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Matt Liere: Reflections

Standing behind the kitchen window, I sipped tentatively from a cup of morning coffee, watching a pair of roosters strut along the eastern side of the garden fence.

Rattlesnake avoidance clinic scheduled

The Spokane Bird Dog association is hosting a rattlesnake avoidance clinic on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Washington’s first Karelian Bear Dogs, credited with busting poachers and saving kittens, die

Two of Washington’s most famous and accomplished employees died in 2018: Mishka and Cash, the Karelian Bear Dogs.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Old dog will hunt: Pointer, 13, still hot on the trail

His muzzle is gray. His joints are sore, and he is undeniably in the twilight of his days. But Cash, our 13-year-old German wire-haired pointer, still has the drive to …

A hunting dog paradise in Spokane’s backyard

The hunting dogs ranged from rookies to champs on a recent training day organized by the Spokane Bird Dog Association on a little piece of dog heaven near Medical Lake.

End of season is bittersweet day for bird dogs

My old English setter was melted into his dog bed Tuesday morning. He was stiff but fulfilled from closing out Washington’s upland bird hunting season Monday afternoon with a nose …

Ambassadors brighten future for Scotchman Peak mountain goats

The future for mountain goats on North Idaho’s Scotchman Peak is brighter, thanks to “goat ambassadors” who have been hiking the popular trail to educate hikers on avoiding contact with …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska’s Iditarod

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials …

De-skunking your dog: be prepared with a kit

Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared …

Tips on safe traveling with man’s best friend

Field dogs do their part on a road trip by being good listeners, taking the blame for occasional foul odors in the cab and being eager for any hiking, hunting, …

Ammi Midstokke: The brown dog reaches adolescence

The only thing more obnoxious than a parent who thinks their kids are infallible is a dog owner blind to the grievances of their dog. Thank goodness both my child …

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.

Hiker with dog has close wolf encounter in North Idaho

I’d planned a July day hike with my dog along a North Idaho stream for a good dose of outdoor exercise and a cool respite from the summer heat. The …

Reader Photo: Dog days of summer fishing

Benjamin Read and his dog, Piton, stay cool while wet wading to fish at a North Idaho lake.

Rich Landers: Washington State vet helps bird dog owners get over hump on neutering

To neuter or not to neuter? Our family has pondered this decision six times and it still sinks my wife into a bog of anxiety, at least in the case …

Field Reports: Chukar Challenge event for all gun dog breeds

The annual hunting dog event that pits flushers against pointers is set for June 9, hosted by the Spokane Bird Dog Association. It’s all in the name of good times, …

Ammi Midstokke: Dog parenthood for beginners

I have never had a dog. I seem like a dog sort of person, what with all my outdoorsing and needing Lassie to fetch help. I grew up with dogs …

Loose-running dogs in parks haunt abiders of county leash law

People who let their dogs run loose with them in the Dishman Hills have prompted at least one neighbor to hike the trails packing bear spray – and sometimes a …

Dog attack leaves former county commissioner packing protection

Being a Spokane County commissioner didn’t give Mark Richard any special protection from a terrifying encounter with off-leash dogs.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.

Alaskan huskies bred for all-around sledding performance

The Alaskan husky used by most dog mushers in Alaska isn’t really a breed, at least not in the way kennel clubs think of pedigree.

Spokane skier, dogs qualify for world skijoring championships

A Spokane nordic skier and his dogs have qualified for the big-leagues of skijoring.

Ranked Washington rivals may divide families more than politics

Joyce Schroeder threw on her robe and hurried outside in below freezing temperatures to grab the morning newspaper. It was Nov. 20, 1976, the day the Washington State Cougars would …

Duck stamp reflects Clarkston woman’s hunting, birding and artistic talent

The work of a Clarkston, Washington, woman will be in the wallets of thousands of sportsmen in Delaware next fall.

Out & About: Hunting dog clubs organize for more clout

Sporting dog clubs in Washington are joining under a new umbrella group to have a stronger statewide voice, especially in maintaining public areas to train and trial their dogs.

Dog finds religion in standoff with praying mantis

A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.

In brief: Coyotes hassling dogs on South Hill bluff

Coyotes are reportedly menacing dogs – mostly unleashed dogs – along the South Hill bluff trails below High Drive.

Rich Landers: Puppy training challenges hunter in pursuit of perfect bird dog

Our biological clocks spare most 60-something couples from the life-changing accident of producing another offspring. This is nature’s way of protecting mature adults from torturous sleepless nights, potty training and …

Rainbow of gun dog breeds turns out for Chukar Challenge

This time a Lab won the grand prize.

Karelian bear dogs condition wildlife, bag poachers while charming public

Barking at bears, romping through the forest, sniffing for poaching evidence, getting petted by a child and maybe cooling off with a swim in the Pend Oreille River…. It’s all …