I was absolutely stunned when Labber informed me of this yesterday.
Phil was so very passionate about the things he loved .... his family, the outdoors and hunting & fishing. His newest love was dog training and you could tell by the time and effort he put into working with Gauge. Phil shared many photos and videos of Gauge and their training sessions, but I think one of our favorites was this one -
With all the time he and Gauge spent training, they entered their first ever hunt test, both for Gauge and Phil on the July 1st weekend 2013. Gauge was 16 months old and they went 3 for 3 tests that weekend to earn Gauge's CKC Junior Hunter title.
Both Phil's kids were involved not only in helping to train Gauge, but also were very keen to go out with them hunting. I have heard that Phil's buddies are going to ensure that the kids continue to get out hunting with Gauge.
We are going to miss his calls and e-mail updates. Rest in peace my friend ......