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This is our little granddaughter hanging out with Fats, he’s always so gentle.
Mike & Marie
It’s January 17th, 2009 and hunting season was over on the fourth. I thought I would give you some recap on my very productive and enjoyable season because of the fine dog I received from you. Every time the shotgun comes out and the orange clothes go on he sits by the door and trembles with excitement. When we get in the truck I can’t keep the windows defrosted because he is breathing so hard. We started out hunting grouse in September and had good success even though other area grouse hunters said there didn’t seem to be any grouse. Fats had no problem finding and flushing grouse every time we went out at the age of 5 months. He worked the grouse cover like he was a seasoned veteran. Things really picked up when the woodcock moved into the area and that was a lot of fun until he started to catch them. I told Fats that I’d really like to shoot the woodcock, but he just would catch them and bring them to me. On November 1st at the age of six months Fats made his first trip to South Dakota. We had harvested a few birds around home already, so he knew what we were after. When we got out there he was the only dog with five guys and by the end of the day he was a professional pheasant dog. Needless to say being the only guy with a dog, I shot ten out of the fifteen birds. I only hunted the one day and went home. Fats was tired he hunted hard the whole day without slowing down, so I didn’t think it was a good idea to hunt him for two days. He hunted every weekend until December 11th when I got laid-off for the season. Then we hunted every day except two days until January 4th. The two days off came after the second trip to South Dakota on December 27th. Another one day trip we left at 4 am and returned home at 12 am, that evening, we hunted from 10 until 4 that day and Fats was wiped out. He hunts so hard and doesn’t stop, so I have to be careful with him. The last week of the season was the funniest for both of us. We hunted hard in the two plus feet of snow and harvested 32 birds. Fats caught five hens and a rooster. I can’t believe how well this little puppy can get though this snow. We were beside ourselves when we couldn’t hunt anymore. Then on Monday we went for a walk in the woods. Fats flushed three grouse and three rabbits. Fats got mad and barked at me because I couldn’t and didn’t shoot them. Rabbit season is open until February. I’ve never rabbit hunted before, but maybe I might have to start.
(Minnesota) Fats potty trained himself in 2 days, he goes in his kennel at bed-time. Mike saved 8 pheasant wings last fall. He takes them and hides them in a small field by our house. Fats found all 8 of them in just a few minutes. Mike keeps the wings in the freezer in the shed, when Mike gets home from work, Fats runs & stands by the shed door. If Mike goes in the shed, Fats gets in front of the freezer. Emily & Mike are working on quartering training with Fats and that is going really well. He quarters back & forth finding wings that Emily & Mike hide, he tried to eat the wings for awhile but now he brings them to Mike when he finds one or when they use them for retrieving. It’s so fun watching him retrieve, we have a big swamp out behind our house & Mike will stand on the lawn & throw a dummy into the tall canary grass. Fats will run across the lawn & launch himself into the tall grass. Mike’s been training him in some pretty rough country canary grass willow swamps, thick brush, you name it & the little guy will find the wings or retrieve the dummy every time. He doesn’t give up.
We shot over him with blanks, that’s another story. We started out shooting as the dummy was thrown, then we shot & threw the dummy after the shot. Then Mike told me to shoot but he didn’t throw the dummy, just told Fat’s to go find the bird. Fat’s ran into the swamp so Mike just threw it in the swamp & of course, Fats found it.
He just lays around the house or yard but when Mike starts training, it’s like you flipped a switch he’s all business, he gets a totally different look on his face. We never dreamt that he would be so smart & everybody he meets instantly falls in love with him.
Thank you so much Bill for the wonderful dog, oh I won’t lie, we lost a few pairs of shoes & some video cords, but he was well worth it!
Mike & Marie
I’ll try to remember to get those pictures sent; my only regret is that I didn’t take more when we first got him!