It's said that bird dogs are born knowing how to hunt, and that we just have
to teach them how to hunt for us. So we embark on the journey.
We watch the newborn puppies, eyes not open yet, just a few weeks old, and
they are running and yipping in their sleep. What is the source of those
dreams? We wonder, and then weeks later we hide a bobwhite quail in the field
grasses. We bring the puppy into the area. It smells a bird for the first time,
Our eyes meet, and the age-old connection between human and hunting dog
begins again. The puppy lifts a paw, freezes in a point, somehow knowing. This
was a moment in those old dreams. The humans smile. They had the same dream.
Later, there will be glorious days when it all comes together, when all the
training takes hold and we share proud moments. Of course, the hunt never goes
perfectly, for humans or dogs, but the exuberance of the dogs makes it
impossible to dwell on those moments. Instead, they remind us what a simple, sweet and happy thing it is to get the wind in your ears and just run.
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