Those of us with animals, know we can spend hours talking about them. But when it comes to sporting dogs, well, there is a whole other world that comes with them. They are so much more than a pet. Actually all dogs at one time, or another, pretty much started off as either some sort of hunting dog or a working dog. In other words, back in the day, they had a purpose before being a companion. They had jobs. Each dog had their own unique traits, which often were in direct correlation to their environment, that made them a master of their particular job or hunting skill. Over the years, we have breed and morphed the different breeds to our own desire. Whether the goal was to combine skills, strengthen them or even just for looks or temperament, we did to fit our own wants and needs.
Our Co Workers
While there have been many a job to be performed by dogs over the years, there are some that have remained almost identical to hundreds of years ago. Dogs used for herding sledding for example. In both situations the dogs have that are keenly tied to the job they do. The sledding dogs, living in colder territories, not only do they require a very dense fur coat, they must also be able to run fast, have a strong build, and a tremendous amount of stamina to cover the amount of terrain that they do. On the other hand dogs such a herders have a high intelligence, a seemingly endless amount of energy, and a work ethic like no other. In modern times we have taught and used dog to guard and protect our homes and businesses. They are employed to detect bomb, drugs and even human remains. Dogs also have become extremely valued as service dogs to the blind or disabled as well some very special dogs who can when someone will have a medical emergency.
I Love My Dogs
It doesn’t matter if our dogs work with us, play with us or just cuddle with us when were relaxing watching TV. We love them and they love us. They are the happiest to see us when we arrive home, they rarely ever actually stay mad at us. I remember one particular time when I was really sick, I had a very high fever and my puggle, Manny, and German Short Hair, Duke, were always close by me. When I would take a nap in my bed they would “spoon” me on both sides. During this hell week, Duke even saved me from falling down the stairs. I was extremely light headed and started to fall backwards just as I reached the top of the stairs when all of a sudden I got a huge push from behind. I winded up landing on my hands and knees and was so shaken up all I could do was sit on the floor and cry. Wasn’t long before both my “nurses” were right by my side licking my face.
Our Hunting Companions
And then there is our “bird dogs”. Of the Sporting dogs, these are the dogs that have been through our doors, and our hearts, the most. Just like people, every dog has their own personality. But let me tell you something, when the they see the orange vests come out, or the sound of guns being checked or cased, a switch goes off. All at once they are full of an intensity that no one can rival. Every cell in their body can’t wait to get in the field and run. Their noses are on hyper full alert. The hunt is on. It’s time to go find some birds. Watching birds dogs “do their thing” is like art in motion. Then one stops and points. And then the others stop and do the same. Man, this NEVER gets old!