Obie was a neutered male who comes to us from the Spindrift lines. He was born in 2001 and was the patriarch of the kennel. Obie completed his AKC Versatile Companion Dog (VCD) title November 2006 which required a title in Tracking, Obedience, and Agility. At the time he was one of about a dozen English Cockers to have earned this title.
He and Tim really enjoyed hunting the most and both went goose hunting. Obie completed his Rally Excellent title in Spring 2007. In June 2008 he completed his Junior Hunter title.
Obie was a blue roan which is the most common color for this breed. He was very lovable and would come to anyone willing to pat him on the head, scratch his belly, or offer him a treat. Obie had the patience and the heart to work with those in need and regularly visited the elderly in nursing homes. The name Obatanga comes from a lake in a provincial park in Ontario, Canada near Wawa. The Indian name means a place of peace and solitude.
November of 2009 Obie was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma – a form of cancer. We will be giving two different research studies blood and tissue samples. Our hope is that by doing so we will help find a cure for this disease in humans and in dogs.
We lost Obie on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 when the crab apple trees were just beginning to flower.