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A YEAR OR SO AGO, I MET SOME WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO HUNTED A BREED OF DOGS I REALLY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT, AN AMERICAN LEOPARD HOUND.  I MET A MAN NAMED OGBURN TAYLOR WHO INTRODUCED ME TO ANOTHER MAN, LEMAR MEEKS.  THESE HAVE BEEN TWO OF THE GREATEST FRIENDS I HAVE MET IN THE DOG WORLD.   I FELL FOR A MALE LEOPARD HOUND THAT LEMAR HAD WITH HIM THAT WEEKEND.  A SHY DOG WITH THE KINDEST EYES IN THE WORLD.  LEMAR TOLD ME TO TAKE HIM HOME AND SEE WHAT I COULD DO WITH HIM.  WE HAD A SLOW START AS HAMMER WAS SLOW TO COME AROUND TO ME BUT IN A FEW WEEKS OF HIM LIVING IN THE HOUSE WITH ME WE HAD BONDED AND THE TRUE NATURE OF THIS HOUND WAS REVEALED TO ME.  HE WAS A WONDERFUL HOUND.  HE CAN INTO HIMSELF WITH A CONFIDENCE HE NEVER KNEW HE HAD.  BY THE TIME OF THE WINTER CLASSIC LAST YEAR, HAMMER COULD ENTER THE SHOW RING WITH CONFIDENCE.  HE AND I WERE BUDDYS.  HE TOOK BEST OF BREED AT GRAND AMERICAN THAT YEAR AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY.  THEN ONE MUDDY DAY I LEFT HIM TIED OUTSIDE FOR THE NIGHT TO WAIT TO BATH HIM THE NEXT DAY TO TAKE HIM TO WALKER DAYS.  HAMMER DIED THAT NIGHT BY TURNING HIS BOX OVER SOMEHOW, A FREEK THING HAPPENED THAT NIGHT THAT I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND.  I ONLY KNOW THAT MY FRIEND WAS GONE.  LEMAR WAS THE MOST UNDERSTANDING MAN IN THE WORLD AND HAS GIVEN ME A WONDERFUL RED BRINDLE MALE AND A BLUE MERLE FEMALE TO RAISE AND SHOW, BUT I MISS HAMMER.


Meek's Georgia Reject Hammer
Tribute to my friend
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"CH" RACK ISLAND MERLE HAGGARD Merle took best in show at Blue and Gray Houndsman Club as the first Leopard Hound to get the honor at that club
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merle03 Left is photo of Merle as he took Best of Breed Male at Virginia State Show.