In loving memory of Piney Wood ARF "Jessiebelle" 9-5-98-10-8-09& all of my babies that await me.
My surragate mother-& MAMA DOG,She waits for me at the Rainbow bridge-The LAST OF the REAL ARF Catahoulas-I bred them for 25 years,I Lived in FL & LA at one point 30 yrs,FL- thank you to Judith Tozzi of Davie, FL & Al Stoghill-Walker-ARF original registrar of ARF & Tom Stoghill Walker-for making me a part of the greatest breed on earth, that is no longer-Taken over by NALC which got their stock from ARF and now the new ACA-are no longer Origianl Cathoulas. My Pineywoods bloodlines were as pure as they got-farmers almananac and others listed my huge litters,and people came from 700 miles away to see & buy my beautiful dogs-I had a Rabbi-who's dog was dying of cancer,a catahoula curr mix, whom when I told him I had one merle bitch, he flew in with his dying dog & cat, whom he brought with him-he saw the pictures and was in love-it helped him let his old dog pass, and he cried in greatfulness-to be able to have all 3 of his babies together before hisdog passed & sent me pics of them laying together on a beanbag, one of that litter went to a handicaped child-the only other one in my Jessiebelle's littermates that were registered -The last of the STOCK- I had to pull my dog out 4th with a broken sac of another & her & mom weren't doing well, hypocalcemia shock and a unusually small litter for Nala.The Sire of my Girl was Simba he was a big huge brindle & Nala,Fawn Greasespot red which was my bloodline preference. I tried to breed reds only-I got others but mostly red grease spot over fawns. I has Her Granmother PineywoodsMagnolia Blue and her father Red Skies,Judith Tozzi Stock, And their Granparents-and theirs too. Nala had 35 pups in 3 litters 16-13-6.(her mother)I had them all-I was truly blessed for Jessie-belle and the ARF & AL STOGHILL WALKER and all he did for me. I am Disabled, and she was part service, protection & family member. My Girl-She laid down her life for me four times-even took a bullit, a 2 x 4 and several beatings for me, and her father also took a bullet, via a drunk neighbor and he was harmless.Jessie and never hesitated to defend me & family, she slept with me, loved me unconditionally, and understood my pain-She never whimpered, until her final moment,it tore my heart out what the vet had done to her. I miss her every day-And soon I shall join her and all of my 4 legged babies & my horses & ponies at the Bridge-And then I will have peace once again, so we can be whole again, all of us, forever young, in no pain, together-I pray for GOD's Mercy to make my trip a short one, as I would rather not be, then without my Loves. Thank You to My first unregistered Sandy for the intoduction to the breed-that led to a lifetime of LOVE, and MANY PUPPIES- I never looked back after a CATAHOUA from ARF. I have 3 of the original dogs remains, and I have all the rest of my babies in urns also-Jessiebelle rests on my dresser, next to my bed, and even in my sickness, she never left my side, nor did I leave her-I have lost 2 human children, one is lost to me forever,grown, and the other may also be, I should never have left from the south. I was a good mother-My love for my animal children is equal to any other LOVE or child.Jessiebelle was my family, she was never bred, she was my MAMA, she took over when she realized I had nobody else left-I had to bring her back from death at birth, and her Dam, and she was glued to me from the start. There is nothing like puppy kisses, especially when her litter almost never happened, she never nursed,I bottle fed her, and she could not stand to be with anyone or her littermates or her mother, only me- I had to pull a still born from her mother to get the remaining pups out, she almost didn't make it after 2 days of her Mom's labor, I resusitated her-that was it-then 2 more came on Nala's final small litter of 6- she had 16 then 13 then Jessie's litter of 6 when she was older, she even babysitted Jessie's Aussie litter pups, not planned, which I homed all, and Jessie would not nurse them-her mother did-But she nurse-maided me-for 11 years I made the ULTIMATE SACRIFIE FOR SHE DID THE SAME FOR ME-and I have no regrets about the sacrifice, I would do it again. I have no quality of life or safety without her, except when I fall of to sleep and dream/ Even with this little mutt of my son's since she is gone tries to crawl up with me, and I pretend it is her I am holding in my chest and stomach close to my body & heart-he means well-but he can't replace a bond with my Jessie.CATAHOULAS are just that way-they require an intense bond-that bond never ends in life or in the after life-when I go they will all be with me-but she will be in one arms. Our secrets will be gone forever-but not our memories- and we will once live again. HJ-Farrow-Hubbard-Gray