Darn Dogs

Abe

Last fall I did a post about my old English setter who died on September 30 of old age and other complications.  Taking his place was a really great young English setter named Abe.  He had the makings of a really special dog.  On June 6th we went out to my hunting camp together to check on the chestnuts I had planted there.  It was our last trip afield – he got sick that day of a blood clot in his abdomen and died 3 days later.

The last picture I took of the trees turned out to be the last picture I took of Abe.  By accident, he ended up in the picture above in a classic pose.  He was not quite 18 months old.  No more company on my chestnut checks – I’ll go it alone for a while.

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Maine Events

From left, Bryan Burhans, Bucky Owens and TACF Board Chairman Glen Rea enjoy a chat at the Maine Restoration Event in June.

One of the things you do as a field person for TACF, or most any small conservation non-profit, is cover a lot of ground.  Usually one person handles many states and this is true of TACF.  The great thing about it is, you get to see some really cool places.  On June 14, the Maine Chapter of TACF had their annual Restoration Event.  It was held at a beautiful private home overlooking the Maine coastline, which I had never laid eyes on.  Add it to my list of places I want a summer home. The weather was absolutely spectacular, which certainly enhanced my desire to move there.  After listening to enough of us relative southerners oohing and ahing, the natives reminded us of the “w” word – winter.  Earlier in the day we checked out a large breeding orchard being shepherded by local volunteer Larry Totten and other volunteers.  When the sun went down, the bugs came out and the party ended, but it was a great event and raised valuable funds for Maine’s projects.  Congrats.