Tale of a Wimp

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We couldn't ask for a better family dog than Rudy. He came to us through the American Brittany rescue society, we've had him since December. He's a wonderful companion, gentle with the kids and about as low-maintenance as they come. My husband is a hunter, so of course we wanted to adopt a hunting dog. Problem is... Rudy's not a hunter. Consider the evidence below.

Mama duck with baby at the river. She had about 7 of these cute little tykes with her, sweet as can be, paddling this way and that.

Steely eyed hunting dog goes to investigate. Note that he cannot get his dainty paws wet in that cold, cold, river water. Note the body language.... "I'm trying to go into a point, I've heard that's what I'm supposed to do, but I'm not sure this is right". (American Brittany's have an instict to go "on point" at the site of an upland game bird, but these are waterfowl, so I'll forgive him for being confused).

Mama duck sees Rudy along bank and decides he might be offering food, heads in his general direction. Rudy's reaction was just short of sheer terror. He quickly removed himself from the situation, making a bee line for safer territory, back to hunting his natural prey... leftovers from under the picnic table.


Lynne, memryscrpr@comcast.net said...

Brittany's are wonderful dogs..love your pictures. My parents have had Brittany's for more than 20 years, but I have to say the last one they adopted, and skill have is the biggest character of them all! He's afraid of everything, pretty much..so your story was good for a laugh!

scrappernic said...

Too funny! I love those pictures!

Cheryl said...

What a cutie!

My in-laws have a Brittany and she is very timid! You can't yell at her either because she gets her feelings hurt very easily. She is a sweetheart though. She would play fetch with her Kong until she collapses if you let her (which of course my in-laws make her stop long before that happens).

Elaine said...

Sooooo cute!!! Love the story!!
Although my heart breaks a little we just lost our dog last month and our hearts are tender! Love him and kiss him and call him George! LOL :) That's what we say around here! Thanks for sharing your doggie story! Love it!!

Dawn said...

He's beautiful..and thanks for the link! I didn't realize there was a rescue society for Brittany's. DH wants a pair of them so I'm headed over to check it out.

ALessner said...

Too funny I have an english setter and he is the same way. my kids raise ducks for fair and he is always around the babies he just likes watching them. Your dog is very cute tho

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