Corky was whelped January 25, 1985 in Austin, Texas. He was the son of the 1984 National Derby Champion, FC/AFC Westwind's Bold Tiger and was expected to be a strong field trial performer as well as a companion to Chance, my chocolate male shown in the pictures with Corky. Unfortunately, Corky turned out to have extremely bad hips.
Although you can't tell it from the pictures above, he had surgery three times between the ages of 6 and 12 months to attempt to alleviate his hip problems. He had a procedure called a triple pelvic osteotomy on both hips (Yes, it is as bad as it sounds), but by the time of his death September 6, 1995, Corky had essentially no hips left. He suffered severe arthritic changes to his left elbow, with moderate arthritis in his right elbow and his spine. At the age of 9+, he had a 180 degree volvulus, or twisting of his stomach, also called bloat or gastric torsion. That required emergency surgery and intensive care followup for the surgery and ensuing heart problems. His heart became enlarged subsequent to this episode. His death came as a result of cancer in his jawbone which had spread to the abdominal area.
Throughout all his health problems, Corky was always my best,
most even tempered friend. He always wanted to go hunting or training
with the other dogs and he did earn the AKC Junior Hunter (JH)
title as well as the UKC HR (Hunting Retriever) titles. He was
good with other dogs, especially young puppies, rarely getting
into any disagreements, and never complaining about the pain he
must have felt at times. Someday, Corky and I will meet again
at the rainbow bridge.
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