Since then I have always believed the dog, even if it makes me look silly. My favorite episode of this starred my setter, Ike. Even by dog standards, Ike was pretty dumb, but he had a good nose. I’ve written about it before, but it’s one of my favorite Ike stories. M.D. Johnson, who contributes to this site, asked me to take his father and a friend of his for a morning of pheasant hunting. I took them to a place that was normally full of birds and, despite having Ike and two Labs on the job, we found exactly none. After a while we stopped, unloaded our guns, and took a break. We sat long enough for M.D.’s dad to have a smoke, and for us to eat a snack.