Bird dogs

dciron

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I love those chocolate labs! My best dog ever was a chocolate lab. He was my dog for the meat of my guide career hunting ducks and geese in MN in the mid 90s. At one point Ol' Blue would make 30+ water retrieves in the morning and then chase roosters for another 4 or 5 hours in the afternoon. As he got older the cold water would dang near kill him late season even with a vest so I got a Chesapeake (I had 2 as a kid) to split the load and make more dry time between retrieves. The Ches was an awesome dog finished at 105 pounds of oily steel he was as smart a dog as I have ever been around. His name was Quintus and he watched over my kids like he was with the secret service. He was also a fantastic pheasant dog with a soft mouth and amazing rooster intuition. The current dog, a black lab has been great for the busy family and content to hunt just weekends. She's 11 now. The wife wants a year or two to travel without a dog so I will have a little time to decide on the next one. I am hoping Em can make er hunting one more year.
Awesome story, thanks for sharing.
 

wasskeet

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Gotta love those Labs! Here is a pic of Cole, possibly our last as my wife is haired out. More of a pet than anything, but did enjoy his few times hunting - retrieved the first bird he ever saw fall.
 

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Montana'eer

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I don't know anyone in our NAVHDA chapter that uses Diamond. There's a lot of Purina Pro Sport or Kirkland. We feed Purina ProPlan Sport and the Kirkland canned to our three.
 

Greta06

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Diamond naturals from tractor supply is good stuff. My dogs had joint issues while feeding purina(cheap stuff), all went away when we switched to diamond naturals. There is also a difference between diamond and diamond naturals.
 

idcwby

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Diamond naturals from tractor supply is good stuff. My dogs had joint issues while feeding purina(cheap stuff), all went away when we switched to diamond naturals. There is also a difference between diamond and diamond naturals.
What’s the difference between the two?
 

Greta06

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Couldn't tell you precise details but regular diamond is probably like a comparison between regular purina dog chow and purina proplan. The diamond naturals is highly rated over the regular diamond. We feed the chicken and rice year around and mix in extreme athlete during hunting season.
 
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