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Old 12-27-2018, 08:03 PM
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Default The story on these fiest dogs

Back in the mid 70s, my uncle Luke had a sho nuff squirrel dog. ole Joe. He was a red and white dog that people in SE ga called a fiest. Small stature, long legged, athletic little dogs who would tree game and bay a hog. Uncle Luke and Aunt Neddie were in a bad accident around 1978 and my uncle was killed. Remember it well although I was only 4 or 5. He had an orange-white-orange custom deluxe Chevrolet and it was t boned by a log truck who ran a stop sign down around Cochran Ga. My dad agreed to take care of Joe while my aunt recovered from partial paralysis. So we had ole Joe the fiest for a little while until we found him a home. I remember he was gritty and a tad bit mean. Not exactly a family pet. Just so happens my dad's cousin, George Cauley, had a little gyp from the pound that would tree a squirrel. George came up and picked up Joe (who was old and past his prime) and let him pour the coals to his little female. That's the start of how this line of treeing fiests was started. My "uncle" George is a founding member of the American Treeing Fiest Association. My family has hunted this line of dogs for generations. I have older than me uncles and cousins hunting them as well as younger than me cousins. They have been both pleasure dogs and competition dogs. And in squirrel hunting circles, people know these dogs and most are pretty fond of them. Lots of them bred from the Cauley line all around the country treeing squirrels, coons, cats, possums,and whatever else climbs a tree. Anyway.....just thought I'd type this up while its fresh in my mind.
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Old 12-27-2018, 08:37 PM
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Nice write up on the background. Sounds like a hell of a blood line
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:42 PM
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awesome story!
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