It's easy to miss--a bronze statue of a black and tan hound on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn in Warrensburg, Mo. But the dog, called Old Drum, has a legacy that will last longer than that statue of metal and stone. The death of Old Drum, you see, inspired a typically loquacious lawyer to deliver one of the finest speeches ever about the loyalty of a hunting dog, and in doing so coined the phrase "man's best friend."
Merwyn Haselden Smith died on December 5, 2015, at the age of eighty. I did not know Merwyn, but her granddaughter Elizabeth Hutchison is an assistant editor at Garden & Gun. And as happens in small offices over long days and sometimes long evenings, your colleagues' families begin to feel a bit like your own.