Barks of joy filled the arena of the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Agility competition was in full swing. Dogs of all sizes and breeds raced through tunnels, jumped over hurdles, climbed A-frames, slalomed through poles, and teetered on seesaws. And, they enjoyed every minute of it.
Dove hunting starts the bird season in September, and various birds are in game through February. Having a good bird dog is a definite asset to the hunter. According to Walt Barnes, local duck hunter and dog trainer, the three most important factors in training a dog for hunting ducks or other birds are being obedient, being in shape, and being safe.
The arrival of my new puppy brought both joy and angst into my otherwise sedate life. One thing I knew was that my house was not ready for the onslaught of puppydom. Klamath is a community where pets are prevalent, and there was lots of help for me and my four-legged companion.