A Tribute to a Departed Icon: Drake the DU Dog

Highdonscott Drake (“Drake”)—July 30, 2000 to December 15, 2013
Photo courtesy Wildrose Kennels

Mike Stewart, who wrote Sporting Dog and Retriever Training The Wildrose Way (along with Orvis’s Paul Fersen), has penned a beautiful tribute to one of the most recognizable gundogs of recent memory, a Wildrose Black Labrador Named Drake.

Drake, the 1st Official Ducks Unlimited Mascot died on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at age 13 years and 4.5 months. Fittingly, Drake was wrapped carefully in his flag and laid to rest at the Wildrose Gundog Memorial Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi. He lies next to other great friends that appeared with him in shows and on hunts including FTCh Angus and FTCh Tommy.

In an amazing post on the Wildrose blog, Stewart recounts the highlights of Drake’s life, from puppydom to international star. It’s well worth your time.

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