Echo Hill's Top Gun Ben: July 16, 2003 - August 16, 2013
With heavy hearts Echo Hill's Top Gun Ben MH, NA Prize 1 passed away on August 16, 2013. Born July 16, 2003 he was just a little over 10 years old. Three years ago Ben developed a stomach tumor, but continued to live a full life.
Ben was our second Shorthaired, and is the dog who inspired me to begin the hunting, guiding and kennel venture. He finished his NAVHDA Prize 1 Natural Ability at 10 months and obtained his AKC Master Hunt Title at about 2 years of age.
A very intelligent dog with a drive that was second to none, Ben's field work was a piece of art in motion. Many hunters have had the opportunity to hunt behind him and witness what an amazing dog he was. He will be greatly missed.
Ben's legacy will live on as he is the sire of one of our Dams; Echo Hill's Top Gun I Love Lucy and the grandfather to our own Echo Hill Ben's Midnight Lace. We are happy knowing that Ben is free of any pain and is hunting once again in the fields of heaven as he passes over the Rainbow Bridge.
Until we meet again "My Puppy"