Some of my most memorable moments in training dogs were the years spent at the Stouffville farm home of Jerry Cudahy and his wife Eva .
Jerry was a character . That is the best way to sum him up. His farm was the home of one of the first , and in my opinion best , French Ring training clubs . Our club held trials and invited French trainers and Cheryl Carlson from Detroit , and held Canada's first campagne trial . So many broiling hot days, so many pouring rain, muddy fields , frozen days -- and yet out we were training .
He was an excellent decoy. One of the best . He could read a dog . He was nimble and had finesse and would keep the dog on his toes with his quick movements in the esquive .
He loved his dogs , as dogs , and they him .
Best known for Rocky , the malinois who in 1992 was the first Canadian trained dog to win the North American French Ring Grand Championship, a dog that I knew well.
Boy that feels like a lifetime ago.
We had not seen each other for years and today with great sadness and heavy heart , remembering the fun , the adventure, the humour , the worn out sweaty people dropped on his living room floor and furniture, the after training sessions at the local greasy spoon , that Jerry Cudahy and his wife Eva , tragically were killed in a house fire . This was reported in our Toronto Star GTA front page .
Still seeing Jerry's child like amused smile --
what can you say , what can you do . Rest in peace and thanks for the memories .