You know sometimes you post about something and you need an update but it doesn’t warrant a whole blog. Or sometimes someone made a comment that really resonated with you. Yup, Follow-Up Friday baby!
First thank you to everyone who asked to sign Thunder’s cast. I have my Sharpies and I plan to do it first thing tomorrow morning. I will post a picture next week. He is excited.
Jodi asked if we have this picture framed somewhere.
Not this one. But we do have several others including this one.
I mentioned that the river was kind of cold for a puppy. Doggy’s Style commented that a neoprene suit would keep him warm. Actually Thunder and Storm both have neoprene hunting vests for the cold water.
We are hoping that Storm’s vest fits Freighter for this season because we would like to wait until he is full-grown before buying one for him. Of course we forgot to bring it along last weekend.
Many dog owner hunters poo-poo the vests, but if you are hunting in cold water the idea is to preserve the dog’s core body temperature. Many times a dog will be in and out of the water and then just sitting for hours in a boat or on a stand. It is important to guard against hypothermia. Keeping the dog’s core temperature up is also supposed to help prevent cold water or limp tail.
I came across this podcast on the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s website: Hunting Dog Health Concerns and Staying Safe in the Great Outdoors. (If you do not know about this resource, you should take a look. There are a lot of podcasts and video discussions about a wide variety of general canine health and research.) The guest for this podcast was Dr. Joe Spoo, a recognized expert in canine athlete conditioning, a practicing veterinarian of small animal medicine, and a hunter. Among other things, he recommended the use of a vest when hunting in cold water conditions.
The draw back of a vest is that if you are hunting in water with a lot of sticks, you have to be careful that the dog doesn’t get hung up on them.
I guess Freighter’s collar looks red in the pictures? A few of you commented on it.
The little camera takes good pictures, but I guess the color is not true. That collar is actually blaze orange which is the color you want to wear when out in the woods hunting. Both hunter and dog wear blaze orange. The collar is actually Storm’s collar and Storm’s tags. We don’t have a set for Freighter yet because no doubt whatever we buy this year will not fit him next year. We feel it is important that the dogs have some ID on them while hunting so Freighter borrowed Storm’s stuff. No wonder she was giving us dirty looks.
Jen commented that she doesn’t think she knows what a grouse looks like. Storm is actually the most awesome grouse hunting dog. She can dig them out of the thickest cover and she is fearless. This picture is from a couple of years ago. The bird on the far right is a woodcock, but the rest are grouse.
Grouse are excellent table fare. They are probably my favorite of all the upland birds. In case anyone is wondering, we eat all the birds that taken during the season. If we only get one or two, they are cleaned and put in the freezer until we have enough for a meal.
The grouse population is cyclical and unfortunately it is coming off a ten-year high so they may not be a plentiful this year, but hopefully Freighter will find a few.
Have a great weekend!