Category Archives: Bird Dogs

What has it got in its pocketses?

The thing I have never found in my pocketses is the much desired One Ring with the power and sorcery to take me into the realm of great and transformative adventures – or at least grant me enough simple magic … Continue reading

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Dog dreams

Dog dreams These cool nights of early autumn unwrap dream presents, untying the ribbons of my first deep and restful sleep since midsummer’s soggy wool blanket of hot and heavy air smothered the North Country and tucked in for a … Continue reading

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Back roads

Naiveté is the headwaters of all rivers of adventure. Back roads The Nelson Place. That is where I should go, I’d been told. I do not remember his first name; maybe Duane. But as promised on the directions hurriedly written … Continue reading

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Good day in Dakota

A good day in South Dakota, November 2016. Six hunters, three dogs, 18 roosters. From left to right: Abbey, Ty, and Sam. Over the Gang members are Cy, Dennis, Fred, Ken, and Bob. Not pictured: The Old Coot. Abbey offered … Continue reading

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Bird hunting in the classic style

More than seventy-five years ago William Harnden Foster, the laureate of ruffed grouse hunting and a principal in the development of grouse dog field trials in New England, observed that trials for quail dogs had become “races,” so specialized in … Continue reading

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Canine cabin fever

In the two weeks of sub-zero weather that followed the descent of an Arctic front upon the North Country in January, the wild antics of my French spaniels Abbey and Sasha have destroyed my cherished belief in the legendary canine-human … Continue reading

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One thing’s for certain

Live everyday as if it’s your last, boys, and one day in the future when you look back, you’ll have lived ten thousand lifetimes.             – from the novel I Have Lived Today by Steven Moore (b. 1974), teacher, painter, … Continue reading

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