Little Peat walked out of the shipping crate and pointed the cat. From then on, any time Dan went to the post office or store, Peat went along in the truck. They'd see grouse on the road almost every time, so Dan would stop and take Peat out on a leash to get bird scent and possibly a point. In the meantime, Peat was gradually conditioned to the shotgun. By fall, Dan was shooting grouse over July-born Peat.