Talk about bird dogs and Field and Stream and you have to give a shout out to the magazine's legendary columnist Corey Ford. That's right, the writer behind The Lower 40 column as well as the masterpiece The Road to Tinkhamtown. Read that and don't shed a tear, I dare you. Ford was a writer first and bird hunter second, and while his brace of Cider and Tober did not win field trials, they have been immortalized through Ford's writing. Cider's name was coined because he, like the beverage, came to life in the fall, and Tober is short for that prime upland month of the year, October. Both setters were bred by Vermont's Earl Twombly and are a combination of his best hunting setter, Duke of Decoverly, and show setters from both Mount Mansfield Kennels and Blue Barr Kennels' blood lines. These dogs weighed around 75 pounds and featured coats of roan marbling, very different from the typical ticking. Cider and Tober's progeny live today through the hard work of Twombly's grandson and his wife, Legh and Jenn Higgins. Their Coronation Kennels is in Northern Vermont, so if you're a Corey Ford fan (and who isn't), then you can own a pup descended from that famous brace.