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  • May 27, 2010

    Video: Can Your Dog Retrieve Fish?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Most of you who follow this blog know that Pritchard is as much of a fish dog as she is a gun dog. From her very early puppy days I’ve brought her fishing on the boat, and she now has a better pair of sea legs than most people I know. For the most part, she sits forward of the center console and watches the action. But she’s also a bit of a camera hog when a nice fish comes aboard—as you can see from the photo below. And she’s been known to loose her cool—barking like mad—whenever we have a shark in or near the boat. Otherwise, she’s a rock-solid fishing partner.

  • May 24, 2010

    Are You Overfeeding Your Gun Dog?

    By David DiBenedetto

    There are few recurring themes that show up in the Man’s Best Friend mailbag, but one of the most common is this question: How much do I feed my dog?

  • May 21, 2010

    F&S Reader Gun Dog of the Week

    By David DiBenedetto

    This week we’re heading north to Nova Scotia for our F&S Gun Dog of the Week. Fittingly, it’s a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever owned by Douglas Blades.

    These dogs are bred for the heavy waters and rocky shores and are adept at tolling, which, I’m told, is essentially frolicking along the shoreline to attract ducks. Here’s how Doug put it:

  • May 19, 2010

    Contest: Guess My Vet Bill. Win a Prize.

    By David DiBenedetto

    Not too long ago I wrote about Pritch’s annual check up, and even more recently I mentioned I enjoyed the yearly visits. What I don’t like are the unexpected trips to the Doc. Those usually end up hurting my wallet and, more importantly, mean that my pup is sick or injured.

  • May 17, 2010

    Do You Brush Your Gun Dog's Teeth?

    By David DiBenedetto

    I’ll do just about anything to insure the health of my dog. (If you have any doubts, just click here for documented proof.) I’m religious about heartworm pills, flea and tick treatment, vaccinations, and so on. In fact, I enjoy our yearly Vet appointment even if Pritchard doesn’t.

    But recently I stumbled upon some pet advice that even I don’t follow. According to the L.A. Times, dog owners should brush their pet’s teeth every other day. Here’s what a Vet had to say to the newspaper.

    Veterinary dentists recommend brushing pets' teeth every other day for optimal dental health. Pet toothbrushes come in different sizes, depending on the size of the mouth…It is imperative that you use veterinary toothpaste since pets will swallow the toothpaste, and regular paste for people can cause severe stomach upset. Besides, they make salmon, beef, chicken and malt flavor, which could actually help to make teeth brushing a more pleasant experience for everyone.

  • May 14, 2010

    Off-Season Gun Dog Projects

    By David DiBenedetto

    The joys and rewards of owning a gun dog are legion. And, in my case, they keep growing. Here’s an example:

    Back during duck season I got an e-mail from my friend and F&S fishing editor, John Merwin. He knew I was taking Pritchard wood duck hunting and requested some of the barred feathers from a drake’s flank. As some of you may remember, the wood duck hunt was a success, and Pritch made her first waterfowl retrieve. Of course, I pulled some feathers off of a drake and sent them to Merwin back in January.

  • May 13, 2010

    F&S Reader Gun Dog of the Week

    By David DiBenedetto

    Okay, folks. Here's another installment of the F&S Reader Gun Dog series. Looks like we’ll be posting one dog a week for the near future as the e-mails keep flooding in. No doubt you are all passionate about your dogs, and with good reason.

    Today we’re going to South Dakota to highlight Ben Bainbridge’s dog, Lexi.

  • May 12, 2010

    Do You Have Purebred Guilt?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Pritchard is a purebred dog. A Boykin spaniel. My dog before her was a purebred yellow Labrador. The dogs of my youth were mutts. And to be honest, I loved them all. My mutts, however, were not gun dogs. But that may have had more to do with their lack of training then their abilities.

    But lately when I think about adding another dog to the family (that is, in addition to Pritch) I’m torn. Do I go with another Boykin or maybe a bird dog or do I go the pound and rescue a mutt?

  • May 7, 2010

    Trim Your Dog. Help Clean Up The Oil Spill.

    By David DiBenedetto

  • May 5, 2010

    The F&S Reader Gun Dog Kickoff!

    By David DiBenedetto

    We’re launching the F&S Reader Gun Dog series this week. So without further ado, here’s the first nominee. A Labrador owned by Mike Nobles (mnobles23) from Oklahoma.

    Dog’s Name: Kota

    Breed: Labrador

    Age: 2 ½ years

    Type of Hunting: Waterfowl

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