- Dec 9, 2001
I wish my old dog stayed in close enough range to where I could put a bell on her. Instead I had to settle for a $700 GPS system.
Be careful what you ask for Jon! I know we all have our personal tastes, but I'll take the big running dog THAT HAS BRAKES AND WILL STAY PUT over the bell tinklers any day.
BTW, Jon, this is NOT directed at you or your dog as we've never met, but you provided a segue for a rant that I've been sitting on for awhile.
This may ruffle a few feathers, but it's an observation that has held mostly true ... over the past 3 seasons, since I've been guiding up north, I've come across a wide cross section of "hunters" and "bird dogs". Most of these guys just hunt a few days a year and want to use the guide's dogs to get as much out of the experience as possible, which is fine by me, but there are those that want to bring their own dogs, which is also OK. What I've noticed though, is that the client dogs that wear bells are usually the dogs that none of us would even feed.
My observation seems to center around the fact that these "hunters" mostly prefer a bell over an ecollar/beeper because their dogs won't hunt outside of their shadow and/or they have absolutely no control over them because they don't possess the ability to push a button that will cause their dogs any kind of discomfort. Therefore, you either have a dog running around your feet all day listening to that maddening tinkling or you have an owner that spends most of his day hollering for a dog with no discipline.
OK, rant over ... back to dog pics.