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That simple question ranks as the most frequently asked question ever at Lion Country Supply. Andy Purnell has been gone a year now and I’d like to share some stories of this unique dog man who anchored our phone sales team for 10 years. His reasons for being late varied every morning but I always found them entertaining, so here are some of my favorites.
1) I slept in because we had an all-night bobcat chase into another county. It was awesome dude!

2) I had another flat tire …need new tires but can’t afford ‘em. Hint!

3) My beagle pup had her first long chase. I was too beautiful to stop.

4) I swerved to miss a bear and my dog box fell out of the truck bed and rolled down Rattlesnake Mountain. Buck, you need to sell a tie-down kit!

5) Dude, bunnies were everywhere this morning. You’re a dog man so you understand, but I’m on it now.

6) A rattlesnake bit ol’ Blue and his face swelled up like a basketball. They wanted $600 cash just for the anti-venom, so at 3:00 am I had to go get cash.

7) Some low life stole my coon dog! I knew they had him cause my GPS said he was doing 45mph across Penns Valley Road. Blue is fast but not that fast. I finally caught up with them at Red Oak Tavern. Their truck door was locked with Blue inside. I wrapped my chain tree tie lead around my fist and smashed the truck window and got my Blue out. Then went inside and offered to smash the guy who stole him and asked if he had any objections to his window.

This was as mad as I ever heard Andy get. But he didn’t cuss telling it and he didn’t woop the guy either. With the one year anniversary of his passing coming up on January 3rd, I still miss him terribly. I bet there’s some good hunting up there Andy, and you probably come into work whenever you want just like down here. I’m sure God is a dog man too.

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your old boss,

~Buck

Let us know if you have a good story about Andy?


11 comments to “Where’s Andy”

  1. Bob Ford

    Ha!! I was hunting with Andy many mornings during screaming rabbit chases and asked if he was going to be late. “Dude, I work at the premiere supplier for hunting dogs. We are killing this rabbit before we leave.” Buck, I got off the path and into the brush to get the bunny or he may have been later. He would stand in an opening and listen to hound song.

  2. Steve Purnell

    There are too many times to recount because every time I asked him what time he had to go to work, he would always reply with “9:30ish”, “10:00 or so”, “give or take 9:00″, stuff like that. I never knew what time he ever had to be there! Thanks for the memories Buck!! I remember all the ones you put down and then some!! I sure do miss that man too!! He was the first person I would call with any hunting question or just to let him know “I got one”. This year has been WAY different!! Thanks again!!

  3. Dan Carr

    I routinely talked to Andy mornings while he was hunting or running dogs. I would ask what time he had to work? The answer I always got was “Dude I work for a dog supply company”, then sometimes he would add “running dogs is an acceptable excuse for being late”.

  4. Marilyn Brown

    My favorite Andy story: he arrived (slightly late) to work one day and said he had stopped to ‘rescue’ a HUGE (he made a big circle with his arms)snapping turtle from the roadside and stuck it in the back of his pick-up for turtle soup later. He said it was at least 2 feet wide. At lunch time he went out to his truck to check on his snapper and came back exclaiming that it was gone! Poof! disappeared! well, was there really a giant snapper in his truck? or did a wiley snapper find it’s way out and into the nearby swamp? We still joke about that turtle nipping our ankles at bird dog days. Miss ya AP!

  5. Amy Bravis

    Andy came to work one morning in a tizzy saying he had lost his wedding ring and had noticed it missing after going deer hunting. He had killed a deer the day before and I said, “Andy, it must be in the guts. You gotta go through the guts.” Next day he came to work with his ring back on his finger. “Amy, you were right.”

  6. Cody Mathis

    The first time meeting Andy to run dogs together he was about half hour late I thought those dude isn’t gonna show up, he finally showed up and quickly became one of my best friends. I told him if I’m ever half hour late call somebody cuz something happened to me- Andy chuckled and just said if I’m half hour late just wait longer I’ll be there

  7. Mike Leaman

    Last couple times we hunted I told him to be there at 830 when I actually didn’t plan on being there till 845 or so. Only had to wait for him for 5-10 minutes that way. Really miss the Rabbit Commander.

  8. Dave Sharer

    miss you Andy…. Merry Christmas

  9. Jack Sankey

    To My Friend, Andy
    After almost a year, I still have not rationalized the fact that you are no longer here with us at LCS. You have gone to far-better Beagle running and hunting grounds. All that I know about LCS products, especially Garmin, I learned from you and your patient teaching style. I sure miss chatting with you about anything and everything–especially “what’s good for lunch today?”. I will always miss the many laughs we had, telling tall hunting tales and the pleasure of a good and pleasant man working right beside me. My wish is that all of your loved ones have found some peace.

  10. Stan Breon

    Sure do miss your sense of humor.I never met a man with more love of running hounds than you my friend. Great running to you DUDE!

  11. John Purnell

    I miss you every single day, Little Brother. Thanks Buck for the fantastic stories. Andy sure was the consummate houndsman. He got the love of dogs honestly from a couple of generations of “Beaglers”. And I take pride in knowing he passed it on. He is, and always will be sorely missed.


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