This has been a crappy start to summer. My buddy Russ Miller had to put down his 13 y.o. Setter "Twister' a few weeks ago. You'll find several entries of Twister in these pages...most without proper pictures. Russ and I have hunted together for 40+ years and we usually shot birds so regularly that we seldom took pictures. It just didn't seem necessary to photograph a day that we could likely recreate any time we wanted. We typically expected that we would limit out rather than to be suprised with a bird or two. Unfortunately with too many species today, that's no longer the case. But that's a lecture for another time.
Then both of my dogs, Chaos and Bo snuck through a downed fence after a storm. I was at work for the weekend and my wife was out of state. Bo returned home the next morning but Chaos was spotted running all over town for the next 11 days before returning home. That's a level of stress no one should go through. Eleven mornings at dawn myself and friends drove neighborhoods and greenbelts searching for her till dark. And so many strangers we came in contact with searched as well. I can't tell you how grateful I am for all the effort that others expending trying to help Chaos make it back home. Soon I'll post a "How-to" on reclaiming a lost dog, in a sticky at the top of this forum. I learned a lot from this experience that I hope I never have to relive.
But Chaos is back and the three of us are looking forward to this fall!