American Field

Dr. Michael L. Furcolow Has Died

By David Suitts | Apr 05, 2018
Dr. Mike Furcolow

Hudson, Colo. — Mike Furcolow, DVM, of Paonia, Colo., passed away March 14 at the age of 72 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Many of you will remember Mike and his Double Rebel dogs that he bred and raised. Starting with Tony Terrell there was Ch. Double Rebel Jack, and with the late Fred Dileo, Ch. Double Rebel Buck and Ch. Double Rebel Sonny (the sire of National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel).

Besides being great performers, these dogs contributed significantly to the Rebel bloodlines right up to today with the current National Derby Champion Miller’s Blindsider, a trial Double Rebel Jack won carrying on for the Rebel bloodlines.

Mike was quite the outdoorsman: field trialing and working dogs from the King Ranch and the Cedar Pens on the Packsaddle in western Oklahoma with Tony Terrell, to the prairies around Mobridge with Fred Dileo and his many friends. Flying his float plane in the Yukon Territories and fishing and hunting all over the western U. S.

Mike was born in Kansas City, Mo., where he grew up, attending Rockhurst High School. After graduation he attend Michigan State University where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He moved to Boulder, Colo., where he was a partner at Arapahoe Veterinary Hospital. He was a sought-after veterinarian specializing in orthopedic surgery for sporting dogs.

After his retirement from his veterinary practice, Mike moved from Boulder to the small mountain town of Paonia on the western slope of Colorado twelve years ago and slowly got out of bird dogs but took up sheep dog trialing with his Border Collies and enjoyed success in the local trials. He loved a good bird dog and enjoyed a life well lived.

He is survived by his wife Terri Daniel. He was a good friend for over forty years.

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