Frequent Blog contributor, avid hunter and dog enthusiast Ian MacDonald had an extremely difficult weekend…
We was forced to put down his favourite hunting dog Duke – a decision our friend Ian came-to, no doubt, with heavy heart.
Here is Ian’s story…
Put my old dog down today, that was tough.
I’ve been a dog guy since I was 15 years old. Every dog I’ve had has been a good one. They say you only get a good dog once in your life.
Duke was the best.
There was not a ground hog or racoon he could tolerate. He did not have much respect for coyotes either. He was unbelievable on pheasant and ducks. I went pheasant hunting one time with a fellow who said he had a good dog. There were 3 of us and we had 12 pheasants put out, Duke flushed all 12 and retrieved all 12.
I ‘ve seen him chase a duck 3/4 of a mile across the lake get out on the other side of the lake and bring the duck back.
We used him for chasing deer the few years we did not have a hound. I always knew when there was a deer around.
My new dog has big feet to fill…”
Ian’s old pal Duke was also the star of his own story in a Blog article from October, 2012, entitled My Favourite Hunting Companion: