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Shown here is Blue, the columnist’s mountain feist hunting dog.

My past year has been very busy in the dog-training department. I have exceeded my allotted time and budgetary obligations towards the project, and I am starting to second-guess taking on such a large in-house venture.

Well, to be honest, I’ve also kind of enjoyed it. Ask any dog-loving family about the joys and trials of the puppy phase, and I am sure you will hear some wishy-washy language from them as well.

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Chris Ellis is a veteran of the outdoors industry. His book “Hunting, Fishing and Family from The Hills of West Virginia” is available at . Contact him at

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