A Hunting We Will Go

December 4 | 1 Comment

Gun control. I’m all for it, especially if I’m the one controlling it.

Put guns in the wrong paws and bad things are bound to happen. Take for instance this yellow lab from Oregon. He decides to go out duck hunting with his owner before taking a gun safety course.

Or so he would have you believe.

If you ask me, that’s the type of thing you’d expect from a cat, not a lovable canine; and certainly not an intelligent one like a labarador.

That’s why I think there’s more than meets the nose here.

Read the story by Brad Schmidt from The Oregonian.

A 23-year-old man accidentally shot with his 12-gauge shotgun Saturday on the Tillamook Bay isn’t upset with the culprit — his dog.

The bizarre incident sent Matthew Marcum to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, where he was recovering Sunday with injuries to his legs and buttocks.

Marcum was standing in the bay Saturday morning, about to tie up an 11-foot open aluminum boat, when his 3-year-old Labrador, Drake, jumped into the boat and set off the gun, his Father, Henry Marcum, said Sunday. The blast blew a hole in the boat before hitting Marcum.

Matthew and his 20-year-old brother had yet to begin duck hunting when the shooting occurred. Henry Marcum said the safety on the shotgun was set, and he suspects the dog’s paw knocked it to the off position.

Knowing labs the way I do, Drake was probably pissed Marcum didn’t bring a tennis ball. If so, his owner had it coming.


One Response to “A Hunting We Will Go”

  1. Freckles on March 17th, 2009 9:57 pm

    Well, I think this Labrador was trying to teach his owner empathy. Does he know how the birdsducks feel when they are shot? No. Labs are natural teachers (I know, I live with 4 of them). Now that young man will know what he is putting those little poor defenseless duckies through.

    I have personally rescued some baby birds, so I am a known bird/fowl advocate. I like all small critters, but unlike my fellow JRTs, not to chase & kill. I rescue them.

    PS The dog’s name is DRAKE for pete’s sake!


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