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Higher calling: hunter strives to follow dog's example

Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers prepares for grouse hunting with his English Setter, Dickens. (Torsten Kjellstrand)
Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers prepares for grouse hunting with his English Setter, Dickens. (Torsten Kjellstrand)

HUNTING -- I marvel at my English setter, and all the various faithful breeds preferred by my friends.  Here's one angle on why.

If you can…

  • Start the day without caffeine.
  • Always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains.
  • Resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.
  • Eat the same food every day and be grateful for it.
  • Understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time
  • Overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours, something goes wrong.
  • Take criticism and blame without resentment.
  • Ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him/her.
  • Resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend
  • Face the world without lies and deceit.
  • Conquer tension without medical help.
  • Relax without liquor.
  • Sleep without the aid of drugs.
  • Honestly say deep in your heart that you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics.

….Then, you are ALMOST as good as your dog.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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