Sit back and enjoy 15 photos of hunting dogs “living the life” in the field.
What is it about dogs that has captured such a large portion of our hearts? Reaching back through the ages to the first time a dog kept his masters safe from the dangers that lurked outside of the campfire light, the partnership between dogs and humans is forever burned into our consciousness.
“His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’”
Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.
More than just pets, the dog stands alongside man, yet expects little in return, only hoping for the approval and love of the person they are partnered with. Dogs serve with our soldiers and police officers, guide the blind, provide comfort to the sick and lonely. Of the many tasks that dogs have been assigned, perhaps none seems so little like work then fulfilling the role of hunting dog.
Spending a day in the field undertaking his oldest purpose since time began, the dog now shares the hunt with mankind. With that in mind, enjoy these 15 photos of dogs doing what they do best.
1. Iconic Labrador Retriever just before he gets his duck.
2. Airedales and friend pin a coyote.
3. Bracco Italiano with pheasant.
4. German Shorthair Pointer on the run.
5. Hounds treeing a mountain lion.
6. English Springer Spaniel bringing back a bird.
7. Foxhounds give chase.
8. Happy terriers with their prize.
9. German Short Hair standing watch.
10. Hounds keeping a boar at bay.
11. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon on point.
12. Nova Scotia Trolling Retriever in action.
13. Beagle and a formerly rascally rabbit.
14. Munsterlander Pointer in pea soup.
15. Vizsla at full speed.
Seeing these dogs enjoying the life they were meant for makes one want to set aside the days responsibilities and head out into the field. An old bird hunter once told me “every day is Saturday for a dog.” I think the dogs would agree.