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Twelve Tributes To The Hunting Dog

by  National Rifle Association
(2001 Hunting Dog Calendar)

          “Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of man, without his Vices. This praise which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a tribute to the memory of Boatswain, a Dog.” – George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

          “None of life’s relationships are more pure than between a boy and his first dog. – Aaron Fraser Pass

          “Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.” – Sir Walter Scott

          “At the end of the day, when the fire crackles and the ice tinkles in the glass, the dog lies at it’s master’s side.  All sins and shortcomings – both of man and dog – are mutually forgiven, because tomorrow is another day.” –AaronFraser Pass

          “…he advances…, his wet nose screening a hundred scents for that one scent…, which gives life and meaning to the whole landscape. Partridge scent is the gold standard that relates his world to mine.” – Aldo Leopold

          “A Brittany pup once chewed a hole in an expensive hunting coat. I scolded him at the time. Now he is 20 years gone, and that patch never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Such is the hold on one’s heart a hunting dog can have.” –AaronFraser Pass

          “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about little puppies.” –Gene Hill

          “A sweeping cast, a staunch point, a solid retrieve – what more should be asked? All the other “fine points” are frills – nice but not really necessary.” –AaronFraser Pass

          “The hunting partnership between man and dog developed thousands of years ago and from it came a deep bond of affection. I suspect this was the dog’s idea.” – Aaron Fraser Pass

          “A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head is within our hand in his old way.” – Mary Carolyn Davies

          “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” –Josh Billings

          “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” – Unknown

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