Archive for dogs

8 Cliché Dog Names

A gundog spends years as your go-to hunting buddy—so picking a name is no small task. If you want to be original, stay away from these common and cliché options.

February 13, 2013

Quail Unlimited Ceases Operation

Quail Unlimited (QU) has been in a great deal of financial turmoil since at least 2009, when allegations of corruption and a federal investigation permanently tarnished the group's image. Despite new leadership, QU never overcame the scandal in terms of its finances or in the court of public opinion. This week QU announced it's ceasing operations. Here's a portion of the statement released by QU president Bill E. Bowles:

February 11, 2013

Puppies Inspire Our Irrational Optimism

When a young boy hits a baseball off a tee for the first time, not even the most positive-thinking father declares him a future major leaguer. At least not without intending jest. At best, the kid showed an ounce of potential, but concluding he'll be a world-class talent? That's crazy. Yet isn't that exactly what we do when our puppies fetch a ball or dummy for the first time?

February 07, 2013

Tales From My Father: Put That Back!

It's nigh impossible to go on a hunting trip without coming back with a few yarns to spin, and another of my favorites involves my dad and his now (long retired) Golden Retriever, Chelsea.

February 01, 2013

Proposal Would Require Dogs to Wear Life Jackets

Here's a law that only a yuppie could've dreamed up: A Colorado proposal would require all dogs to wear canine life jackets in order to attend pool-equipped doggy daycare facilities.

January 07, 2013

Boone (Part 2)

Continued from Boone (Part 1)

December 24, 2012

Boone (Part 1)

It has been 20 years since Boone and I took our last walk together and I laid her to rest under a south-facing oak tree. In many ways it seems like it was just yesterday when I reached down between my feet as I sat in an old lawn chair in the breeder’s backyard and picked up a double-fist-sized bundle of orange and white fur that had chosen me to cuddle up to, away from her raucous littermates.

December 14, 2012

Animal Control Breaks Up Whitetail/Dog Odd Couple

Dogs have long been accepted as man's best friend, but they're pretty social creatures—they can get along with a lot of different species, given time. Locals in Kansas City, Mo., got a glimpse of that first hand this fall when a local stray befriended the neighborhood whitetail, according to this report from The Kansas City Star.

December 13, 2012

Iowa Wrestlers Admit to Poaching Rabbits on Campus

A couple of University of Iowa wrestlers are in the news for doing something really stupid, but hey, maybe all that sucking weight affected their ability to reason. Whatever the cause, police say Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan, both freshmen, have admitted to using at least two air rifles to shoot rabbits after dark, without hunting licenses and, most alarmingly of all, on campus.

December 03, 2012

Fight Invasive Species: Wash Your Duck Dog

Here's a photo of me doing my best, apparently, to prevent the spread of invasive species. You see, the non-profit conservation group Wildlife Forever (WF) has launched a campaign encouraging duck hunters to wash their dogs, lest our furry mutts spread invasive aquatic species such as the dreaded zebra mussel. WF also advises proper cleaning of waders, decoys and boats prior to transportation using the "clean, drain, dry" technique.

November 30, 2012

Blood-Tracking Dogs

When done properly, blood-tracking can be an extremely useful conservation tool. 30 states allow some form of it. So how do you get started? Ron Spomer explains.

October 31, 2012

Beagle Survives 70-Foot Plunge

Bridge officer Rob Bittner couldn't believe his eyes when he saw Brandi the beagle casually strolling along the Burlington Country (PA) Bridge last week.

October 04, 2012

Beagle Digests $425

And you thought your dog's training fees were expensive. In two separate incidents over the course of his life, Arnie, a 10-year-old beagle, has sniffed out and eaten a whopping $425 cash. He first struck at age 3. Owners Corey and Hope O'Kelley had left $150 sitting on a coffee table—a gift from Hope's father—and Arnie promptly swallowed it. Fortunately after a couple days, Arnie deposited $100 of his meal onto the O'Kelleys' lawn. How kind of him.

August 27, 2012

Your Dog's Worst Fear: The Cone of Shame

A few days ago, my springer, Freedom, had minor surgery. Nothing serious. He basically had a wart removed from his left front leg. And all was going just fine, that is, until the veterinarian uttered the words dreaded by both man and dog: "We've fitted your dog with a cone, which he'll need to wear for the next two weeks."

August 20, 2012

Is Your Dog Ready For the West?

The Western states offer plenty of opportunity for waterfowlers, but can a dangerous place for man's best friend. Are you and you gundog ready?

August 15, 2012