Ch, Kiokee Tuff-E-Nuff
Paternal Grand-Sire:Ch Deer Run Ezekial (Fawn)
Sire: Ironhills Stay The Night (Apricot Brindle)
Paternal Grand-Dam: Christian Bristol Cream (Apricot Brindle)
Maternal Grand-Sire: Ch. Ironhills Lionsire Poldark (Fawn)
Dam: Ironhills Hope Springs Eternal (Fawn)
Maternal Grand-Dam: Verdune's Tolkien Dreamer (Fawn)
Tuffy was the first male Mastiff I bought as Show quality. When I first saw him as a 7 week old puppy he weighed 9 lbs.; he was covered with seed ticks, dehydrated, and extremely hot to the touch. Even to my novice eye, I knew he was a very sick puppy. He was so sick he could not stand up when the co-breeders placed him on the ground. I picked him up to hand him back and to tell the man "no deal"; when he looked me in the face. Something in his eyes told me, "No, wait. I'll be worth the effort." Common sense said not to keep him, but my heart said not to let him go.
I paid the man a pet price for him--because I wasn't sure he would live; but I also had the fear, this very sick puppy would never live if he left that night. I bathed and dipped him for ticks that night--in my mop bucket. I sat on my front porch steps and combed out over 500 seed ticks off him. I sat up all night and gave him pedilyte to hydrate him. The next morning , I took him to my vet--he had a 105 fever and still could not stand up and walk; we suspected tick fever and paralysis--we started him on antibiotics. He was full of worms--hook, whip and tapeworms.
It took weeks for him to turn around--followup lab work showed he did not have liver damage from his poor care, but I felt sure he would never be as large as he could have been. It didn't matter to me; I had decided to keep him. He was a happy, loving dog--eager to please us.
Paternal Grand Sire: Ch. Kiokee Tuff-E-Nuff (Apricot Brindle)
Sire: Kiokee Walk Your Talk (Fawn)
Paternal Grand Dam: Caviness Jetta Junior (Fawn)
Maternal Grand Sire: Ch. Patrices Prince Smokey (Brindle)
Dam: Rocky Top Lady Eowyn Natura (Fawn)
Maternal Grand Dam: Natures Acres Adorable Katie (Fawn)
Taz was a grand-son of our Tuffy. His sire Walker was bred only once producing Taz's litter of 3 fawn males. The breeder kept the Pick male--because he was going to "show" him. I took the second pick male--so that the breeder could keep his "pick" male. The breeder sold his two puppies--he didn't keep his male as he said he was going to do. I placed Taz on a co-ownership show contract and with a payment plan.
Well, after the deposit was made, no other payments were ever made. I made multiple inquires, but always got all kind of excuses. Then one day, the wife called me--she couldn't control the dog and her husband was away at sea ( he was in the Navy). She needed someone to come and get the dog--because she couldn't control it. Taz was basically a big unruly teenager--he had never been taught to mind. His co-owners bought a house , 2 new cars, had a second baby--but didn't pay for or train their dog.
So, I went and got my dog; put him through "boot camp" and began training him to be a good canine citizen. I kept him for 6 months; and at this point,I asked them to finish paying for him. Instead they decided to "sue" me for "their" dog. At no time did they ever acknowledge they owed me over a $1200.00 balance on the dog, nor did they offer to pay me any compensation for boarding & training their dog.
It didn't take long for them to realize that the courts agreed with me--that they had never met the conditions of the sales contract, and had over a year PAST the agreement date to pay in full. Because they had chosen not to pay a legal due bill after multiple requests, the courts ruled they did not have a legal claim to the dog. You can't claim you own something if you have never paid for it. Hard words were exchanged but I stood my ground and enforced my contract.
It took months of hard work to retrain Taz. He had learned to be a "bully" and had never listened to any human. Well, living in a house of alpha women cured his hearing problems and within a few months, be became a new dog.
He finished in just a few weekends from the 12-18 month old class. I also showed him as a special and he won multiple Best of Breeds and several group placements over the next few years. He was over 35 inches at the shoulder and weighed a solid 240lbs; he was solid muscle and bone. He love people and he loved going to the dog shows. He was the first dog I ever showed who loved the ring. It was sheer pleasure to show him.
Our greatest wins was at a NEMF supported shows in Virginia where Taz went BOB over 2 national ranked dogs. Only a handful of people knew me--our win came as a big surprise to most outside the ring on the first day--and then we won on the second day. It was a wonderful weekend for us.
Taz was bred once--to my Maddie for her last and third litter. From this breeding, I got 2 females--my Vesta (Ch. Kiokee Vesta) and my Vidalia (Kiokee Vidalia). I never got a son from him, but I do have his daughters. Grand-daughter Reba has the same sparkle in her eye as Taz and the same mischievous streak. His spirit lives on.
Taz lived to be 10 years old, he laid down and left us one night. I buried him on the hill where he use to lie and watch over our home at night. Sleep well friend.
Paternal Grand-Sire: Am.Can Ch. Colton's Beaugard (Fawn)
Sire: Rocky Top's Flaming Gambit (Apricot)
Paternal Grand-Dam: Ch. Rocky Top Dark Shadow (Apricot Brindle)
Maternal Grand Sire: BISS Ch. Pinehollows Caledonia's Jackson (Fawn)
Dam: Ch. Matic Lady Madolin of Kiokee (Fawn)
Maternal Grand Dam: Ch. Pinehollows Beansi Buffamatic (Fawn)
Hercules is a littermate to our Zena and Boudi's Grand-dam, Little Ann. In all my years, I have seen very few mastiffs who have his deep, rich apricot color. Hercules was owned and loved by my daughter, Amiee. He was a great big mush cake who hated to show, but loved people and all creatures. He was happiest just lying around the backyard playing with his little dog friends. He was a true example of a "gentle giant".
We only bred Herc once, to my Tina--and Midnight is the only puppy ever bred from Hercules. He was 8 years old when she was bred. He died when Midnight was 4 months old from complications secondary to renal failure. We hope to bred a lovely apricot grand-son sometime in 2007-2008.
Thank you Hercules for teaching us it's OK to just be a dog. Slept well.
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