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Why You Do What You Do
Posted on 12/19/2013 in Coonhound Bloodlines Editor's Comments.

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Why You Do What You Do
Vicki Rand

Owner Cody Davis, of Hicksville, Ohio, center, with handler Mark Maginn, left, and co-owner, Burchel Davis, Jr., and NITE CH ‘PR’ Davis’ Rosedale Phlare (GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Akers Little Joe x ‘PR’ Bodenburg’s Phlying Dog) where she won first place Registered on August 9 at the Williams County CHA nite hunt.

I received a call from a Mr. George Steffes of Edgerton, Ohio, who wanted to share an inspirational story with our readers. It seems that a young man, Cody Davis, who is a third-generation coon hunter, graduated from high school in 2010. A few months later, in August, he was in an accident on his way to work and was seriously injured. Friends, family and fellow hunters stayed by his side and sent many prayers his way as he remained in a coma for almost two years.

Eventually, he regained consciousness and is now on the road to recovery, his energy fueled by the sport he loves so much. Currently, Cody is in a wheelchair, and is unable to speak, but communicates via a thumbs-up for yes and a thumbs-down for no. That hasn’t stopped him from going to the nite hunts, and on pleasure hunts so he can listen to the hounds running in the timber, however.

Aided by Mark Maginn, who handles for him, and his father, Burchel, Cody entered his four-year-old Walker female, ‘PR’ Davis’s Rosedale Phlare, in several nite hunts, and she finished to Nite Champion with three first place wins. The photo shows her win on August 9 at the Williams County CHA hunt. It may not have been a large hunt, with only 10 entries, but she did place first in Registered with a respectable 425+, but you can tell by the look on Cody’s face that wasn’t what mattered. Though he had to be supported by his father for this photo, his family and friends were thankful for his progress.

Cody, your friends from the Williams County CHA in Montpelier, Ohio, and the DeKalb County CHC in Hamilton, Indiana, wish you the best of luck in the future and will be by your side as you recover.

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of COONHOUND BLOODLINES.