Satchmo Pitcher











May1, 2008- September 6, 2021

Satchmo’s surviving family includes his mother Joy and little dog sister, Phoebe.  He was preceded to the Rainbow Bridge by Issie and Nemo. 

Satchmo had a rough start in life.  He and his sisters were surrendered to a shelter in Abingdon, VA at 8 weeks of age.   They were rescued from euthanasia by a local rescue and his future mom fostered them for a couple of weeks.   A few days into the foster, Satchmo became very ill with Corona or Parvo and then a skin infection and his chance of survival was small.   He proved to have great grit and after he survived it was decided that such a fighter deserved a good home and he was adopted.  To be honest though, he and his foster mom bonded right at the start and she said to her mom “Oh mom, this puppy is special and is going to do extraordinary things”.   

Satchmo loved to swim.  He was an amazing dock diver with a beautiful diving form, and then once in the water he would swim and evade capture to keep swimming.    He earned invites to North American Diving Dogs 7 years in a row and placed in the top ten the 4 times he attended.   He also earned invites to Dockdog World Championships 4 times and attended one time coming in 4th place in his division.    He earned numerous titles in both venues and participated in multiple disciplines.  He especially loved Air Retrieve, and even at age 13 still competed at the Junior level; and at the time of his passing held the #1 spot in the rankings of Veteran dogs (aged 8 and up) and was the only 13 year old dog competing in Air Retrieve. 

He was an all-around athlete and achieved two Grand Championships in UKC agility; his Open preferred jumpers title and excellent standard preferred titles AKC agility and some titles in CPE agility.  He was also invited to the UKC Premier for agility.    He was a beautiful and accurate rally dog and achieved his rally excellent title.   He loved to compete in Barn Hunt and just shy of his 13th birthday he earned his senior title.   He discovered FASTCat at the age of 10 and earned his DCAT at the age of 12.  On his13th birthday, he earned his Coursing Ability title in lure coursing.   He also earned his Canine Good Citizen title from the AKC and his novice and intermediate trick titles.   

All of these accomplishments were difficult for him as he was fearful of dogs, but with care and trust of his mom he made great strides in handling the dog-filled events of the sports he loved.   Before each agility run, he would get a kiss on the head and be reminded that his mom always has his back and protects him.   

Satchmo loved his momma and loved all people he ever came into contact with.  While intense while competing, off the course/dock he was relaxed and goofy with people and loved to flop over and have his belly rubbed. 

Satchmo was an intense, often obsessed, sweet, affectionate, smart, and sensitive dog who was well loved by his many friends.   He will be missed dearly and was a once in a lifetime dog.