Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bird Dogs

5" X 7" pen and ink

8" X 10" pen and ink

Scout, a golden retriever, and Tia, an English cocker spaniel, are both bird dogs. They hunt duck, quail, and pheasant. I watched a demonstration by Rose, Scout's sister, last weekend, and she is impressive! She heels, sits, waits, and then fetches -- all on command. She responds to voice, hand, and whistle signals -- all with alacrity. She finds the birds (dummies, in this case), she brings them back, she releases them, and then she begs for more. It's amazing to watch a dog who is so enthusiatically committed to her work!

I should add that this working relationship is much like the one I have with my dog, Kinsey, only in reverse. Kinsey gives the commands -- voice, paw, eyebrow -- and I hop to with alacrity. I'm sure my eagerness to work on Kinsey's behalf gives her great pleasure, too.


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi leslie!
oh these are just fabulous!


Abby Creek Art said...

SWEET boo boo dogs...beautiful work, Leslie.

I loved what you said about Kinsey giving the commands. HA...that is SO my relationship with Maisie too.:)