J Cross' CowPoke
Sire: J Cross' Rowdy
Dam: J Cross' MeeTwo
Silver w/ Tan Trim
Eyes: R – yellow, L – yellow
July 6, 2015 - January 20, 2020
"A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play,
And they have their deep secrets for many a day;
And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels."
- A boy and His Dog (Edgar Guest)
Poke was the grandson of Cross Check's CowPuncher, and you could certainly tell. He was built small, but very correct with excellent chest capacity and the bone and muscling to ensure extreme stamina. He was very balanced, with good back length and leg to match. Poke had a steady circle on cattle as they were settling, and was a head dog when driving. He had a medium to hot nose, and medium range. He had a tremendous voice on tree, or on cattle. Poke had a few points in conformation, b-bay and cow dog.
From the day we brought Poke home, he attached himself to our son, Colton. They made quite the team, and were just starting out on their journey together in the trial pen. Colton showed his first team of Poke and Cross Check's FreighTrain in April of 2019, and for their first pairing and a green little handler, they did so well. We are all heartbroken at the sudden and unexplained loss of a neat young dog, but none of us as much as Colton. In his own words, "he was my first good dog". You will be missed Poke.
Unfortunately Poke suffered from a condition known as Dilute Colour Alopecia and as such was never bred.
Poke had 4 cow dog champion points, 13 champion points in b-bay, and 7 points in conformation with the NALC.