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  • May 26, 2010

    HSUS: Charity Rankings Downgraded-12

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    Check out this info from HumaneWatch.org on HSUS's rating from the well-respected charity watchdog group, Charity Navigator. It sheds some interesting light on the Humane Society of the United States' fiscal responsibility and efficiencies (or lack thereof).

    I've long maintained that the HSUS is the most dangerous anti-hunting, animal-rights group on the planet. HSUS is much more effective at interfering with hunting (and all associated endeavors, such as dog breeding and training) than the media-whoring group PETA because they strike a direct blow with lobbying efforts and ballot initiatives. 

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  • May 25, 2010

    Found in the Field-8

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    When Kona had his explosive bout of diarrhea, the vet said it could have been cause by Giardia or perhaps something he ate. "It's impossible to keep an eye on our dogs at all times," she said. "And they can wolf something down in no time."

    Today was a perfect example of that. This morning Kona snapped something up and started crunching away. It was small bone of some sort. I pulled the remaining splinters out of his mouth and "no'd" him off what was left on the ground. On our evening walk in a different field, the "Black Booger" came back with the remains of a deer leg!

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  • May 18, 2010

    Obama's Dog: $1,600 Gift-4

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    According to this Yahoo! News story, President Obama's dog, Bo, is worth $1,600. The figure comes from the President's 2009 Financial Disclosure forms. On it, the First Dog's value is listed as a gift from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

    For some the value of a dog is immeasurable. For others it's simple arithmetic. For some, they place a value on a dog by the initial investment that they put out. For others that initial value is just the beginning and lump-sum worth is compounded by vet bills, feed, campaigning costs and potential stud fees or breeding income. Start getting sentimental about memories captured while with your dog and its value hits that immeasurable level.

    But $1,600 for a pooch whose biggest achievement will be to not poop on the White House carpet? What do you think Gun Doggers?

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  • May 17, 2010

    Gayne’s Puppy Chronicles-14

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    Molly the dog came with my wife Karen.

    It was kind of a package deal. 

    Some wives come with a dowry, mine came with a dog.  I actually think it was a pretty good deal.

    Molly was part ridgeback, part greyhound, and all mutt and by the time I came into the relationship she was a year and half old and weighed in at around 65 pounds.  In the period before my arrival she had turned the garden part of Karen’s garden home into a desolate area that resembled Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Molly followed some commands, such as “sit” and “heal,” but choose to ignore or didn’t understand others, such as “sit” and “heal.”  She wasn’t well trained but she was great nonetheless.  

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  • May 12, 2010

    Holy Crap!-10

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    It was 4:30 a.m. and Kona was whining. "Shut up," I said and rolled over in bed. It continued even as he moved into the living room. After a few minutes I got up to see what was going on.

    I found my black Lab sitting alertly next to a pile of liquid poo deposited on my apartment's carpet. Kona looked at me as if to say "this is what's wrong, you moron!" I quickly took him outside where he blew contents from his backend all over the communal compound. After painting small grass patches with poo (and cleaning it up as best as possible), I went back inside to address the mess on the carpet and return to my bed.

    Little did I know that when I'd get up a couple of hours later, my good-morning greeting would include several more crap-splatterings pasted across the carpet (none on the linoleum, mind you). What became scary is that as Kona's episode of diarrhea continued, the contents of his deposits moved from liquid stool matter to spraying blood.

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  • May 10, 2010

    VIDEO: Reading Your Dog-2

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    Check out this Ducks Unlimited video from Mike Stewart at Wildrose Kennels. It's on reading your dog's body language and discusses cues like lip licking, tail height and attitude.

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  • May 6, 2010

    Bark Collar Recommendations Anyone?-2

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    In case you missed my last post, I'm in need of a bark collar to keep the mutts quiet in the small apartment we're now living in. I've never had need of a bark collar so am looking to you, Gun Doggers, for some recommendations. I've got a few in mind, but any feedback or experience you have with bark collars is appreciated.

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  • May 5, 2010

    Best Gun Dogs for an Apartment?-2

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    Through a series of circumstances I find myself once again living in an apartment. What years ago was no big deal, now seems like a study in minimization. While storage space is a premium, the real challenge is keeping two dogs that are used to their own yard and a large house in a small apartment. In one week I've already received a notice of complaint from management. It got me to thinking what the best breeds would be for those gun dog guys and gals living in an

    apartment. Here are a few of my choices:

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