In September I wrote a post explaining that the retirement of our dog Souris-Manon from the hunting field only lasted about a week. And now that the season is over, I can happily report that she actually had one of the best seasons ever! So I've put together a photo and video retrospective of Souris-Manon's encore hunting season. Enjoy!
This summer, our nearly 14-year-old Weimaraner was laid low by pancreatitis
. And when the veterinarian discovered a heart murmur, it looked as if Souris-Manon's hunting days were over.
But the smell of autumn and the promise of birds in the woods was too hard to resist. We decided to just let her hunt --come what may. And on her very first hunt after coming out of retirement, Souris outsmarted a sharptail grouse. Click below to see the video replay.
And so, from that day to the last day of the season, Souris ran across pastures.
and in stubble fields.
Over the prairies,
and in the woods.
She found birds to point in the tall grass,
and even in the snow.
She backed her hunting buddies,
and on the rare occasion when my aim was true,
she retrieved pheasants (click to play),
woodcock, grouse, ducks and geese.
But above all, Souris did what she's done every day for nearly 14 years. She put smiles on our faces and warmed our hearts.
Bravo Souris. It was a fantastic encore!!