>>>Some of these groups are so distinct now that
different jargons of dog speak and cannot understand each other's
and standards. One has to work with diligence to be conversant
show, trial, testing and hunting enthusiasts. After years of
discussing dog anatomy and behavior with AKC (show) judges I have given up
trying to understand what they want or why they want it and they certainly
don't understand anything about working gun dogs and their breed
It is the same
situation here. There is no use for the owner of a working dog to try to discuss
dogs with the show folks. In addition those who runs German versatiles are more
"game oriented" while those who runs British breed are more interested in speed,
style and ground coverage. Still the funny thing is that we know of none who
runs German versatile breeds here in Sweden while we know hundreds of
people running pointers, setters, Labradors and spaniels. You seldom see
those breeds working together and the British pointing birddogs and the
German versatiles meet once a year only in a field trial to see who is the best.
In average they are equally good. We live in different words, its as simple
When I was a
child, I had learned to read and understand what I read well, I could have been
say between 8 - 14 years old (around 1956 - 1962). I was very interested in
animals and biology. My parents bought me all kinds of books about the subject.
One of my favourite authors was a young Austrian scientist with the name
Hans Hass. Before and during the WW2 he and a few other young fellows spent a
lot of time diving in different tropical waters and doing research with very
simple means and with a very low budget. For example they had no diving gear but
were free-diving and lived in one tent and had a laboratory in another.
Hans Hass was a
fantastic writer and I enjoyed his books immensely. A few years later girls and
motorcycles caught my interest for some years. However I have now and then
thought about this man and what he and his companions did far before Costae was
even born I believe. Their underwater work was so primitive and pioneering and
they obviously had a lot of fun and also took many dangerous risks in the name
of the science.
Some days ago I got the great idea of searching him on the net and found
It seems like he is still more or less alive
and have done a lot of opndering during the decades that has passed since
we met last.
I also found an old book (in Swedish) when they
were on the Caribbean sea reefs on some book site and ordered
Borta Med Vindens Kennel
"Ask not what your dog can do for you.
what you can do for your dog."www.rospigan.net