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Orion is a 2 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  His breed of dog was bred to retrieve ducks out of the Chesapeake Bay for hunters, which would mean he should instinctively retrieve ducks.  He loves to swim and retrieve, most of the time it is difficult to get him to stop swimming and stop retrieving toys.  When it comes to retrieving real birds he wants no part in picking them up.  

We continue to take him hunting to try and get him used to it. One day we took him to one of our favorite hunting spots. My husband had got some geese and like a good retrieving dog Orion went out to get the geese.  Rather than pick the goose up with his mouth, wrangled the goose up against his chest and began swimming toward us to bring it back.  Even though he wouldn't pick up with duck we were so thrilled that he was bringing it back.  Then the goose started moving..........rather than grab it with his mouth to make it stop moving he climbs on top of the goose and looks at us "like hey guys look what I did, you want to come get it now".

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Aspen was a sweet, lovable friend of mine. He joined our family when
one of my neighbors moved. We found out that he had left a dog tied up
behind his house. At first, we made sure the dog had water, food and
put down some straw to keep him out of the mud. Eventually, we made a
call and told the owner — Aspen had a new home.

Covered in ticks, dirty and in need of a manicure, Aspen was brought
to his new home and joined our pack. By his hesitancy and shyness, we
figured that he had never been inside a home. That was confirmed when
I heard a dog peeing. Turning around, I saw Aspen — leg lifted —
peeing out an open window. Right idea, wrong execution.

At his first vet appointment, we found out he had heart worm. I just
couldn’t put down the dog without trying to save him. Thankfully, he
survived the treatment and began his new life at our home. Eventually
he came to realize that a hand reaching out to him was for giving a
pet, that a hug wasn’t something to be scared of and that being part
of a pack (we have three other dogs and me) was a good thing.

Aspen lived with us for over three years. During that time, he
received the life and love that was denied him at his old home. His
howl all made us smile and when we finally had to put him down, he
left with our love and my daughter’s tears on his fur.

I miss him dearly.

David Gough

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