Hi! Jack of Hilltop
A good dog never dies, he always stays
- he walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and
winter's drawing near, his head is within your hand in his old way.
Mary Carolyn Davies
Good and sad moments are sometimes very near to
each other. Only a few days after my biggest success since I have been
breeding Cockers - "Top Secret vom Oesterreichring" became European Champion
and BOB in very hot international competition - I had to say goodbye to his
great-grandfather, "Hi! Jack of Hilltop" (better known to his friends as
"Niki"): at the age of 16 years he died patiently in my arms.
Since Niki came to live with me nearly 15 years
ago, he has always been at my side. He did everything to please me and was the
most faithful and loving companion one could think off. Niki was
International, Austrian, German and Yugoslavian Champion, he won 5 CACIBs, was
5 times BOB and BIG. On top of this, he won a Field Trial in Hungary, passed
the blood tracking test and (the only Cocker so far in Austria) the special
retrieving test. He was also very successful at Companion Tests and -Trials (Austrian
Cup-Winner), tracking tests (TD 1 - TD 3) and in Obedience.
Niki was a dog one only has once in a lifetime -
I am grateful, that he will live on in his numerous progeny!