Anderson: A young Labrador stood sentry

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2012 - 6:42 AM

Truly loved dogs, no matter the rigors of their work, will unfailingly throw themselves under a bus for their bosses.

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anders54Feb. 9, 1210:06 PM

The bond between hunters and their dog is unexplainable.

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fish60Feb. 10, 12 7:04 AM

I like the retriever trainers quote.

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rpaa0168Feb. 10, 12 8:18 AM

Dennis, your columns never cease to amaze me with the thought you put into words. This article is very, very good. As a fellow labrador retriever owner-there is no better companion in all the world.

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fishanhunt2Feb. 10, 12 9:21 AM

A very good but sad and tragic account Mr. Anderson. You wrote it well. One's heart goes out to the family for their loss in this difficult time. As a Labrador Retriever owner who has outlived 3 hunting dogs and currently has a 13 and 4 year old Lab, I would agree with you that a dog's love for their master is unconditional. An old quote form an unknown author said, "Only a dog will love their master more than they love themselves". As a person who has had the terrifying experience of having gone through the ice twice in my lifetime and survived? (Once trapping and once hunting.) I would encourage all to use extra discernment and caution when venturing out on the ice.

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whataboutmeFeb. 10, 1210:02 AM

I knew when I saw this headline it was going to be gut wrencher, and it was, be carefull out there

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lablover123Feb. 10, 1212:31 PM

An AMAZING man who loved his dog's as much as his family. A tragic loss for his family and friends and whole community!

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odinmanFeb. 10, 1212:46 PM

Dennis...tears came to my eyes when I read this. I have two terrier dogs (neither hunt) but they would also throw themselves under a bus for me if they had to. Anyway, thanks for putting life into perspective and keep up the great writing.

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chrjonesFeb. 10, 12 3:12 PM

So true and so well written. Heartfelt thoughts to the family. From a personal perspective my chocolate male is now 7, and it is incredible how loyal and devoted he is. As a small example last year I got into lake property and was putting a 25' vinyl tarp on my boat lift canopy for the first time, alone, in 25-35 mph gusty winds. For the entire time my Lab sat directly in front me on the shore for almost 2 hours, watching me intently, at times with a look on his face wondering how I could be so stupid to be trying to do this by myself given the conditions. And when I came on shore after finishing, he came up to me as if I just returned home from being at work all day, eager for a rub, pat on the back and some kind words. So I fed him dinner, took him for a walk and then fishing with me, where we were both very content.

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drinkwitzFeb. 10, 12 3:24 PM

This happened in my hometown and is devestating for those around there. The ice is very unsafe this year and people should use extreme caution. No fish is worth it!

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texas_technomanFeb. 10, 12 5:13 PM

Dennis, nice story....and it goes right to the heart of anyone who has a bond between them, and their dog. I have a Wire Haired Pointing Griffon....picked her up at 6 weeks and ever since she wants nothing more than to be by my side.....this story made me tear up.

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