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W hen she w as ho m eless an d seek in g ref u g e
at a Lykens recycling yard at right and even a er
she w as ad o p t ed , t he cho co lat e lab t hat cam e t o
be called K at n iss f aced an u n cert ain f u t u re. B u t
she retrieved her rst heasant to her owner s
han d o n her 4 0 t h d ay in her n ew ho m e.

experienced Katie quickly picked up the
scent of a bird. Katniss reacted to Katie's
excitement, and soon both were clearly
trailing a running bird.
With a cackle, the cockbird launched
into the bright blue sky, and I was fortunate to not blow the shot. As the bird
folded and returned to earth, a tear formed
in my eye as I watched my "rescue" sprint
to the downed bird, proudly pick it up, and
retrieve it to my hand.
The first Saturday of April would
be another big test for my new hunting
partner, as I was going to be hunting with
a group of friends at the local shooting
preserve. Katniss had displayed some
suspicion of strangers, especially men,
so I wasn't sure what to expect.
Again, my rescue dog proved I had
nothing to worry about. She hunted like
a champ the entire day, flushing birds in
front of our entire group, then retrieving
them to me for distribution.
Clearly, she felt anyone hunting was
a friend and could be trusted, and she
J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7

continues to hunt well with any human
hunting partners.
Since that first retrieve, Katniss and
Katie remain an efficient team.
Because Katie was raised as the protégé of a bunny-chasing beagle, she possesses expert scenting and trailing skills,
but I neglected to train her on retrieving.
So she is quite content being part of the
flushing process, and willingly allows
Katniss to do all retrieves.
Together, we have spent many fantastic
days hunting not only on the local shooting preserve, but also on local game lands
pursuing the pheasants stocked by the
Game Commission.
One of those game lands is adjacent to
the junkyard where Katniss sought refuge
as a stray.
It was a very proud moment when we
hunted there the first time, and she proved
that a "recycled retriever" can be a quality
hunting companion.
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