Archive for dogs

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

Labrador Retriever Saves Drowning Toddler

Patricia Drauch entered her garage assuming that, as always, her 14-month old son, Stanley, was close behind.

July 02, 2012

Dead Dog Receives Voter Registration Forms

Plus how the author's dog would vote in the 2012 presidential election.

June 20, 2012

Do You Take Your Bird Dog to Work?

Our friend Anthony Hauck, online editor for Pheasants Forever, has some great reasons why you should take your bird dog to work with you:

May 04, 2012

German Shorthair Points Family's Missing Cockatiel

Debbie Zuidema and her daughter Karri were getting ready for work when Karri's ride pulled up. Debbie went out to let the ride know that her daughter would be just a few minutes—but as she opened the door, the family's beloved pet cockatiel, Zoey, zoomed outside. Zoey landed on a nearby bush, then a house, then a rain gutter and then she was gone.

May 03, 2012

AKC: 2011 Was "Year of the Setter"

The American Kennel Club (AKC) releasted its annual list of most popular breeds. There's no news regarding the top dog—the Lab reigns supreme for the 21st straight year—but check out this list of setters on the move:

March 05, 2012

NPS Ranger Tases Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

I've been known to flout a leash law or two (just ask my dog), but after reading this story I might just fall into line.

February 01, 2012

What Your Gun Dog Says About You: Part II

Here are five more breeds that tell the world what kind of hunter, and person, you really are

September 19, 2011

Meet a Dog with World-Record Ears

As a Denver Post writer quipped, here's a dog that's "all ears." In fact, owner Jennifer Wert of Boulder, Colo., says Harbor, an 8-year-old black and tan coonhound, had to grow into them.

September 12, 2011