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In our world, dogs are not just a part of our life; They ARE our life!
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Three generations of North Country Retrievers;
Butters,Tater and Spirit
Last June Tater qualified in the Treasure State Retriever Club AKC Master Hunt Test in Butte Montana. He is now half-way to his AKC Master Hunter title. He is only 3 more qualifications short of his NAHRA Grand Master Hunting Retriever title.
South Dakota November 2010
Greg & Rick on Missouri River Nov 2010
Tater & Spirit in Presho SD, Nov 2011
Just a Dog!
From time to time I hear people say "its just a dog”. Many times followed by “that’s an awful lot of money for Just a Dog”. It is obvious that they don’t understand the love, mutual bond, companionship, pride, devotion, delight, happiness, and pleasure derived from Just a Dog.
I have spent countless hours where my only company was Just a Dog, and never did I feel judged, slighted or embarrassed, and I always knew that my deepest secrets and insecurities would never be compromised.
Some of the saddest moments of my life have been brought about by the loss of Just a Dog. And in my days of darkness, the gentle touch of Just a Dog gave me comfort, support, strength and happiness.
Just a Dog brings into my life the essence of loyalty, friendship, trust, and companionship. Just a Dog brings out the compassion and patience that help to make me a better person. Just a Dog helps to bring out what’s good in me, and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday, everyone will understand that it’s not Just a Dog, but one of the things that gives me humanity and keeps me from being Just a Person. Because of Just a Dog I will rise early, take long walks, and try longingly to be the kind of person that my dog believes I am.
Just a Dog is the one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never proves ungrateful, or treacherous. Just a dog stands by me in prosperity & poverty, in sickness and in health. Just a Dog will sleep on the cold wet ground only to be near my side. Just a Dog will kiss my hand when I have no food to offer and guard my sleep as if I were a king, and whose unconditional love is as constant as the sun in its journey through the heavens. Just a Dog has taught me that true love has no conditions, restrictions or boundaries.
If you too think there is something like Just a Dog, then you will probably subscribe to other meaningless phrases such as “Just a Friend”, or “Just a Promise”, and many other meaningless and unimportant things in your life.
So, for me and many folks like me, there is no such thing as Just a Dog. So the next time you hear someone say “its Just a Dog”, just smile and go about your day, because they Just Don’t Understand.
Rick & Tater relaxing 2009
MHR WR SR
North Country's Tater Chip
Tater's pedigree has over 65 Field titles in just 4 Generations
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Think you are a person of great influence? Just try ordering someone elses dog around. The experience will do you good!
Glacier National Park, July 2012
Riding the Grizzly is the next best thing to hunting around our house.
Chunka & Nikki
Our first Board of Directors 1988
If you dont like my dog; You damn sure wont like me!
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North Country's Maggie Mae
High Point Intermediate Dog 1997
Annual Bird-a-holics meeting 1995
Annual Bird-a-holics meeting 2001
Tater in Presho SD, Nov 2011
Spirit at 2 days