Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Eight Commandments

O Bird Dog, companion and partner of man, when thou heareth the voice or whistle of thy master thou shalt listen and obey The Eight Commandments. The Eight Commandments Rick Smith, a professional trainer that I regard as one of … Continue reading

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Punker Spaniels

My dog clipping is, admittedly, a bit uneven. Perhaps ragged. Okay – scruffy. When I plied my trimming skills on six generations of English springers, my younger daughter used to call the look “Punker Spaniel.” Punker Spaniels Each May and … Continue reading

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Hiraeth

Hiraeth (n.) (Pronunciation: heer-ath) – A Welsh word that has no direct English translation; implies a longing or homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed, a yearning or nostalgia for a place or a home to … Continue reading

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Zapping Pete

Everybody loved Pete, but he was not what you would call a reliable teammate. Sometimes he would win games for you with amazingly brilliant performances, and sometimes he would lose games for you with amazingly stupid performances. Zapping Pete Pistol … Continue reading

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Badgering

The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If … Continue reading

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Bells and Whistles

I like them all – pointers, setters, retrievers, spaniels – what have you. I’ve had good ones and bad of several kinds. Most of the bad ones were my fault and most of the good ones would have been good … Continue reading

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