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After 12 hunting seasons with my old buddy Colby in the blind, I had to make the hard choice to retire him. My wife decided to rehome a 2yo washout that could not handle being on a dog truck. She wasn't a great marker and could handle OK for her age, but just didn't have "it". Well, we made the trip to my lease in Arkansas to try it. I really wasn't sure she would be able to hunt (fear of being gun shy with shots over her head). Day one, was iced bad so I didn't hunt her. Day 2, she handled shots fine from my 28ga and retrieved 11 of the 12 birds we shot. She semi blinked every non-mallard we shot as if to say, this? Wasn't real sure headed out to the blind. Day 3, she picked up 13 of 14 (including two geese) and learned how to find cripples diving after handling back to a few. Still not real sure headed out to the blind. Day 4, hunted with 5 guns. She was like a different dog headed out to the blind. She picked up all 15 of the 30 birds with style and confidence and honored the other dog very well. Day 5, she had a few cripples and a couple of 200+ yard retrieves. Picked up 10 of the 20 we killed. She found her confidence and calling. It was really neat watching her development over the 4 days.
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The great part she found her calling, for her the sad part is it only lasts for a couple of months ☹
Then there's 305 days of getting mad at them again.
 
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