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Archive: Fiction

A Runaway Christmas

Our best Christmas ever was painted by a runaway white and black “Commander” setter that Carl Jr. Duffield gave me. His name was “Nip”. Carl and I had a long, hilarious friendship that began when he… Read article

A Firing

Ben could not believe Red Cool’s telephone message, left for him with Joanne. Red had been fired as equine, canine and hunts manager of Bent Pine Plantation, a job he had held thirty years. Ben… Read article

A Too Familiar Story

“Ronny Eanes wants to see you and Dr. Sam together. I told him to come at 5 today,” Joanne said. “He say what for?” “Nope.” Ronny and his father were long-time partners in the bird… Read article

The Grouse Guide

For thirty years Harry Amburn had made two thirds of his income in October. Other months he worked as a wood cutter, a snow shaper on snowmobile trails, a Muskie guide, a fuel pumper at… Read article

Bad Idea

The scout William Jackson sat alone at the end of a bench munching barbecue chicken and canned green beans. It was during lunch break at the end-of-season championship in a piney woods state. Jackson was… Read article

The Chair

John and Mary White were brother and sister, children of Fred and Alice White, Ben Reach’s long time clients and friends. Fred had died five years ago, Alice a month ago. Ben was handling Alice’s… Read article

Put-Down Jake

Every wagon dog string needed one, few had one, all dog men wanted one. The One was a pointer or setter which, when quail were elusive, could be counted on to find and point some.… Read article

The Dark Side

Joanne came into Ben’s office right after he returned from lunch. “Two young men stopped in just after you went to lunch and asked to see you. They were bird dog folks I know from… Read article


Running Dog


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, Bill Allen who passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on January 25, 2022 at the age of 96. We will miss him but he left us the greatest of gifts, his wonderful writings in a book we published for the 3rd time in 2021: The Unforgettables and Other True Fables.

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