I have been flogging away getting the Airstream ready for another Fall season, building an 'Bob Welch' style dog cap for the F350 (which has been sound-proofed and had new gauges added), and am heading to Baker City to pick up Tommy from trainer Mike McGinnis right after the Dove Opener next week.
I visited my friend Bob Welch in Hailey, Idaho a few weeks ago. We fooled around with a couple of projects, ran some dogs, and I was pleased to be introduced to Nancy Whitehead, the sporting dog photographer and author of a new book, about which I will post later. Bob also hosted me at some outstanding pigeon shooting south of Twin Falls. Thanks, Bob!
Pete, Clair and I will be tasting prairie chickens in northern Nebraska third week of next month. After we finish and Clair flies off for his next adventure, Pete and I will head to eastern Montana for another week of prairie birds. Pete, being gainfully employed as an expert rocket scientist, will then return to the arsenal of democracy, and I will head to Michigan to to meet Dale and hunt grouse and woodcock - never hunted woodcock!
Returning from Michigan to Montana, I will be hunting with a couple of newer friends, and enjoying some dog work, before heading to Saskatchewan where I will meet with Clair and Dave Brown for more fun on the prairies. I hope that it will be a busy couple months.
My club will be hosting the US Complete Shooting Dog Association's NW Region Championship in November at the K-Arrow Ranch near Jamestown, California. I hope Ted is ready and fit from a seven weeks of bird hunting. I also hope that he is still broke enough to place in the trial.
Life is short Quit your job. Turn off the TV. Go outside and play.
The photo behind the title header was made by Clair Kofoed in NE Oregon several years ago - Jesse pointing, Huns flushing, and me thinking about the camera and shooting behind.
This century's quotes
"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
- Stewart Udall, 1970
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"
Ted is a from Crockett/Sunrise lines, with some Cover Dog blood from his dam's side. Ted has earned eight shooting dog placements in his career, and has a lot of wild birds shot over his points.
Cody - Wenaha Code Red
Cody is from Jetsetter X Johnny's Jewel. He has derby wins at the Western Open Derby Classic and the Oregon Shooting Dog CH. He is a coming AA prospect.
'Tommy' Wenaha Tomahawk
Tommy is son of Ted's half brother, CH Jetsetter - double bred See Johnny Run - and was whelped in August, 2007. He qualified with a HB Open Derby placement in Nov., 2008. As he develops, I expect that he will be a nice bird dog.
'Jesse' Wenaha Jesse James
Jesse was a good bird dog - staunch on point, broke STWS, and a good retriever. He passed on early this year at 13 years of age. Thanks, Jesse.