Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Trust Your Bird Dog! (Or You May Have to Eat Crow)

Once when I was out hunting with my husband and some of his friends, we were in some really thick Alder trees. You could hardly see 10 feet in front of you. The Gordon we were hunting with went on point, the bird flushed, and her owner shot, and was sure he had hit the bird. He told her"dead bird" "fetch"! Then he repeated his command. She started nosing the ground but was getting further and further away. So her owner yelled, "Here!" Dead bird! Fetch it up". Well, the Gordon had a mind of her own. She wasn't coming back. Her owner kept yelling,"Dead bird, Fetch it up!" and calling, "HERE!, HERE!" , all the while trying to explain why she might not be listening to him like she should. His temper was rising and she was gonna get it good when she come back! After about 10 or 15 minutes, here come the Gordon, grouse in her mouth, and dropped it at her owners feet. She knew exactly what she was doing, and stayed with it, until she found the dead bird. Sometimes we need to trust our dogs nose and instincts before we assume they are deliberately ignoring our commands. We all had grouse that night, except her owner. He had to eat crow!

posted by Karen Thomason on Jul 25 5:22 PM |

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