Charlie Hays had a dog when he was a kid, a cocker spaniel named Butch. He loved that dog, and at night he and Butch curled up in bed together, best friends forever. Charlie would own other dogs — many of them — before he died Oct. 12 at 82. Or, perhaps more precisely, the dogs would own him during a lifetime that saw Charlie become perhaps the best competitive amateur retriever trainer and handler this country has seen. Born June 17, 1936, in Minneapolis, Charlie graduated from Hopkins High School and the University of Minnesota. He was 21 when he married the former Yvonne Edwards, the love of his life, and not long afterward, while cruising the classified ads of Sports Afield magazine, he bought a black Labrador puppy over the phone. “That dog arrived by airplane,” said Yvonne, speaking from the south Georgia home where she and Charlie have for many years spent their winters, training dogs. A nationally acclaimed retriever trainer and handler in her own right, … [Read more...] about Anderson: Retrieving dogs had their champion in trainer Charlie Hays
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Photos: Amtrak's passenger trains through the years For its launch in 1971, Amtrak handpicked approximately 1,300 cars from a total pool of 3,000 held by the two dozen defunct private railroads. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ben Abramson, USA TODAY Published 7:57 a.m. ET April 24, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Amtrak passenger cars from the 1970s to today Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. All aboard! Shortly after the start of operations on May 1, 1971, Amtrak handpicked approximately 1,300 cars from a total pool of 3,000 held by the two … [Read more...] about Photos: Amtrak’s passenger trains through the years
FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, a Labrador Retriever emerges from he water with a toy at Valley Falls Park in Vernon, Conn. Known for being easygoing, multi-talented and friendly, Labs have held the top spot for longer than any other breed since the AKC started counting in the 1880s. (Leslloyd F. Alleyne/The Journal Inquirer via AP, File) Courtesy Contra Costa Animal Services German shepherds are No. 2 on the list. Marvin Joseph/Washington Post Ruby, one of the dogs enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which is compiling exhaustive data, recorded and reported each year by the dogs' owners, on every aspect of the pooches' lives. A French bulldog sits at Westminster Adoption Group and Services. It was one of the 78 seized Monday, Nov.6, from a suspected illegal breeder at a Westminster house. The dogs were kept in dirty crates and needed medical care.(Photo Courtesy of Mike Dorney) A bulldog walk about at Westminster Adoption Group and Services. It was … [Read more...] about Labs hold onto top dog spot, but the French bulldog is closing
Is this Lab preparing to throw a curve or a slider? Tuesday marked the first three games of the 2010 Spring Training season. In the spirit of Grapefruit and Cactus League baseball, I’d like to offer my thoughts on what bird dogs fit each of the nine positions on the baseball field. Yes, it’s a bit of a mind-bender, but I think you’ll enjoy the hotbox. Around the Horn Pitcher: Labrador retriever – They are all GO for the first seven innings and always want to be at the center of the action. Examples: Curt Schilling, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, and Jack Morris. Catcher: Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Tough as nails and able to fight through bruises and bad weather. Examples: Lance Parrish, Carlton Fisk, and Gary Carter. 1st Baseman: Cocker Spaniel - This guy is all hit and no range. Lacks speed on the paths, but capable of going yard. Examples: Eddie Murray, Miguel Cabrera, Steve Garvey, and Lance Berman. 2nd Baseman: … [Read more...] about Pitchers and Bird Dogs Report to Spring Training
There are three dogs on the living room rug. Two earned there dinner, one is just a house pooch that eats whatever I toss in the dish. I don’t own any of the dogs, I just babysit the brown fluffy four footed cocker spaniel for my daughter. The two Chesapeake’s make me a bit embarrassed because I consider those real dogs. I watched them slosh through mud rows; they sat proudly when told, fetched without even looking back, they had been heavily trained and today was truly their day. I admire chessies for that attitude that’s sez you can’t make a goose big enough that I wont haul back to your pit and in any weather from way past warm to sleeting frigid blizzards, makes no matter, and haul a bird back almost matching there size and none the worse for wear, bird after bird, all day. Dinner is over, the fire in the fireplace is glowing, and it flickers off the big dogs shiny warm water washed, towel dried coats, as we start to put an edge back on some steel. … [Read more...] about Its big dog, that carries a big bird.