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times each winter. Advancing in age,
Randy was slowed a bit by arthritis in
her back legs. Not wanting to push her,
I kept our hunts short. On the last day
of the season that year, I knew that it
could be the final time Randy and I
hunted together.
We went back to our familiar
Bradford County hunting grounds and
were greeted by 2 inches of snow, an
overcast sky and no wind. Perfect conditions for what would be a memorable
day. We busted through the thick brush
for hours without a chase, and I began
to worry that Randy may overdo it. We
began hunting back toward the truck
and walked through a field flanked by
a stone wall. It wasn't the best rabbit
habitat on the place, and that's why I
had doubts when Randy began to wag
her tail excitedly. Just as I was about
to call Randy back, I hesitated. Her
nose never let me down in all our years
together, so I owed it to Randy to let
her figure things out. Within minutes

she began barking and a rabbit bolted
along the stone wall, with Randy in
hot pursuit. She chased the rabbit back
into the thicket from where we came,
and quickly turned it back toward me.
I shot the rabbit as it ran by about 15
yards away, and waited for Randy to
catch up. I let her sniff the bunny and
rubbed her ears before calling it a day.
And like I always did at the end of the
hunt, I picked up my exhausted beagle
and carried her to the truck.
A few years later I carried my dog
again. This time, unfortunately, it
wasn't at the end of a hunt.
After making her morning rounds
in the yard, Randy came inside, laid
down and peacefully passed away. She
was 17. I knelt by Randy for a few
minutes, caressing her head and reflecting on our years hunting, and growing
up, together. Then I picked up Randy
one last time and carried my hunting
partner to her final resting place in the
backyard.

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