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#7237960 - 07/28/18 03:14 AM Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)...
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Went into this season assuming it was going to be my oldest dog Paxton's last season. She turned 14 in late November. She has been semi-retired the last couple of seasons. With her body failing, being half blind and half deaf but still having the desire, she has been regulated to fair weather hunts and easy retrieves. Whipple would pick up any and all slack with pleasure and without any hesitation.

What I didn't expect was that this was going to be my youngest dog Whipple's last season. She turned 7 in late November. She has been taking over most of the duties since Paxton has been slowing down. She was rushed into emergency surgery in the wee hours of May 22nd. She passed away during recovery later that day.

Paxton has a lot of drive but Whipple would turn the dial up to 10 and then proceed to twist it off. She was a quick study and picked up on a lot of things naturally. She had that "it" factor. The only thing holding her back, if anything, was me. She was a firecracker in the field and cuddlebug around the house. She was just a joy to be around. We had a lot of fun together.

If I had known what I know now, I would have spent more time in the field letting Whipple have more time doing what she loved. I thought we would have a lot more time together.

They say the blows you don't see coming hurt the worst. I'm a believer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, hug your pups.
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#7237961 - 07/28/18 03:15 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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This season was on par with others but with the lack of water in the ponds it made it even more difficult to cool the dogs off and limited hunting areas and shots.




9-1-17

Weeds were holding some moisture...



Paxton with a bird...



Whipple with a bird...



Paxton licking her chops...



The sun coming up...



Paxton with another bird...



Paxton taking a break...



Some birds flying over...



Bull trying to start trouble...



Dove zooming by...

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#7237964 - 07/28/18 03:16 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Paxton with another bird...



Whipple trying to cool off...



Whipple with another bird and what looks like a poop eating grin on her face...



Cows trying to stay cool...





It's pretty dry out...





The Black Dogs with the birds...

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#7237966 - 07/28/18 03:26 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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9-4-17

Had some tree ducks come in...





The decoys...



Tree ducks heading out...



Paxton picking up some birds...



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#7237967 - 07/28/18 03:27 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Whipple picking up some birds...





The gf trying to run the dog...



Paxton with another bird...



The girls with the birds...



This guy was just trying to hold on...

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#7237970 - 07/28/18 03:29 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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9-7-17

The day awakens...



Paxton with a bird...



Paxton staring at me...



Whipple waiting for action...



Some birds moving through...



Paxton doing work...

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#7237971 - 07/28/18 03:30 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Whipple doing work...



Paxton making another retrieve...



Whipple making another retrieve...



The birds...



The girls with the birds...

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#7237980 - 07/28/18 05:25 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Sorry about Whipple, hope Paxton keeps on trucking. A lot of cool pics, especially the Dove zooming by, it looks like a fighter jet up


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#7238041 - 07/28/18 08:08 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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up sad story but some great pics.
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#7238339 - 07/28/18 04:37 PM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Thanks guys.
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#7238346 - 07/28/18 04:45 PM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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9-8-17

The sun coming up...



Paxton waiting for some action...



The gf and Whipple doing the same...





Paxton with a bird...



Whipple calmly waiting for birds...





The gf trying to take a nap...



Paxton with a bird...

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#7238348 - 07/28/18 04:45 PM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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I had to help Paxton with the mud on this retrieve...







The gf taking Paxton to look for a hurt bird and trying to keep her out of the mud...



Whipple making some retrieves...





Paxton with a bird...



Caught the gf napping...



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#7238351 - 07/28/18 04:46 PM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Paxton with some birds...









Whipple is too fast...



The girls with the birds...

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#7238389 - 07/28/18 05:50 PM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Great pictures!
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#7238674 - 07/29/18 02:17 AM Re: Dove Season 2017-2018 (my pictures from the season)... [Re: dogcatcher]
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Great pictures!


Thanks.
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