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Common Ground — Puppies are great, minus the wait

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter There’s an old saying, a watched dog never gives birth. It came from the annals of amateur breeders who fret and fawn over their beloved pregnant pets and experienced the science-defying slowness of … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Crisis can stink as a learning experience

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter Sometimes it takes a crisis to learn things about one’s true character. For instance, one time I was visiting a friend who was working late at her office one night. It was getting … Continue reading

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Setting new expectations — Game’s afoot in life with sporting dogs

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter There’s nothing like walking into the house to see the place ransacked and the remnants of a loaf of bread next to your 100-pound Irish setter. If it had been one of the … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Inner potato — Spud tendencies take root

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter My eyes were puffy, my lips were chapped and my skin was wind-burned. The past month had been a fishing gauntlet, whether it was for the ice-fishing derby or just for fun. All … Continue reading

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Playing the game — Normalcy is for the dogs

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter Normally, the weirdest thing Parker does is lick the walls. She’s an English setter so she’s very sensitive. If you tell her not to lick the walls she goes into a severe depression … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Duck, duck, loose terminology

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter An unquestioned law of the waterfowling world requires that any given duck has more than one name. The descriptions of a particular duck change not because the duck has changed, but depend on … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Mixed up mashup — It’s all good for gravy

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter I had been mashing the potatoes for 30 minutes and they were still lumpy. It seemed ridiculous that this kind of strenuous mashing would not result in smooth potatoes. I picked up the … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Call of the mild — Summoning ducks not as easy as it sounds

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter Learning how to call ducks seems fairly simple. Like the harmonica, the duck call is a wind instrument that is said to be easy, cheap and sound great. When I heard the first … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Quack psychology — Know the mind of your quarry

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter It’s good for a duck hunter to know what ducks are thinking, I was told. What I needed to do was, “Be where they wanted to be,” and, “Know where they wanted to … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Dogs teaching owner new learning tricks

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter A chocolate Labrador was my gateway dog. From there, my hunting dog family expanded to include a few more chocolate Labs, some English setters and an Irish setter. At first, I thought one … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Condition Red — Combat fishing instigates fight or flight-from-crowds tendencies on the Russian

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter It was 2 a.m. when we pulled into the parking lot at the Russian River. “Maybe the crowds won’t be so bad,” my fishing partner had said, and that sounded logical to me. … Continue reading

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Common Ground: Halibut fishing for chickens — Navigating a brave new world of fish terminology

By Christine Cunningham, for the Redoubt Reporter There were plenty of fish being caught, but they were all small. “Chicken halibut” is what they’re called, although the origin of the term is hardly known. The definition is “a small halibut.” … Continue reading

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