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  • August 30, 2010

    Reader Gun Dog of the Week

    By David DiBenedetto

    Okay, thanks to some prodding from loyal followers I’m kicking off Monday with a Reader Gun Dog of the Week.

    As you may remember, we’re spotlighting readers’ dogs. So far we’ve covered everything from a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever to a Lab to a GSP. So this week I’m going with a breed near to my heart—the Boykin spaniel.

  • August 25, 2010

    Caption Contest: And the Winner Is…

    By David DiBenedetto

    The proverbial cat-and-dog war seemed to bring out the best in your caption writing abilities. But before we crown a winner let me first thank Pam Kadlec of Just Ducky Kennels who gave us the hilarious shot of a couple of Boykins “treeing” her cat. Or, as Pam put it—a photo of her cat tormenting her Boykins.

  • August 23, 2010

    Anyone Have Plans for Dove Season?

    By David DiBenedetto

    So last post I was worked up about duck season and the video of that unbelievable Lab. And I still am. But a friend recently me sent the below image of his dove field along with an invite to come hunt it the first week of the season, which opens September 5 here in South Carolina.

  • August 19, 2010

    VIDEO: In Memory of One Fine Duck Dog

    By David DiBenedetto

    There are 100 days until the opening of duck season in South Carolina. If the incoming gear catalogs haven’t inspired you then here’s a video that will do just that. My friend and avid gun dogger, Wes Chester, showed it to me yesterday, and I’ve watched it at least three times. Why? Because I’m awed by the Lab’s passion, drive, and skill. The trainer was obviously no slouch, either.

  • August 16, 2010

    Can You Identify the Hunting Dog Breeds in this Music Video?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Okay, so the following are a few words I never thought I’d use in a sentence on the Man’s Best Friend blog: “the Kinks and hunting dogs.” But recently I stumbled on this video of the Kinks’ classic, “Sunny Afternoon,” and was fairly amused by the hunting dogs piling out of the vehicle during the first few seconds of the clip. 

  • August 11, 2010

    Write a Caption. Win Free Cabela’s Training Gear

    By David DiBenedetto

    I’m not much of a cat person, but I found the above photo quite funny. It was taken by Pam Kadlec of Just Ducky Kennels. In addition to her dog training skills, Kadlec is also an excellent photographer. (Check out her website for some great dog images.) She captured the pic at her kennels and it needs your editorial touch.

  • August 9, 2010

    What’s Your Favorite Gun Dog Shop?

    By David DiBenedetto

    I know bird season is approaching when the gun dog catalogs start arriving. And to be honest, I love looking at them all. But I have settled on a few that are my go to shops when I need something for Pritch—or myself. (For the record, I have no affiliations with the below shops nor do I receive discounts from them.)

  • August 5, 2010

    Seven Dogs Die on Commercial Airline Flight

    By David DiBenedetto

    Very sad news out of Chicago. According to a report on CNN, seven dogs died yesterday after an American Airlines flight from Tulsa, Okla., to O’Hare International. It has been reported that the animals looked lethargic when they were removed from the plane, so ramp workers tried to cool them off. When that didn’t help, the dogs were sent to a Vet’s office where they died. (All of the dogs were bound for different locations.)

    There were a total of 14 dogs on the flight. There have been no reported problems with the remaining dogs.

  • August 4, 2010

    Say Less. Get Your Dog to Listen More.

    By David DiBenedetto

    One of the many things I’ve learned from professional dog trainers is the use of fewer commands to get more done. Call it command economy. Here’s an example:

  • August 2, 2010

    Nice Dog. But Can It Mow the Lawn?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Don’t ask me why, but I found this video clip to be a bit mesmerizing. Apparently I’m not alone, as the video seems to have gone viral. Consider it the strangest 13 seconds of your Monday. Enjoy.