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Andrew Skog

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Andrew
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Dogs are not our whole lives, but dogs make our lives whole.  by Roger Caras

Andrew 2012
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trout fly fishing

Andrew attempting an escape
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Andrew in his first home meet @ UW-Platteville
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The mask protects the broken nose

75th Career win over Mineral Point
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This is our son Andrew.  Andrew is a 2007 graduate from Darlington High School. He graduated with a GPA of 4.0.  His greatest passion is wrestling.  He had a successful High School career with over 75 career wins and a 5th place medal at the state wrestling finals. He finished his third year in the wrestling program at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He had 4 surgeries in 3 years during his college career. He has been coaching wrestling at his old high school. He is pictured at some of his high school wins and and  at his first home meet at UWP. Andrew majored in Environmental Engineering, and he  had a 3.97 GPA.
 
Andrew has always been a big help with the dogs, both with socialization and some of the labor involved in our home operation.  He traveled extensively when we were showing the dogs ourselves. He was always good to hold a head just before ring time.
 
Andrew has recently met the opponent of his life. He has been diagnosed with cancer of the spine. Andrew  had surgery in August 2010. Andrew has finished 6 weeks of radiation treatments to his brain and spinal cord at the University of Wisconsin Hospital

Andrew works full time as an environmental specialist for  Sauk county. He has become as avid fisherman. He spends most of his free time fishing with Shawna. He is the proud owner of a black cat brought home from my Dad's body shop, her name is Pilgrim.

Andrew just finished his last semester at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He graduated in May 2012 with the highest GPA in his college, even though he spent the last 2 semesters having radiation treatments.  He is the strongest person I know.
 We are happy to announce that Andrew and Shawna will soon be married.  We are so happy to call her one of our own.  

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state quarter finals

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Monroe tournament championship match

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Regionals competition

Andrew and girlfriend Shawna at graduation
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         Think positive
If you think you are beaten, you are.  If you think you dare not, you don't .  Success begins with your own will.  Its all a state of mind.  Life's battles are not always won by those who are stronger and faster.  Sooner or later, the person who wins is the person who thinks they can.   Author unknown
 
 
 (Portraits by Mike Farningham, of Farningham Photography  Shullsburg, WI)