Monday, August 26, 2013

weekend scouting and training

First, a brief vid from a training session with Emmie this weekend. (During the flight, this is prime woodcock cover). The objectives of this training session:

  1. remain within range

  2. work ALL available cover

  3. stop to whistle

Friday, August 23, 2013

Different perspectives

A paragraph from a book stood out for me the other night and I’ve wanted to share it.

One of the quite frequent critiques of a pointing-dog man is that the spaniel seems “out of control”, that there is no time to get ready for the shot, etc…In fact, one of the first professional trainers I ever worked with, when asked what they thought about spaniels in field trials, hunt tests remarked that ‘the dogs just seem to run around! I don’t see how you can even judge what they’re doing!’

I beg to differ:

One of the delights of working a properly trained spaniel is that, just before you send him into cover, you can keep him sitting for a few seconds and you make sure that you are ready; you can keep him sitting and feel the tension of his gaze, the tension of his whole being in those eyes fixed on you unshiftingly and longing for the sign that will unleash the quivering tautness of his frame into the rapture if the hunt. There is, I suppose, something of the pleasure of power in this, but there is also something of beauty in the stillness of it all and in its frozen strength. It is like those Greek sculptures that somehow manage to capture latent energy in motionless stone. Laurence Catlow, That Strange Alchemy: Pheasants, Trout and a Middle-Aged Man

Different perspectives

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's in the air

It’s almost that time of year.  The best kind of weather is just around the corner…

I don’t know anyone else who thinks this is so, but to me the best weather-day is one where the temperature DROPS as the day goes on, a cold front sweeps down across the plains and the jet stream takes an unusual dip.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

You try so hard to love them

I'm trying, I really am; but I am having trouble finding the love for this bad-boy:

(stock photo)Ruger Red Label Upland 12GA
I've always like the RRL.  It's a clean design-no faux engraving, made in USA, mechanical triggers, etc...And the one I have is certainly a beautiful gun, even those not normally enamored with such things say so-mostly I think because it has better wood that the one pictured above.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The search continues...(and it's amazing what I can rationalize to myself)

Neither of the two available britts were ones that would work for our situation, and besides-when I started taking my family through the decision tree I was using to pick a breed I made the mistake of watching some video of spaniels work.  I was using a compare/contrast method to further educate the family-in the spaniel corner, we had Buccleuch Pepper:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Next chapters?

Quick note:

Someone asked me yesterday if I was depressed and more specifically if I had cried lately...this was not long after I told them I had put down one of my dogs a few weeks ago.

I think they were genuinely concerned. I don't discount their interest, but for the record:
If I am ever able to put down one of my dogs without getting depressed (and yes-crying) I sincerely want to be put down myself.

Truth be told-I know I having a good day when I have Johnny Nash in my head, and it's been a while since he's made a cameo; maybe this will help: