what she was. She had tons of drive and a hellacious nose. She’d bring you things that you didn’t know were there including extra birds and other people’s birds. She was never really crazy about retrieving anything besides birds, but every now and then you could get a ball or bumper out of her. She was just a hunter. She was mad at them birds, but she’d get after anything and everything including mice and rats, squirrels, rabbits, fish and minnows, surface bugs and/or whatever else she could find. She caught live, uninjured birds (blackbirds, dove, coot, rail) on many occasions both when hunting and not. She was always on the hunt.
She was great around the house and out in the field. She was an awesome dog and will be greatly missed. We had a lot of fun together.
She was a survivor, she cheated death many times: from sinking to the bottom of a swimming pool at 4 weeks old, to hanging herself off of a dock that was 12 feet tall, to being trampled by cows, as well as being ran over and various health issues including beating cancer.
You just can’t beat Father Time.
Rest easy, P.
We love you very much and miss you everyday.
Get them birds!Water Walker’s Princess Darkness (Paxton)
11/30/2003 – 5/10/2019