Cedarbrook Country Club suffered a loss this past week. It was not a member or an employee. Sadly, it was an orange and white Brittany Spaniel named Nelly. He was 10 years old and had spent his entire life going to work with my husband. Every morning between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m Nelly would be sitting right beside the driver’s side of the pickup ready to go. They were best friends, partners and soul mates. Nelly had the run of the place. He terrified Squirrels, chased geese and was king of 200 acres. He swam in the pond winter and summer, much to our dismay. The old man never bothered a green, tee or golfer. Many a day Nelly would ride with Doctor Merlo while he played. The people whose lives he touched range from Montreal, Canada to Montana and Acapulco, Mexico to Havana, Cuba.
Nelly knew to go to the back door at the clubhouse where Kay Coppersmith would keep him fed. He had better manners than most people I know, he did not beg but knew how to look pitiful. All the lady golfers and tennis ladies loved Nelly and always made a fuss over him.
We raised five litters with Nelly and his wife Mattie. His puppies are in Texas, Iowa, and New Jersey and in North Carolina which include several in Elkin and State Road. Also two of his puppies made it in “Pointing Dog Journal” in 2011.
We are grieving and know that in our hearts Nelly will never be forgotten.
Jennifer Martin Brown