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  • April 28, 2010

    The F&S Gun Dog of the Month

    By David DiBenedetto

    For over a year now I’ve been writing about my pup, Pritchard, in this blog. And, frankly, I’m ready to hear about your gun dogs. So I’m instituting the F&S Gun Dog of the Month series. Here’s how it will work.

    First you’ll need to email me the answers to the below questions along with a picture of your dog. Then once a month (maybe twice a month) I’ll choose a dog from the batch and post your photo and answers on fieldandstream.com. That’s all it takes to get your gun dog the fame it deserves.
     

  • April 27, 2010

    Dog Joke Contest: And the Winner Is…

    By David DiBenedetto

    Herewith the long-awaited results of the dog joke contest. But first a big thanks to Costa Del Mar  for donating the prize, a pair of Zane polarized sunglasses worth a whopping $239. And, secondly, thanks to all of you for keeping our young readers in mind—and your jokes PG-13. (Especially Spartan88, who was burning to tell us his inappropriate funny but showed powerful restraint.)

  • April 23, 2010

    A Dispatch from Pigeon City

    By David DiBenedetto

    Man’s Best Friend is in the Big Apple for a few days of work-related travel. But on every street corner I’m reminded of one of gun dog training’s most important building blocks—BIRDS. In this case, pigeons, which are just about perfect for training young gun dogs.

  • April 21, 2010

    A New Dog TV Show Worth Watching

    By David DiBenedetto

    I just came across the below trailer for a documentary airing on PBS tonight (4/21) at 8 pm ET. It’s called "Through a Dog’s Eyes," and it has nothing to do with gun dogs but everything to do with dogs and the relationships between dog and owner. That is to say, we could all learn something from it.

    In particular, the documentary takes you through the training process for service dogs and their new owners. If you’ve ever doubted the power of a dog, just watch the trailer.

  • April 20, 2010

    A Final Resting Place for Your Gun Dog

    By David DiBenedetto

  • April 16, 2010

    Do You Take Your Gun Dog to Dinner?

    By David DiBenedetto

    There’s an old school of thought that a gun dog should stay in the kennel until it’s time to train or hunt. This way the dog knows it has one purpose in life and loves it. I don’t raise Pritch according to that philosophy. My oldest brother, Bob, says it’s because I’m a softie. But then again, given his hardcore training philosophy, I think he may be the illegitimate son of James Lamb Free.

  • April 14, 2010

    Tell Us Your Best Dog Joke. Win a Pair of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

    By David DiBenedetto

    Tomorrow is tax day and I could use a laugh—and I’m sure you could too. So I’m launching the first ever Man’s Best Friend joke contest.

  • April 12, 2010

    Pritch Tangles with Mother Goose in Mid Retrieve

    By David DiBenedetto

    For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about a water retrieve that I wanted to test on Pritch. To do so, I needed to drive to upstate South Carolina where I have permission to run the dog on a farm that has numerous alligator-free ponds and, unfortunately, an ungodly amount of cow patties for Pritch to wallow in.

    As you can see from the above photo, the retrieve would require that Pritch cross a tiny clump of land on her way to and from the mark. I was curious how she would handle the island, as well as a bird tossed from a boat with a shotgun blast added for realism.

    My older brother would handle paddling/bird boy/gunning duties. I knew this was a tough test but had faith in my dog. I even placed a side bet on her performance with my brother, who likes to jokingly call Pritch a debutante.

  • April 9, 2010

    True Tales From the Vet

    By David DiBenedetto

    I’ve had one dog that loved trips to the Vet’s office and one that hated it (we often had to drag him across the linoleum floor, claws scratching the whole way). Turns out Pritchard falls somewhere in between.

  • April 7, 2010

    Video: Dog Attacks (Eats) Police Car

    By David DiBenedetto

    Pritchard is not much of a guard dog. My wife, Jenny, and I often laugh that a criminal only needs to bring along a treat if he wants to get past our four-footed security system. Heck, if he brought two treats Pritch would probably show him the way to my prized possessions, mainly a fossilized 5-inch Megalodon shark tooth I found as a kid and my Neil “Gobbler” Cost custom box call. (Of course, Jenny might have different priorities when it comes to valuables.)

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