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Trawler life on a nickel budget is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!
Date: 14 July 2019. Running the Hounds.
Hi Janice, Here are a few thoughts
about a man
I read your entry
about hunting dogs some time ago and thought maybe I could respond
with some bits and pieces that I have read and experienced over my
81 years. Since it is a rainy day here in the Northwest, it is a
good day to get this out of my system. These are not all my original
thoughts but gleaned from other folk’s writings and some from my
First, I have read many times that
all dogs, from the small, like yours, to the large are still 98%
wolf. In the remaining 2% of their genes men and women have
experimented, bred, developed and tweaked the characteristics to
develop animals that suit our selfish purposes. In spite of what
some preach, we have developed special breeds for herding, pulling
sleds and pursuing wild game. Some learn to guard, to rescue, or to
assist those in physical need, while others just provide us with
loving comfort. Still, all dogs are 98% wolf.
The hunting breeds are often referred to as hounds, except for bird dogs. Trailing hounds pursue other animals by their scent and are used for everything from squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, fox, even boar and lions. Sight hounds pursue the animals by sight such as cats, stag, running birds and sadly sometimes their own ancestor the wolf. Hounds do not bark. They bay.
Bird dogs may trail and flush or be used only to retrieve. My favorites are those who trail and then point. The point is a method of stalking and the dogs are trained to find, go on point and by intimidation hold the bird in one place until I can catch up. I then flush and hopefully shoot the bird. My partner then retrieves, hands me the bird and we both rejoice. Pheasant under glass and a fine glass of wine will follow for me. Of course my partner gets a reward also.
For what reason we would never know. But Yankee ingenuity led to putting a bell on those particular hounds. From then on deep ringing tones added to the chorus.
In my 40’s I was living in
Colorado and started “riding to hounds,” with the Arapahoe hunt. On
fleet horses we went out on the Phipps Ranch (now known as “the
Highlands,” a housing development) with a pack of English Fox
Hounds. There were two packs of hounds, a female, “bitch” pack and a
male “dog” pack. Each comprised of 20-30 hounds. We did not hunt the
two together. We did the “Tally Ho” bit and chased coyotes.
In the wintertime, some friends
and I would go to Ireland and England where we hunted fox and
stag. Riding hired horses, wearing top hats, red coats, and with
the mandatory morning stirrup cup of brandy, we were off and well
over the stone fences and hedges that still cover and separate the
fields of Ireland and England. It was the whole nine yards of
From the Reader's Digest book
Ah, what I would
give to be young again and to ride with the hounds once more, to
hear and see 30-50 well-bred hounds doing what they did so well and
to hear the sound of the huntsman’s horn. We rarely caught a fox or
stag but the fun was in the chase and listening to those hounds!
Of course the hounds are there too and the fun is still in the chase. For most, it is far more profitable to hunt in the halls of Safeway. But in some the instinct to hunt burns as strong as ever, for both man and beast.
I hope this is as entertaining and enlightening for you to read as it was for me to remember and write. I hope I have introduced some new thoughts and helped in you to understand hound lore. Due to my poor health I am now limited to some fall bird hunting. My hunting companion is a Wire Haired Pointer. He is a rescue dog, probably the most intelligent dog I have ever known. He is totally tuned to my every thought and wish. My memories help me get through the days and nights. And of course my best friend is always by my side.
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