While I’m Getting Settled…

April 17, 2012

I dunno.  After spending the weekend driving 34 hours with a 2 hr nap, and then rolling out bright-and-early this morning, I was bound to be a little punchy.

Hunting in this condition?  Notsomuch.

But playing with the guitar and the video camera?  Too punchy to be inhibited, and still wired enough to want to be creative, you never know what might come out.  Stuff like this?


11 Responses to “While I’m Getting Settled…”

  1. Joshua on April 17th, 2012 07:11

    Great stuff! I’m not sure, but I think you just might have a water dog there. As in, part otter – look at that great tail!

    Now, two questions, because I’m behind:

    How old is Iggy? And, is that for Pop?

  2. Phillip on April 17th, 2012 08:26

    Hey, Josh.

    Yeah, he’s definitely a water dog. I took him for his first swim the last time we were down here, and after a moment’s trepidation, he was all about it!

    Iggy is short for “Igneous Rock”, but we do call him Iggy Pup (or Igs, or damn dog, sumbitch, and various other appellations). He’s four months old and gaining fast.

  3. Joshua on April 17th, 2012 09:42

    Igneous Rock. Are you a rockhound? My brother-in-law and his wife are both geologists, professors at Bryn Mawr.

    Iggy Pup is awesome; I feel kinda stupid I hadn’t thought of that.

  4. Phillip on April 17th, 2012 10:47

    LOL… no, not rockhounds. And Kat gets the credit/blame for the name. It’s just that he’s black and hard-headed, and neither Obsidian nor Basalt sounded quite right.

  5. Joshua on April 17th, 2012 13:48

    Dang, I need to hang out with you two more often – your wordplay is great.

    I just got a five month old spaniel mix pup (though she looks reeally spaniel-ly to me). Perhaps in a couple of years we can hunt them together. I’ve got it! We can meet halfway, at Steven Bodio’s place.

  6. NorCal Cazadora on April 17th, 2012 17:09

    Awesome! Very goofy. I could use a goofy puppy at the moment.

  7. Phillip on April 17th, 2012 18:16

    There are times when we all could use a goofy puppy. Personally, I’m not sure I could picture life without one… even when it becomes a goofy old dog.

    How are you, these days? Busy, I’d imagine.

  8. Joshua on April 17th, 2012 22:34

    Phillip, have you been reading HIppo on the Lawn’s blog? There’s been a lot of dog talk there, lately – though pretty sad right now.

    Holly, my puppy has siblings, and they all looked birdy and happy! Plus, they are flat-out gorgeous dogs.

  9. David on April 18th, 2012 18:26

    I know this is about a dog…but I can think of some people this song may apply to.

  10. Greg C on April 19th, 2012 13:02

    Are you training him Phillip? Looks like he found himself a wallow of his own! What do you think about an article on dog training for pig?

  11. Phillip on April 19th, 2012 14:32

    Greg, I’m training him for birds. I don’t really do the hog dog thing. Nothing against the folks who do, by any means, but it’s not my favorite thing.

    That said, I’ve mentioned here before that my last lab nearly turned into a pig dog by accident. Took him on a pig hunt as a pup, and let him nibble on scraps while we skinned and dressed a few pigs. Also brought him up with me to Native Hunt when I was guiding, so he got a pretty good snoutful of pig scent. Then one day on a quail hunt, he went on “point” on a pig trail. I told him to “get it”, just to see what he’d do, and he took off on the trail with his head to the ground. I don’t think it takes a lot to get a pig dog to do what comes naturally.

    I’ll have to ask around, and see if I can get one of my friends who raises and trains hog dogs to speak up about training techniques. I am far, far from being an expert.