On a particularly cold January evening, our old partner, “Janie’s Pistol Annie,” fell ill and passed from a severe stroke. She never recovered from this horrible event. She passed away here at home. “Annie” (as she went by here at home) came from two of Janie’s foundation dogs from her original kennel, Cowhouse Catahoulas: Stones Throw’s Colby G and Goldstar’s Marie Laveau. Additionally, her parentage was DNA verified as a pup. Annie has a COI (Inbreeding Coefficient) of 0.0390625% and an ancestor loss coefficient of 95.161 %. Annie is Coal Black as tar with tan trim and amber eyes. She was whelped September 26, 2010. Annie’s sire was the great champion Stones Throw’s Colby G and her dam was the noteworthy champion Gold Star’s Marie Laveau. Annie approached her senior years hard and fast but she had no desire to advertise that fact. At the time of her death she weighed about 64 pounds most days and was about 23.5 inches at the withers.
Annie’s passion was hunting hogs and she was retired from bay pen competition …. Annie was a bit “catchy” in the hog pay pen. This was not a bad trait… but it is more suited on a hog hunt. I can’t fuss though, she was five years old before she decided that catching hogs is more fun than just barking at them, <lol>. Each hunting season, Annie blood trailed for us on a regular basis as well. Annie worked cattle without unnecessary heat. She didn’t tolerate bad behavior in cattle. She didn’t harass calves either. She was even and steady and focused on the task at hand. Annie treed raccoons or squirrels as well. Her great Paternal Grandsire is the NALC Tree Champion, “Smokey.” I have been told that her treeing style is much like his.
Annie held breed registration with the National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas and the United Kennel Club. She competed in UKC Bench Show events when time allowed. She placed well, taking first place in her breeder/handler classes and also taking reserve Best Female at her last UKC Bench Show. Annie and Malinda frequently have a love/hate relationship BUT there is NO other dog that Malinda would have in Annie’s place. Annie is very devoted to her owner/handler…. and that is the Catahoula trait that is worth its weight in gold. Annie was great at working alone or together with other dogs. Annie enjoyed patrolling “her” property. She kept the varmints in check and so far has not had any bad ended run ins with the local coyotes.
Annie’s pups work… period. We have several folks who have purchased (and returned for more), and still treasure their pups from Annie. She has only whelped a limited amount of puppies as we choose NOT to excessively breed our girls. Her pups have gone on to excel at blood trailing, hunting game and hogs, baypen competitions, working stock, and show ring competitions. As always, we are happy to give you names of these folks so that you may hear it from the “horse’s mouth.” With that said, Annie will be greatly missed.
“Just because there was snow on the roof top didn’t mean the fire was cold in the furnace!”