Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Share It Sunday’, Guest Blog Sand Spring Chesapeakes!
Nominated by last week’s guest 2 Brown Dawgs Blog!
The Old Hunting Dog!
I have a young
hunting dog, a adolescent hunting dog, a middle age hunting dog and I have
one very special old hunting dog. My old hunting dog gave me my middle age
hunting dog and my adolescent hunting dog. Without him I wouldn’t have my
young hunting dog. I have a whole circle of hunting dogs that I am very proud
of which wouldn’t have been possible without the old hunting dog.
I took the
circle of hunting dogs (all 4 of them) pheasant hunting today. It was a
bitter-sweet day and very emotional one. I get more and more emotional
each time I take that old hunting dog out hunting as I know there won’t be many
hunting days in the future. I started out with Norman and Glory. I figured that
Grandpa could teach Glory some of his hunting tricks. So we were off the old
hunting dog, the young hunting dog and I. Glory was her typical puppy self and
ran amuck smelling everything and running through the marsh like she didn’t
have a care in the world. I remembered back in the day when Norman was like
that and how I wish there was a fountain of youth for that guy. I remember
when he used to be the leader and I was the follower, I would follow where ever
his nose would take us and it would always take us to a pheasant. Today I was
the leader and he was the follower. His legs aren’t what they used to be
and he tires very quickly so he follows along in my footsteps as it is easier
to let me blaze the trail. If he cuts a track he then will go off on that
scent and work it like he did when he was young. I realized that it
doesn’t matter who is the leader and who is the follower as long as we are both
out in the field doing what we love the most. I would say hunting is what we
love the most but I think I enjoy the time we spend together and it is a bonus
if we actually get a bird. We didn’t get any birds today but it was still a
wonderful day because I was spending it with my furry friends. I could see Norman
was getting tired so we walked back to the truck of course I was crying as we
walked back to the truck because I was taking my hunting buddy back to the
truck because he was getting tired. I put him in the front of the truck and got
the adolescent and the middle age dogs out and off we went again in hopes
to find a bird. As we were walking off the old hunting dog was barking to go
with and it broke my heart to leave him behind. How was I suppose to shoot a
bird with tears streaming down my face? Well I didn’t have to worry about that
as the gang worked and worked but not a bird to be found. Again it’s not about
the hunt but about the time spent with the fur kids. I wouldn’t trade that for
anything. So even know it was a sad day it was a good day because that old
hunting dog is still with me ready to go out again one day soon.
My husband and I have four “furry” children Norman,
Nellie, Gambler who was born 5/13/2011 out of Norman and Glory our newest
puppy who was born 12/4/11 out of Nellie. We breed Chesapeake Bay
Retrievers. We are both avid hunters. We also enjoy competing with our dogs in
hunt tests and field trials. That is where you can find us during the trial
months which are April-September. When were not at a trial we are busy training
our dogs with our trainer in Sheboygan. We go snow goose hunting in
Canada each year and do all the hunting that Wisconsin offers. We are a small
kennel in South Central WI specializing in breeding Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Continuing to give something back on my ‘Share It Sunday’. We all
share and we grow together. Pop over say
hello and make a new friend.
From the author Molly The Wally.
And don’t forget Roo’s
Power Of The Paw web site where we can stop over and wish our furry friends who
are under the weather well.