Can Your Dog Retrieve Fish?

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According to Jennie, “Hunter saw an eagle coming down for it and would have no part of that.” So the dog lept over the side of the boat and returned the trout to its rightful owner. The Trulls often throw fish around the boat for the eagles, and Jennie captures photos of the pick-ups. Jennie Trull
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This bird had just grabbed a perch thrown overboard by David. Jennie Trull
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Though Hunter’s fish-retrieving ability is remarkable as well as amusing, we recently recieved an email from reader Morgan Bradley who writes: Dog-owners should be extremely aware of the potential for near certain death to their dogs from salmon poisoning (if not treated in time). My springer spaniel was afflicted with this deadly disease last year after contacting trout (which I’d taught her to retrieve) in my favorite northwest river. Salmon poisoning, as it turns out, is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs that eat certain types of raw fish. It’s caused by a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola. Overall, the parasite is relatively harmless. The danger occurs when the parasite itself is infected with a rickettsial organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. This parasite is especially prevalent in fish that run upriver from the ocean to spawn. As a warning to anyone thinking of turning their dog into a fish-retiriever, if the illness goes treated, salmon poising usually kills within 14 days of contact with raw fish. Jennie Trull
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