That dog don’t hunt.
The same could be said about all of the Wayward Dogs, even though two of them are, presumably, retrievers.
Under the care of other people, golden boy Luke and the very black lab-like Charlie Machete might have been OK hunting dogs. Both have a powerful drive to chase birds and bunnies, and they’re not unwilling to give up something they have in their mouths if you ask. (The elderpin, on the other hand, has a mouth like a steel trap – with some missing teeth.)
But, alas, of the Wayward Dogs are gun shy and, I’m sure, too old to be trained for hunting, even if we wanted them to.
These facts, however, do not stop me from eagerly prowling the pet section at Cabela’s – a sporting goods chain that began in my home state of Nebraska.
Actually, I’m kind of obsessed with checking out what the hunters and adventurers who shop there buy for their dogs. Products for hunters and hunting dogs are designed to be durable and weather-resistant.
While much of the pet selection at Cabela’s doesn’t interest me at all – the in-ground fencing systems and electric training collars, for example – some things positively intrigue me.
Highly-reflective, light-up collars, GPS trackers and doggy backpacks – these are the items I drool over in the regular pet aisle and then dig for in the the clearance section, an entire room at the back of the store known as the Bargain Cave.
So far, I haven’t been able to snag a deal on any of the hot items mentioned above, but I have found some steals.
This heavy duty dog bed cover cost $10.77.
Charlie Machete’s new neoprene vest was only $11. (Regular price: $44.99)
Why the vest? Charlie Machete doesn’t have a very thick coat.
The neoprene vest, which can actually be trimmed for a custom fit for your dog, can help keep his core warm on cold winter walks (worked well last night) and prevent his underside from turning into mud city when conditions are soggy.
And, no, the camo pattern doesn’t bother me. It’s actually fun to walk through the woods while he’s wearing it. And it looks good with his new Cinnamon pattern waggiwear collar.