In May 2009 Elsa went off to Bird Camp at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club for four weeks. Today, I dropped off Stuka for the same program. This time we are trying two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the late summer/early fall. While I was reluctant to part with Elsa for a month, she left only two weeks after Stuka joined our family. Although we certainly missed Elsa, we were somewhat occupied with an eight week old puppy in the house.
Stuka is gregarious, animated, and possesses a ready-for-anything attitude. His absence will be noticeable in our home, even if it’s only for 14 days. In the meantime, I remind myself that 1) I don’t have easy access to birds for training, and 2) putting a dog on birds several days in a row is far better than only on the weekends. Nonetheless, it will take some getting used to, but I know he will be a better bird dog for the experience.