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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:04 pm

durangopipe wrote:Dang it . . .

I can't look at photos of setter puppies without

1) getting mushy (to then point of being choked up)
2) getting nostalgic
3) wanting another setter puppy!

Fortunately, my wife loves setters, too.

If you can stand it, here are few more photos of ours:

The very regal Freckles:
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Freckles & Buddy, in the rig after a hunt:
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Quinn on point:
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Panda catching scent:
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Panda at home:
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If truth be told, Freckles was by far the best bird dog I've ever known. Incredible blood. Extraordinary nose. Amazing "bird sense". Buddy was good, incredibly loving and biddable and wonderfully eager if not as gifted as Freckles. Quinn and Panda are rescues who were advertised as great bird dogs needing a loving home (their owner had died). We love them to death, but "great" bird dogs exaggerates their hunting ability.
:D

Puppy fever. I get it. I don't get baby fever anymore.

There's a lot to be said for natural talent and biddable behavior in the same dog at the same time, but natural talent without the biddable behavior can be troublesome. I'll take biddable over great natural talent without any day. A biddable dog can be a pleasant and moderately useful companion despite a lack of great natural talent. I had a very talented Black Lab once who didn't have a desire to please and was very driven. Yes, I could send him over the hill to retrieve but he was still a nightmare to live with. He only wanted to work for himself.

My current English Cocker has good talent and drive, he can't blind retrieve as easily, but he wants to please and will respond to my commands every time. It just takes a lot more whistle blowing and extra hand signals. He never needs an e collar either. He's "soft" and I like that. I prefer to use positive training methods. I never force fetched my dogs or seen the point in doing so with the spaniels or retrievers. But my Cocker really is a great spaniel. He works the cover within shotgun range very well with natural quartering. I use the whistle for long retrieves, rarely for the quartering and usually only for the first few minutes when his excitement levels are really high. A lot of spaniel hunters seem to be on the whistle constantly.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by A_Morley » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:47 pm

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by durangopipe » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:27 pm

A_Morley wrote:ImageOne should never drink alone.
Smart cat.
Try not to blow away this weekend--looks like a pretty mean storm.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:57 pm

A_Morley wrote:ImageOne should never drink alone.
I might not hate that cat.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:59 pm

I can't have a cat ever again. My wife, her sisters and mother are very allergic to cats, in fact her sister's life was threatened by one episode last year.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:24 pm

He gets to come home November 1st. My wife is flying to Georgia to pick him up and bring him home safe and sound under the coach seats.

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He will start his new life with us in # Movember. I will so exploit that # mustache of his, you can bet your hard earned dollar I will. :chili:

About two weeks ago, my breeder sent me a video of him chasing a pigeon he placed in his kennel. Normally this is a bad idea at that age because if the bird hits the puppy at five weeks it could develope a fear of birds. Really bad for a dog meant to flush them. But he felt confident to do it this once with my pup. The pup saw it and immediately charged forth full speed, barking twice upon sight of the strange visitor in his kennel. He continued the chase until he ran headlong into the fence. It was funny. But it was proof that he is a birdy spaniel and knows what he's supposed to do by instinct.

I would post the video, but there are compression issues with it. It should have been sent to me via email.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by coco » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:31 pm

Thunktank wrote:...My wife is flying to Georgia ...
You should go with her and then drive West a bit to Montgomery.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:37 pm

coco wrote:
Thunktank wrote:...My wife is flying to Georgia ...
You should go with her and then drive West a bit to Montgomery.
I'm taking next week off to hunt Deer, coming back a day or two before she leaves. Work, kids, school . . . Otherwise I would.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Jocose » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:19 pm

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by JimVH » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:30 pm

Jocose wrote:Image
:mermaid:

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by durangopipe » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:48 pm

Thunktank wrote:He gets to come home November 1st. My wife is flying to Georgia to pick him up and bring him home safe and sound under the coach seats.

Image

He will start his new life with us in # Movember. I will so exploit that # mustache of his, you can bet your hard earned dollar I will. :chili:

About two weeks ago, my breeder sent me a video of him chasing a pigeon he placed in his kennel. Normally this is a bad idea at that age because if the bird hits the puppy at five weeks it could develope a fear of birds. Really bad for a dog meant to flush them. But he felt confident to do it this once with my pup. The pup saw it and immediately charged forth full speed, barking twice upon sight of the strange visitor in his kennel. He continued the chase until he ran headlong into the fence. It was funny. But it was proof that he is a birdy spaniel and knows what he's supposed to do by instinct.

I would post the video, but there are compression issues with it. It should have been sent to me via email.
Just showed this to my wife.
The "Aaaaaaaawe" went on forever.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:33 pm

Our 13 year old, Quinn, just got over a kidney infection.
Glad she's okay. At her age, these things can be serious.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by JudgeRusty » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:58 pm

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by AFRS » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:34 pm

Jocose wrote:Image
That's one sick lid.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by Thunktank » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:31 pm

I'm taking one of my beasts quail hunting tomorrow. He loves doing that. We have been taking long bike rides on local dirt trails two or three times a week lately to get him better conditioned for the hunting season.

The puppy beast has been with us nearly two weeks now. He's starting to understand that hardwood floors and rugs aren't bathrooms, leashes are for walking with and sit, stay, come are good tricks that lead to chicken treats.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by hugodrax » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:55 pm

AFRS wrote:
Jocose wrote:Image
That's one sick lid.
I chuckled
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:49 pm

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Bandit.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by JimVH » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:35 pm

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Bandit.
Handsome animal.

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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:57 pm

JimVH wrote:
DepartedLight wrote:Image
Bandit.
Handsome animal.
Keep it clean, sir. This a family establishment.
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Re: The 'Post Yer Beast' thread

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:24 pm

DepartedLight wrote:
JimVH wrote:
DepartedLight wrote:Image
Bandit.
Handsome animal.
Keep it clean, sir. This a family establishment.
What's that boy? The Johnson kid is stuck down the old well? Well, what are we waiting for...
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