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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

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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.

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Mr. Studley…MANNY!

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!

 

 


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17 Comments

  1. Eldridge

    Love the dogs page! This is making me miss my old buddy Myles. He was my black lab/ golden retriever mix for 7 yrs before he passed away. He was my companion during my single years =) I’m always amazed at how smart dogs are and like you said are becoming better. Social media has brought a lot of that to light with the so many hilarious pet videos out there.

    Kudos!

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  2. Stan

    I have two golden retriever, lovely dogs. They are beautiful, playful, intelligent and loyal. The older one is already 10 years old, and i am worried about her health. Glad to see other dogs lovers here.

    May the DOG be with you.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      We lost 3 dogs all at age 8. My “Baby” is 8 this year & has had some weird spells but all blood work is fine. Know how you feel when it comes to worrying!

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  3. Suzanne Smith-Byrne

    What a great post. I have 2 dogs but they’re not working dogs! I seriously don’t know what I’d do without them. I did however have a dog care business and it was fascinating observing how all the dogs interacted with each other. They were a proper group and my own dogs held everything together.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      THANKS! All dogs are awesome in my book! My “buddy”, Manny the Puggle has been going with me everywhere since he was a pup. PLayed a huge part in helping me threw a severe bout of depression. He is such an easy going dog, never has a bad day & gets along great with everyone. He was instrumental when we winded up adopting Cami. Whenever she is not sure what to do or act, especially around other dogs, she follows Manny’s lead. Sounds like you had some great pups yourself!

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  4. Zarina

    Hi Donna,
    What a wonderful post. I love dogs!! Even though I don’t have dogs now, I used to have them when I was younger. I love big, smart dogs, like German sheppard for example. It was interesting to learn more about the dogs than I know.
    You clearly know your stuff.
    Thanks again,
    Zarina

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      Hi Zarina, There is always a ton to know about anything, but dogs are so much fun! I grew up with a German Sherpard, she was definitely the family protector.

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  5. Juan

    Donna,
    I got my first dog when I was five years old, and from that point on I have always been around them. My first dog was a Collie, and I have been from the company of a Great Dane, to the latest member of our family, a Dachshund named Bubba. I really enjoyed reading your post, I couldn’t agree with you more that they are “the happiest to see us when we arrive home and they rarely ever actually stay mad at us”. I believe most kind of dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      I LOVE Doxies & have wanted a long haired one for years! I think it would be pretty safe to say that a lot of dogs are direct reflections of their owners and the love and care they are given….and throw in training etc etc etc

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  6. John

    Donna,
    i have had many breeds of dogs during my life. It does matter what you want from your dog what kind of dog you get. Do not get a poodle and expect it to go hunting. Labs love the water and my brothers would go swimming in the pond every chance he got.
    You have to ask yourself what do you expect from your do before you choose the breed. Thanks for your information on helping make this choice.
    John

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      My puggle, Manny, is my personal first dog, though we have had several bird oags over the years. Since a puppy I took him with m everywhere. Well, when bird season cam e and he didn’t get invited to come, things got a little ugly. I finally convinced the HUbby to at least just let him ride in the car and he would be happy. Well, then we decided to let him out and run with the other dogs fro some exercise, figuring he was so much smaller he wouldn’t be able to keep up with them & so there fore wouldn’t hurt anything. HA! Let me tell you, he is a smart little bugger!!!! Wasn’t long before he started stopping when the other dogs were on point. Wasn’t long before he was even finding birds hahaha

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  7. Hindy Pearson

    Hi Donna, I enjoyed your post, and you’re fortunate to have that outdoor lifestyle. There’s nothing like pets to make your life complete, and your love of dogs certainly shines through your words. It is interesting to talk about sporting dogs, and the work they were bred to do. When people decide to bring a dog into their home, I wish they would consider the needs of the breed. Of course all dogs have the same basic needs, but if you’re a couch potato, don’t get a dog that isn’t happy unless he’s been running through mountainous terrain for 3 hours. Hope this enlightens your readers.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      The GSP, Duke, that I mentioned needed a home & was only temporary with us. I spent a year working on finding the right family for the exact same reasons. One person told me they walked a couple of miles a day. My response was THIS dog needs to RUN several miles a day! Luckily, we did find the absolute perfect family for him.

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  8. t

    Lovin’ on dogs is one of my all -time favorite things to do especially as a dog sitter. I’ve learned so much more about dogs and some of the history of dogs today. Are there football sporting dogs? They’d be super popular wouldn’t they! Thanks for helping me learn while lovin’ on dogs!~ t

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      OH BOY Football Fan dogs…..I know some maniacal Giants that would get one in a heartbeat if they existed!!!

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  9. Debra

    Working dogs are in a class by themselves, and your post made me very aware of the fact that many of these working dogs were define for such work due to the nature of the fur, durability, intelligence and protective nature. Each of these qualities are still within the dog breed today.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      Years ago I was in Ireland and a farmer showed us how his border collie keep his sheep in line. He would give commands, sometimes hand signals, sometimes whistles and the dog would snap on a dime in another direction and move the sheep one way and so and son. It was really cool to see it first hand on a real sheep farm!

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