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Chris Ellis shows off a pheasant alongside Loch, a friend’s flushing and retrieving dog, on a recent hunt in South Dakota.

I am in love with working dogs.

I am not certain of when it happened, or why I adore dogs that love to do their job, but I know for certain that I have a soft spot for them. Dogs that work cattle or sheep, hunting dogs, police dogs or service dogs — it doesn’t matter the breed to me. What matters is their dedication to their job, and the outlook and attitude they have when doing so appeals to me.

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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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