Last night I got a message from Cj's son James telling the sad news that Clement "Cj" Walton passed away last Monday.
Reading it paralysed me with tears in my eyes behind the computer for a long while.
It is needless to say how significant he and his knowledge about dogs has been to us on this list. Hence there is no doubt that I will write something about him and his important part in the creation and maintenance of this long-lasting gundog discussion list, for our website. I'll do it "when I feel that the time is right", maybe tomorrow, maybe later this spring.
To Maud and me there is now only an elderly woman in Sweden who has the same combination of knowledge and humble attitude to dogs that Cj had. When she passes away all the "old-timers" in dog knowledge that we know of have gone.
We got a rescue Irish setter bitch yesterday. It is from pure working lines and one year old. Its owners, with a long life together with working birddogs behind them, became too old to train it for the field. If this bitch fits into our house we will keep it. The best way for us to honour Cj is to train the bitch in his spirit!
Borta Med Vindens Kennel
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you; that is the principal difference
between a dog and a man. Mark Twain"