My Dog Rev
His full name is Reverend Zaxby Cade! He came into my life in September 2008. His first name, Reverend, relates to me because I am a pastor, Rev. Jeff Eaton. I added his second name Zaxby because it is my favorite "chicken" restaurant! I finished his name with Cade because Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains is one of my favorite places on the planet! He is Reverend Zaxby Cade, affectionately known as "Rev."
Rev is trained by Jimmy Rodgers of Mallard Run Kennels in Campbellsville, Ky. Rev has earned his UKC Hunting Retriever Champion title with Jimmy being his handler. He has also earned his AKC Master Hunter title. Rev came to me through Lab-a-duc kennels in Tennessee and this kennel is owned by Tim Cleeney.
Rev hunts with me, hangs out in my office, and has his special spot in my truck. We partner in hunting dove, waterfowl, and pheasants! He is the inspiration for the name of this ministry. Together we create RevOutdoors!
In the midst of this RevOutdoors story, there is an update. Rev, the dog, is still a part of my life and ministry, but he is no longer mine. Jimmy Rodgers, his trainer and handler, is now his owner. Together, they are going to new heights in the hunt test and hunting world. Rev was created to live and thrive in that world!
I still get to hunt Rev during waterfowl season, and remain close to him and his achievements. He has a special place in my heart. He will, forever, be an inspiration to my outdoor ministry, and part of this ministry's namesake.
I am adding this as an update on ole Rev. It saddens me to let you know that Rev was killed in an unfortunate accident. It happened on August 5, 2015. It was a sad day for me, and it still hurts. There are so many great memories of our time together.
Rev was a once in a lifetime dog for me. It is my estimation from my records, and the records of others, that ole Rev had over 7,000 hunting retrieves in his 7 years of hunting. Some of those retrieves are still a part of our duck blind discussions!
Ole Rev has taught me a lot about hunting, training, patience, and myself. I miss him dearly. But now I am training a new pup. She is a British Lab, named Solo, and she will be having her own page soon!