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Thread: 10 minutes from retrieving to "should be dead"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Dufour View Post
    I have a client that is hunting his quite small bitch in upper twenties,and retrieving ducks for up to five people in the blind.

    I told him that these conditions are pushing the envelope,and he must be aware of hypothermia.She stays in the home year round.

    My question to you all is what should I advise him to do?
    I would print off page one - the original post - for him to read.
    How could one not err on the side of caution on behalf of their dog after reading this story?

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    glad to hear hes doing great. (teary eyed) lesson learned for all. ive watched my buddys dog where a vest and when its super cold outside he uses his decoy bag for a dog blind to help hold the heat in. his dog actually gets in the bag. It keeps the wind off of him when its freezing out and keeps him a little warmer. not that you could of done that in your situation just a little field info. that might help someone.
    Last edited by muddin; 02-15-2010 at 08:19 PM.

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    I am new to hunting with a dog... That question has always been in the back of my head... I always use a vest! Glad to hear he is doin great!

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    The Lord loves em dawgs too brother,keep your head up and your heart open,praying for the Ace man,i just know he's gonna pull through!

    God Bless ya man!

    Josh

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    just wanted to bump it up because here in North Texas we have had 2 nice days in a row. Me like most of you are ready to do water work. Be careful the water temp is still in the upper 40's or low 50's.

    http://www.goosehuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?p=46387

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris S. View Post
    just wanted to bump it up because here in North Texas we have had 2 nice days in a row. Me like most of you are ready to do water work. Be careful the water temp is still in the upper 40's or low 50's.

    http://www.goosehuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?p=46387
    I've said it once I'll say it again, the above link should be make ito a sticky. Knowledge and prevention is the key

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russellm454 View Post
    Matt, Thank God. Sometimes in the worst of times all we have is faith. Your prayers carried you and others through the actions to save Ace's life today and that same faith will carry you and Ace through what ever is ahead.

    God Bless,
    That is the truth. Prayers go out to you and Ace!

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    I sincerely hope all goes well for Ace, we sometimes take our dogs for granted.
    They are our buddies first, hunting comes second. I cannot image the distress you have through. It sure has opened my eyes. On behalf of the British Labrador Retriever Association (Canada) our prayers and thoughts are with you and for Ace to a speedy and full recovery. Keep us posted.
    Rev. James Lindsay

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    I am glad that the lesson was learned but sorry it had to be that way I don't know what I would do if I lost maggie that way!
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    Glad to hear ace is doing fine
    It' s hard to belive how fast things can go wrong. When I was younger man starting my duck hunting career, a friend and I bought a 18ft john boat (an old fish boat). We could only come up with 10hp motor for our big boat.
    Which was fine we thought, we hunted where a creek mouth went into a very large reservoir lake. The temp dropped to zero over nite. It took 2 hours to break out a trail to go 400 yasrd to your spot. We had a great hunt, I had a big yellow lab (100lbs) ODIE. I shot a duck, Odie went to get it. When Odie got to the duck it start to fly, but it could only get up a couple feet off ice. Odie was able to jump on ice. He chased the duck another 400 yrds. on the ice, the ice wasn't that thick and get thinner on the main part of lake. The ice was poping and craking as I watched my dog run across it. All I could think of was how long it took us to get where we were, so it would take at least that long to get him. If he fell thru could he last that long? Fortunately he made it to the duck and made it back to us. This day has played thru my mind over the years, it could have turn out alot different.

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