Tails I Lose

Tails I Lose : Coping with Bird Dogs

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Joel Vance, a widely published sports writer, is known for the tremendous sense of humor he brings to his writing. Tail I Lose: Coping With Bird Dogs entertainingly describes the unique love and bonding the working dog and trainer develop-and the crazy, demented lengths to which this bond will take them!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 19.1mm | 517.55g
  • Derrydale Press
  • Missoula, United States
  • English
  • 1586670344
  • 9781586670344

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What bird dogs do right is astonishing, and what they do wrong is often very funny, especially in Vance's words. He even describes how a bird dog's nose works. The book is not dedicated to Vance's four-legged hunting partners - that honor goes to the humans in his life - but the rest of the book is theirs, with unconditional affection. -- Candus Thompson Baltimore Sun When is the last time you read any haiku, much less haiku about bird dogs. You'll get it here with: I lie belly up-In the sunshine, happier than-You ever will be; and, Sleeping here, my chin-On your foot-no greater bill-well-Maybe chasing cats. Then there's another ten or so stories, pure magical stories about gun dogs and their masters, or more correctly, their handlers, as Vance continually points out that it is difficult to determine who masters who. -- Dan Donarski Sault Evening News- Marie, Mi Tails I Lose is a fun little read, and at its best when being witty. Although Vance is a Brittany man, the soul of the stories is far from breed specific. In fact, one of the most memorable chapters of the ("Old Friends") is about two-legged hunting companions. -- Matt Crawford Grouse Point Almanac Joel Vance's books and articles have always been entertaining and informative. He has written for just about every sporting magazine in existence and has been a fixture at many. This new book chronicles his life around bird dogs, mostly his Brittanys. -- Tony Dolle Tnn Outdoors About his latest book, Vance said, "The title popped into my head. Brittainies don't have tails and so much of the book is about things that have happened with the tailless Brits that Tails I Lose seemed to fit - a fitting play on words. -- Barbara Baird Outdoor Guide
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About Joel Vance

Joel Vance is a former president of the Outdoor Writers Association, a former regional editor of Field & Stream, and author of numerous magazine articles. He is also the author of Bobs, Brush, and Brittanies: A Long Love Affair with Quail Hunting. He lives in Russellville, Missouri, near Jefferson City.
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