It’s a Succesful Fishing Trip if There Were No Trips to the Vet
Brittanys are super energetic dogs. They run at top speed much of the time, not always paying attention to anything other than running and hunting. We keep our pups leashed much of the time. Or, we use hunting collars to remind them to stay close. Mishaps still happen…
Muskrat Love – Not So Much
With Beau and Dee, leashes were not as necessary as with our other dogs. When we we on a river, they stood solidly at my side, always afraid they would miss something. One day while fishing a spring creek, I returned to the car to meet friends for lunch. The dogs followed.
When lunch was over, Dee had gone missing. It was not like her. I called and she quickly appeared, ashamed and bloody. She had killed a muskrat but not before it had bitten her several times. We cleaned the wounds, glued larger ones closed, and fitted her with a shirt to keep her from licking the bandages. For her, wearing the Shirt of Shame while her woulds healed, was the worse part.
Some dogs navigate barbed wire just fine, others do not. Pie and Belle have no barbed wire skills. The worse injuries have occurred with 1/10 of a mile of our home in Montana. The’ve each been stitched at least 3 times each.
Picture this – a favorite fishing access where we regularly run the dogs. We’ve been here a million times. The dogs know the paths, we can see them easily, and the warning beep on their hunting collars works perfectly to remind them no to go far.
I’m following behind. Pie is motionless. I catch up and see him face to face with a very mad and very large rattler who has elevated himself enough to look into Pie’s eyes. How I ever got the courage to get so close and grab that dog by the collar, I’ll never know.
Fish were a curiousity that smelled funny until one day I gave a dying, foul-hooked whitefish to Dee. I didn’t know any better. I’m sorry and I was very wrong.
She devoured the whitie and two things happened. She stopped viewing fish as a fun thing to sniff and now viewed them as food. And, as it turns out, whitefish give her the most disgusting farts ever emitted by a dog.