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lost buddy for those four months, but the
moment this Lab shook my hand, I knew
it was time for me to adopt another dog.
On a second trip to the shelter, my
wife and our black Lab Katie came along
to give final approval that "Katniss" be
added to the family.
I thought it was an appropriate name.
Those familiar with the popular book and
movie series will make the connection of
how she had become a "Victor," surviving
her own personal "Hunger Games."
I'll admit, adopting a dog from this
kind of a situation did present some
concerns: Would she learn to trust me?
Would I learn to trust her? And of course,
would she hunt?
The veterinarian estimated Katniss
was 18 to 24 months old and concluded,
thankfully, she had no issues with parasites or fleas. Only one tick was found
on her.
Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with
Lyme disease, but a regiment of antibiotics resolved the issue.
After several weeks of working with
Katniss on a 30-foot lead, remote walks
on local game lands proved a great testing
ground for some "off lead" trust building.
We soon graduated to 3-mile walks
completely off lead, with my adopted dog
displaying a consistent need to be able to
see me, or quickly returning to find me as
I hid behind obstacles to test her reactions.
She demonstrated exceptional discipline
to come when called.
With trust established, it was time to
start testing her interest and ability to
retrieve. She quickly demonstrated great
enthusiasm for her hand-tossed retrieving dummy, and as the days grew longer,
Katniss, Katie and I would spend hours
tossing and retrieving together.
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Katniss was quite popular on social
media, with many people following her
progress from local drifter to trusted
family companion, and now heading
toward a hunting career.
I had been using a small cap gun to
introduce Katniss to sudden noises, and
felt she was ready for more.
Thanks to a generous friend, Jason
Richmond, I secured a dummy launcher
that uses a .22-caliber blank to propel a
special retrieving dummy 100 to 200 feet,
combining the noise of a gunshot with the
flight of the object to be retrieved.
At the crack of the first launch, Katniss
nearly turned inside out, and literally ran
into the sliding glass door trying to get
into the house.
I was very concerned. Would she ever
be able to hunt? Is she gun-shy?
But as she watched through the sliding
door as I did launcher retrieves with Katie,
eventually I could see Katniss understanding this was all just a new game.
And did she ever take to this new
game! It's still one of her favorite things
to do.
We were ready to see if she could be
handled in the field.
Having a membership in a local
regulated shooting preserve, I gained
permission to take Katie and Katniss
onto the grounds for training purposes
on Sundays.
To my amazement, Katniss proved
herself to be an excellent flushing dog
on her very first trip afield, demonstrating
keen scenting ability, and discipline to
return to my side when called.
It was now late March, and the hunting season at the preserve would soon be
coming to a close. I arranged to take both
dogs hunting on what was the 40th day
since I had adopted Katniss.
As we entered the sorghum field, the



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