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Things my son needs to know after sending a dog for first time:
-There is such a thing as an acceptable amount of dog hair on furniture, clothing and in a glass of whiskey.
-You will get frustrated, doubt yourself and consider giving up on training dogs. But you can’t, because you love your dog too much, and eventually you’ll get through to him.
-Dogs will ensure you experience the extreme ends of the emotional spectrum. Triumph and embarrassment. Puppy breath and final goodbyes. Stud fees and impounded trucks.
-If anyone insults you, me or your mother, turn the other cheek. If he insults your dog, take him for a roll in the dirt.
-Training expenses and trial entries are hard to hide from wives and girlfriends. Secret credit cards are too easily discovered. Get a P.O. box.
-The field trial judge is always right (until you’re out of earshot of the gallery.)
-He who brags about his dog prior to the hunt leaves with tail betwixt legs.
-Let your buddies shoot first. It’s sportsmanlike, and the satisfaction of watching your dog retrieve isn’t diminished by not pulling a trigger.
-Every 10-15 years you’ll bury a dog and have to drag yourself from the grave. You’ll get through it, but never over it.
-Anyone who says there’s a science to picking a puppy is full of shit. It’s a crapshoot. Go with your gut and choose one that’s nicely marked.
-Labrador retrievers are the ultimate duck dog. Be sure to point this out when arguing that nothing tracks a running pheasant like a springer.
-Your grandfather bought his first springer spaniel in 1980. This is his legacy. Thank him.
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