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    My daughter and her boyfriend were out with Opal for the grouse opener last fall and she snapped this photo. A couple of coveys hung around their fishing campsite all summer long and they had a heck of a time keeping the old dog from scooping a chick. Needless to say, she was ready to go opening day and it didn't take her long to score. Until Opal got sick she spent more time with them and my grandson than she did here at home. Tom was away working out of town when she passed on Thursday and he's taking it pretty hard. For whatever reason my daughter decided to save the fan on that grouse. I framed the photo for Tom for Christmas. She brought them both over today to see if I could make something for him for Father's Day. I threw this together after church. Turned out okay. What do you think?
    Last edited by Ontario Honker Hunter; 06-03-2019, 01:45 PM.

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    Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
    My daughter and her boyfriend were out with Opal for the grouse opener last fall and she snapped this photo. A couple of coveys hung around their fishing campsite all summer long and they had a heck of a time keeping the old dog from scooping a chick. Needless to say, she was ready to go opening day and it didn't take her long to score. Until Opal got sick she spent more time with them and my grandson than she did here at home. Tom was away working out of town when she passed on Thursday and he's taking it pretty hard. For whatever reason my daughter decided to save the fan on that grouse. I framed the photo for Tom for Christmas. She brought them both over today to see if I could make something for him for Father's Day. I threw this together after church. Turned out okay. What do you think?
    I am sure it will bring a tear to his eye for a few days, but in the long run, it will be a wonderful remembrance OHH ! Good job, looks very nice ! You appear to have a ‘good eye’ for putting things together. Hope you are starting to feel a bit better about things now. When my lab Bo left my life, I wish I would have had someone to do that for me !!

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      Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

      Turned out okay. What do you think?
      I think it turned out more than just ok.

      Nice work indeed.

      You may have a Son in Law in your future. Sounds like you’d be good with that.

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        👍👍 sorry for the late post, just saw it this am.

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          I once had a very good short-haired pointer that came down with epilepsy, and had an occasional grand mal seizure while hunting in the field.
          For reasons I won't go into here, I found it necessary one day to euthanize him there in one of our pheasant covers in the back field.
          Now, whenever I look at that shotgun, all I remember is that it was the gun I used to put my buddy Schuyler to sleep.
          Your memorial brought back sad memories for me.

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          • #6
            Sorry to hear about Opal passing. She will be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge. Happy Trails

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WA Mtnhunter View Post
              Sorry to hear about Opal passing. She will be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge. Happy Trails
              Thanks. How's your old fella holding up?

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              • #8
                Sad to hear of your loss , Honk! You’re in my thoughts.

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                    We certainly have our differences 99, but your above post, photo and it’s words brought an instant tear !!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

                      Thanks. How's your old fella holding up?
                      Well, not too sporty of late. He is suffering from laryngeal paralysis and the onset of neurological deterioration manifesting is loss of muscle in the hind end. He does ok when it’s cooler than 70F. He can still go a mile and a half when it’s cooler. It takes him a while to cool down due to the obstructed breathing. He pointed and flushed 4 grouse last week in E. WA! So he still has the “want to”! I doubt we’ll do the September early goose since it’s usually pretty warm. Sadly, I think this will be his last season in the field if he makes it that long. The little girl is in her prime at 7 yo. Happy Trails

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

                        Thanks. How's your old fella holding up?
                        Braveheart is in the veterinary hospital with acute pancreatitis. About 50/50. He also has some sort of partial intestinal blockage which is very concerning. If he makes it another day or two, he’ll probably be good for a while. Retrieved 2 geese Sunday in a snow storm now this....

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                          Originally posted by WA Mtnhunter View Post

                          Braveheart is in the veterinary hospital with acute pancreatitis. About 50/50. He also has some sort of partial intestinal blockage which is very concerning. If he makes it another day or two, he’ll probably be good for a while. Retrieved 2 geese Sunday in a snow storm now this....
                          Sorry to hear that. I almost lost Ellie to pancreatitis/colitis last summer. That was scary! She's doing great now. Wouldn't touch the fancy canned dog food the vet prescribed for her afterwards (and this dog will eat ANYTHING). I put her on the low fat (well, lower fat) Iams dry stuff (in the blue bag) and she seems to thrive. Puppy eats it too. I also have probiotic supplement to sprinkle on her food but often forget about it. I will be much more careful in the spring when snow clears out. Figure she picked up the bacteria digging in the yard. I understand seashores are very bad for it too. Were you hunting salt flats?

                          Hope that blockage is nothing serious. Keep me posted. I'll be thinking of you.

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                            WAM: hope everything turns out ok, will keep Braveheart in our special thoughts.

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                              Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

                              Sorry to hear that. I almost lost Ellie to pancreatitis/colitis last summer. That was scary! She's doing great now. Wouldn't touch the fancy canned dog food the vet prescribed for her afterwards (and this dog will eat ANYTHING). I put her on the low fat (well, lower fat) Iams dry stuff (in the blue bag) and she seems to thrive. Puppy eats it too. I also have probiotic supplement to sprinkle on her food but often forget about it. I will be much more careful in the spring when snow clears out. Figure she picked up the bacteria digging in the yard. I understand seashores are very bad for it too. Were you hunting salt flats?

                              Hope that blockage is nothing serious. Keep me posted. I'll be thinking of you.
                              He got out of the yard and ate a bunch of scraps at the neighbors, I think. The blockage seems to have passed looking at the X-ray, so we dodged the surgery bullet. I brought him home from the vet last night but he is still a sick pup. Thanks for your thoughts.

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