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Legislator’s hunting dog greets constituents

Ruger, a vizsla (pointing dog) owned by state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, greets visitors to his Olympia office on Fridays. (Courtesy photo)
Ruger, a vizsla (pointing dog) owned by state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, greets visitors to his Olympia office on Fridays. (Courtesy photo)

GOOD DOG -- Visitors who have chosen Fridays to visit the Olympia office of state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, usually get a few "pointers" from a pro who has a good nose for what's going on.

Schoesler's front man is Ruger, a young vizsla pointer.

"I got him last fall and he was hunting with me at 7 months old," Schoesler said. "I couldn't have asked for more out of dog three years older.  He was just great.

"But my wife told me when I got him that I'd have to take him to Olympia with me. I leave the farm and live in a camp trailer while the Legislature is in session. My landlady loe dogs, so it works out.

"But I bring Ruger into the office every Friday. He meets constituents and keeps us grounded."




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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