Sissy was a coon dog, perhaps Fessie's all-time favorite dog. She was a blue tick hound with some Walker hound mixed in. A hound dog for sure. Fessie was once offered $500 for the dog, but he refused to take it. And this was in the early '50s! Sissy's reputation was widespread - everyone knew about Sissy and what an amazing coon dog she was. Dr. Pegram came from Tupelo for coon hunts with Fessie and Sissy in Peaceful Valley. In fact, just about every weekend, a crowd of folks showed up for a coon hunt.
Sissy's reputation grew when she won the annual "coon on a log" competition one summer at the Sportman's Club in Fulton. She won it again, and again. That's when the $500 offer came to Fessie, and he turned it down. Within a month, Sissy was stolen. Fessie never saw her again.