We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader sent me this pic. Trust me: these dogs are trained. Which reminds me - we need a series on dog training, hunting and regular obedience. It's an important topic, and only the rich farm it out to experts. I have trained my own. For regular obedience, they have been quite good but for hunting they have been a little "difficult." They like the birds too much and behave like children when there is too much game around. My fault.
If you feed a dog, he'll love you. Any dog will snuggle. The training is the deeper connection in which you learn to think like him, and hopefully mostly vice-versa. His work is to anticipate your wishes just as our work is to anticipate our bosses' wishes (but at Maggie's, we try to avoid having bosses other than God).
Any dog can be trained to the whistle and to hand signals. Any human can learn God's hand signals.
I've not had a "Bird Dog" since about 1979. I've relocated to the South, and the Quail have succumbed to the Fire Ants. There are no birds, other than Ducks or Doves, and one doesn't need a Dog for them.
Not that I don't still have Dogs. But I went to Shutzhunds. My current dog is a Boxer...(Well mostly. There's a Pit in her paternal ancestry, which is why she was given to me free!)
I suspect she'd retrieve. We spend the best part of an hour a day out in the back yard playing fetch. She'd rather chase a tennis ball than eat!
I suspect that if I started dropping doves on her, she'd bring them back, just like she does a Wilson Titanium. But she's a homebody, and doesn't like leaving her house or yard. So why would I inflict it on her at the middle of her life?
I love Labs and Springers, but for a pure buddy? Staffordshire Terriers or Boxers are far more devoted. They are harder on the local feline population, and anything else that chooses to trespass on their back yard, but so it goes.
You haven't lived until you have flopped back in your recliner and had a 65 pound "Lap Dog" climb up there with you.
I usually let her come up. She's my best friend. And she intimidates the dog flop out of the neighbors, even from inside her fence.
I'm driving 19 hours both ways to pick up my new Deutsch Kurzhaar in about two weeks and bring her down to Florida.
I find Richard Wolters still mostly works for me with additions from the Green Book -training wise.
There are still a few quail down here and enough snipe, ducks and Rabbit to keep the two of us busy along with the anxiety of dodging water moccasins and boar - we will find enough to keep us occupied.
I'm looking forward to training a new dog as my springer is just to old to jump in the truck anymore and the beagles, they are well.... beagles.
This was taken on my jaunt to College of Charleston last week to visit my daughter...
Yes they are trained.. and I too believe Wolters is a great resource.. though the yellow is a bit ADD which makes him a great candidate for this blog !
These troublemakers were trained up in Pawling... The black was a rescue and believe me when I say a stubborn little old girl whom I can say has done a great job... the yellow.. well.. a bag of hammers comes to mind..
On a contrary note: if dogs are loose in a car, that is if they can be touched by someone outside of the car or truck, the owner should be nearby.
Yes, parents should keep children at a distance from dogs in vehicles and adults should leave them alone. All true. But kids will bolt from their parents, some people are stupid, and a parking lot can be crowded so that people must pass close to the dogs. A dog may seem very friendly and tempting for a pat on the head. Through no fault of the dogs, an ugly incident can happen -- and the dogs will bear the brunt of it.
I have the same issue when people secure a dog on a leash outside a store.
Much like around some northern lakes, you might find that around the College of Charleston all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, all the children are above average and the dogs don't bite.