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Ch. LaDeJa's Black Bart x Ch. Wynhamian Devil
1974 - 1984
By Roger Orton and Jo Tunnel
Expo came to us as a 6 weeks of age. He and his sister,
Demon, came from the same litter, and were our third and fourth Flat Coats. He was a very
slow maturing liver dog who didn't grow up until he was 5 years old. Unfortunately he was
diagnosed at the age of 5 with an eye anomaly which could not be ruled out as a genetic
problem. He had slightly restricted irricorneal drainage angles that made him predisposed
to glaucoma or so the University of Colorado told us. He was neutered and placed with Mrs.
Jo Tunnell of Big Bear Lake, California. The following is what Jo wrote about Expo in a
picture album presented to us at Christmas 1985.
Expo had more friends than we do, that
we know for a fact. He was the official mascot, greeter, and baby-sitter of the
Photo Store. People came in just to see the big brown one. His greatest joy in life was
retrieving. It didn't matter what or where a bumper in the back yard or a stick in some
lake in the Sierra's. If there was water to be found, he found it, in a stream or in
the lawn sprinklers."
Expo was the goofy one. He earned the
name "Seuss Goose" for the cartoon-like expression he had when he perked up
sun-bleached ears and his jowls drooped. He was Ebby's buddy, superior, and partner in
crime. He was Tim's hunting partner at dawn in the desert, my "lap-dog"in the
In the fall of 1984 we learned that
his occasional limp meant bone cancer. On Thanksgiving morning he considered giving in to
it. But, seeing our concern, he picked himself up and went on as if everything was fine.
We know he lived those last two weeks for us. We miss him, our customers miss him. We like
to believe he haunts us, in his own goofy way.
This was in a bunch of old pictures.
This is Roger Orton with a head full of hair.... The one on top.