Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

After a month-long break from the uplands due to my work load and the girls' injuries, I finally made it back to chasing birds. While we didn't scratch down our limits or anywhere close to a limit, we did see a ton of birds, which is always a great sign in the late season.  Abby responded fairly well to her month off.  She was a little rusty at times but she still out-smarted a few late season birds.

We'll be getting at it for the next month before the season ends.  Hopefully, we can catch a day or two in the snow.

til next time...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Good Book

No, more like a great book.

I recently rediscovered my love of reading through the pages of Feathered Tales: A Bird Hunters Grand Slam Odyssey by Joseph A. Augustine.

After a while of "I've been meaning to pick up that book" to actually picking up a copy. It was only a short time before I put down the book.  Looking back, I think I finished the book in just a few days.

From the very first pages, I knew this book was for me because I was able to relate not only to the content, but also to the author.  Relate, is saying it lightly.  As the pages flipped, I couldn't help but think how my upland hunting path was very similar to the author's. You see, Joe Augustine grew up only half and hour east of my hometown in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  He also came from a hard-working, middle class family that instilled in him a prolific work ethic.  The connection didn't stop there as I read he still runs the same breed of dog which his family had from his youth.

The obvious passion for the uplands carried me swiftly from chapter to chapter.  But it was his passion that drove the author through the adventures of chasing every huntable species of upland game behind his beloved English Setters.  No small feet for the adventures but an even greater accomplishment was putting it into words and fitting it all into one book.

If you like upland hunting behind any sort of breed, you will find this book a great read.

til next time....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

On the Mend

So it's been a tough couple of weeks.

Abby was first up for her hernia surgery and it went well.  She's almost ready to chase some roosters.  Here are a few before and after photos.

All bandaged up.
Next up was Mia and her TPLO surgery. It's only been a few days since Mia came home, but she's seems to be recovering well. We really have to keep a close eye on her.  She's on lead while doing her business and she's being crated a little more than she's used to.  But this is all for her benefit and a quick recovery.

Mia hanging out on her new bed.
Look, 22 staples!
Getting ready for Christmas!

til next time....