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The Unforgettables and Other True Fables

The Unforgettables and Other True Fables. The long awaited for 3rd edition of this book is back in our store! Here’s what renown sporting dog writer Tom Davis has to say about Bill Allen’s marvelous memoir:

As an evocation of a time and place — Allen’s milieu is the bird dog/field trial world roughly from 1940 to 1980 — this book has few equals. The legends are here, yes, but so too are the rogues and rascals, and Allen brings them to life in all their warty glory. His essay “Class!” is perhaps the definitive statement on that most elusive and desirable of qualities in a bird dog, while “Vick’s Hotel” is a powerful memoir of growing up in the ferociously segregated South — and learning an enduring lesson about the value of a man’s dignity. If you’re a dog person of any stripe, you need to read this book.

Tom Davis, Sporting Classics

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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, 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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