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2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

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The dog who saved my life ...

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  • DeusDingo
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1156
    • Madison, WI
    • Weber Q320 grill
      Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 Propane Smoker
      Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

    what a fortunate way to go. my sympathies for you and yours.


    • EdF
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3228
      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
        Karubeque C-60
        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
        Thermapen Air
        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
        Various other stuff

      Again, thanks all!

      LA Pork Butt,

      It went like this. Gretta was always afraid of people, especially tall men. A buddy of mine from high school came to visit, and boldly stepped into her space, and she got very excited. So I went in close, and tried to calm her by rubbing her chest. She nipped me, and it broke the skin. As soon as she did it, you could tell she knew it was wrong.

      So, I called the Doc to see whether I needed to do anything. He asks when was my last tetanus shot. I couldn't remember, but knew it was more than 10 years. C'mon in he says.

      Once he had me there, he says it's been a while, so let's do a physical too, and lab tests, including a PSA test.

      Results come back, and they're high. Off to the urologist, the biopsy, and eventually surgery and radiation. Given its stage, I wouldn't have made it another 18 months. He got the surgery done in the nick of time.

      So, as far as I'm concerned, that dog saved my life, and she got plenty of steak and other goodies for it. And the cancer has been in remission for 11 years now.


      • Troutman
        Troutman commented
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        Excellent saga my friend...makes this all the more special

      • fuzzydaddy
        fuzzydaddy commented
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        Thanks for sharing your special story. Very touching. Sorry for your loss.
    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 3489
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      EdF I'm glad you and Gretta had a good life together and it ended the best way possible. And though we know it is inevitable, it is always sad and they are missed. I hope soon you find another to bring the joy that only a dog can.

      I know it's morning, but I just got off work. I'm going to open a couple of ales and invite you to join me and my dogs. However, if you aren't here in thirty minutes I'll be forced to drink yours as, well, we wouldn't want it to get warm and go flat.....


      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        We have three more now. ;-)

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        I can do "remote" ale! Dale's Pale, in this case! Thanks!
    • Elton's BBQ
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 2594
      • Saltnes Norway
      • Genesis 320 Limited
        Weber One Touch 57cm
        Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

      Sad to hear that your dog has passed away.
      Condolences from Norway EdF


      • MeatMonster
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 655
        • Ellon, Aberdeenshire
        • I love beer, BBQ and rugby, just don't make me choose between them!

          GMG Jim Bowie
          ProQ Elite Smoker
          Boomerang 3 Ring Burner
          Fast Eddy Cookshack 120
          Fast Eddy Cookshack 240

        If she loved her steak! then her spirits always in the smoke brother.


        • Spinaker
          • Nov 2014
          • 10963
          • Land of Tonka
          • John "J R"
            Instagram: JRBowlsby
            Smokin' Hound Que
            Minnesota/ United States of America

            Dexter (Beagle mix)
            Kinnick (American Foxhound)

            Big Green Egg (Large) X3
            Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

            Karubeque C-60
            Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
            Lodge L410 Hibachi
            Pit Barrel Cooker
            Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
            R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

            Weber Spirit Gasser
            FireBoard (Base Package)
            Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
            Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

            Big Green Egg Plate Setter
            Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
            Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

            Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
            Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

            Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
            Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
            Eggspander Kit X2
            Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

            Finex Cat Iron Line
            FireBoard Drive
            Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
            Grill Grates
            Joule Water Circulator
            KBQ Fire Grate

            Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
            Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
            Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
            Large Vortex
            Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
            Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
            Smithey No. 12
            Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
            Stargazer No.10, 12
            Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
            Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
            FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
            Kingsford Blue and White
            Rockwood Lump Charcoal
            Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

            Buck 119 Special
            Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

            Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
            Next Major Purchase
            Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

          Sorry for your loss, Ed. These things are never easy. I know she had a great life with you and the fact that she saved your life is a testament to how close your bond was. There is nothing like the bond between a canine and humankind.


          • Troutman
            Troutman commented
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            It's the best deal man has ever made....ever.....

          • Spinaker
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        • Huskee
          • May 2014
          • 15434
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

            Smokers / Grills
            • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
            • PBC
            • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
            • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
            • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
            • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
            • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
            • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
            • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

            • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
            • (7) Maverick ET-732s
            • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
            • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
            • Thermapen MkII, orange
            • ThermoPop, yellow
            • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
            • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
            • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
            • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

            • Instant Pot 6qt
            • Anova Bluetooth SV
            • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
            • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
            • BBQ Dragon
            • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
            • Weber grill topper
            • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
            • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
            • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

            • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
            • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
            • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
            • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
            • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
            • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
            • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

            About me
            Real name: Aaron
            Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

            • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

          Sorry Ed. Glad you have your friends here, I know it's therapeutic at times like this.


          • djl
            Charter Member
            • Sep 2014
            • 119
            • Western NY
            • WSM 22.5
              Weber 22.5 Kettle (2)
              Slow n Sear
              Smokenator 1000
              Cajun Bandit Rotisserie
              Weber Genesis Silver B
              Maverick ET-732 Maverick ET-732

            Very sorry for your loss.


            • Fire Art
              Club Member
              • Jan 2018
              • 988
              • Jackson hole Wyoming

              There dogs and then there are Dogs I had a lab that was on shore when i capsized the canoe he swam out and help keep me calm and we swam back to shore he then swam out and retrieved all my stuff


              • Powersmoke_80
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 885
                • Bay City, Michigan
                • Vintage Brinkmann Longhorn Offset Stick burner (newest addition)
                  Weber 22 w/SnS
                  Brinkmann Pellet Grill W/ Ortech TR-100
                  Vermont Castings, gas
                  Masterbuilt smoker, gas
                  Future build, 80 gallon tank hybrid, pellet/stick burner
                  iGrill black, dual probe thermometer
                  Thermapen instant read
                  Polder,Speed Read instant thermometer
                  Favorite Beer, Yeungling Black&Tan

                Ed so sorry for your lose, I'm sure she will smell the smoke every time you fire up the pit with tail waggin, smoke on brother!


                • FireMan
                  Charter Member
                  • Jul 2015
                  • 8312
                  • Bottom of Winnebago

                  She was a best friend, good for you, good for her.


                  • Troutman
                    Club Member
                    • Aug 2017
                    • 7834
                    • 1521

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                    I've had a lot of different dogs in my life but the ones that were my favorites were always my labs. The story above reminds my of my last one, his name was Ivan. Ivan was a stray that I picked up and he immediately befriended me and my college room mate. We took him everywhere and he was fully trusted to just hang around if he wasn't invited into someone's home or whatever. Dog was like glue. Anyway we go to this new apartment complex to go party or do something and we leave Ivan in the truck bed to just hang out. Well after a couple of hours we leave and no Ivan. I mean I start to panic and spent the next couple of hours combing the neighborhood and asking anyone I saw if they saw this black lab. No go. Called the animal shelter the next day, no go. No Ivan, bye-bye buddy, heart broken.

                    OK long story short, 6 months go by. We for whatever reason go back to that same apartment complex to visit those same people. We go in for a couple of hours and come out and who do you think is in the bed of the pickup? Ivan !!! It's true, I swear, it was like time stood still and it never happened. You talk about an excited dog and excited people. We were all dancing the hoocie coocie that night !!!


                    • Skip
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 3745
                      • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                      • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                      My sympathy Ed! What a great story you've shared. Good luck to you.


                      • Jkahnert
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2016
                        • 25

                        I am truly sorry for your loss. I am too familiar with the loss of a furry, four legged family member.


                        • Willy
                          Charter Member
                          • Apr 2015
                          • 1928
                          • High Desert of the Great Southwest

                          I'm so sorry, Ed. We have a wonderful border collie and I almost hope she outlives me. It's tough to imagine life without her.


                          • EdF
                            EdF commented
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                            Yeah, but deep down we know better, and I know better for the three we still have(and the two cats). Gotta treasure them and give them a good life while they're around. It's all a matter of respect.



                        2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                        We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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