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Bird Dog by C.T. Davis

Deep chest, slim flank, great heart to stand the pace
And that unerring wizardry of scent
To trail the quarry in its secret place;
Power and cunning, speed and vision blent —
these are the immemorial gifts that came
Out of forgotten time’s unfathomed gulf;
These are the fierce ancestral fires and flame
Undimmed, unchanged still — Son of Wolf.
Grave eyes, grave bearing, dignity of kings;
The gentleness and trust of a child;
The flawless poise that veils old savage things
But half remembered from the vanished wild —
These are the kingly qualities that come
On unremembered fields where sports began;
This is the clear glow of a steady flame
Undimmed, unchanging still —Comrade of Man.

Lone Survivor_Lougheed
1955 National Champion Lone Survivor (Leon Covington). Painting by Robert Lougheed

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Strideaway is an online publication founded in 2008. We are dedicated to promoting the great sport of American pointing dog field trials, in particular American Field sanctioned trials for pointers and setters. Our objective is to present the voices and ideas of experienced trainers, handlers, breeders and other knowledgeable participants and enthusiasts from the past to the present — amateurs and professionals alike. Whether All-Age or Shooting Dog, Horseback or Walking Trials, we place particular emphasis on wild bird field trials and the dogs that compete in them. We present richly illustrated articles and stories, podcast interviews and other types of media on a regular basis with the hope of providing an ever expanding, searchable archive of information relevant to pointing dog field trials.Read article

This website is dedicated to our ever faithful friend and Strideaway contributor, Bill Allen, whose book The Unforgettables and Other True Fables we published in 2010.

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