The trouble with dogs

There's no such thing as a free hunting dog, even if the transaction involves nothing more than a handshake.

Updated: February 27, 2003, 7:50 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
Backroads with Ron & Raven

The first hunting dog I ever owned cost me $20. That's not a large amount of money unless you're 12 years old, which I was. It meant my first dog meant going into debt. Little did I know, decades later, I'd still be making the payments.

No matter what the newspaper ads say, free puppies and dogs are like free lunches. There's no such thing.

My own venture into dog debt began with Taffy, a light blonde Cocker Spaniel with a great nose for birds, cockle burrs and fresh cow pies in which ...

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The trouble with dogs