Up North with Gary Talarico – April 2009

Gary Talarico is an Editor at Fish and Game Finder Magazine.  His monthly column, “Up North”, can be enjoyed by picking up a copy of this great magazine at any store that offers fishing, hunting or outdoor products, or by downloading it from their website.

I want a man dog.  The kind of pal that likes to go for rides in the pickup.  A dog that goes gaga over a partridge in the fall aspens.  I want a dog that likes to sneak onto your lap while you’re watching the Red Wings win The Cup.  I know.  I know.  I am just plain partial to the Winged Wheel.  Sorry Buckeyes, Hoosier or Cheesehead types.

Back to my dream dog.  There are lots of great dogs that fit the description but my wife has a requirement that I better heed or I will be mending my own clothes like back in my bachelor days.  I must say though, my sewing skills first learned in sailor boot camp have kept my clothes functional, if not downright stylish, over the first four decades of my life.  Navy guys learn early to mend their own clothes, we are not like the groundpounders who find the most feminine of their group to do the sewing.  Before all you soldiers loudly protest, it’s just what I heard!  Well, my darling says my new puppy can’t shed.  I guess it’s a rule if you own more than 10 bolts of fabric.  Since my wife’s fabric bolt count rivals my fishing lure total I have to listen.  As a guy I never thought about not getting a dog because he sheds.  Heck, if you look in our shower you know that somebody in the house heavily sheds.  For the record, I usually keep my hair cropped close.  Not so much for vanity reasons, I just sweat alot.  You shouldn’t get rid of your wife because she sheds, right?  I mean, if my dog sheds after he moves in, what then?  Don’t they make some sort of brush or vacuum for doggie hair?  I am sure I could train my ‘ol hair hater to use such a device.

So this is my dilemma.  I guess there are a couple of options but they have names not usually associated with manly men like me.  Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Gladyouradoodle, where does it end?  I heard of the latest breed to be recognized, a cross between a Jack Russell terrier and a Shih Tzu.  The problem is they tend to have a inferiority complex.  So what am I going to do?  I want a man dog.

Don’t forget that a new fishing license is now due as of April 1st.  This is great time to also pick up some new hooks and such.  This action alone will help get the economy rolling again.  The new items will then motivate you to get out the tackle box and clean & organize, sharpen hooks and just plain fondle the wares in anticipation of the next opener of your fancy.





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