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The author's dog overlooks a cliff as he watches hunters work a draw near Dickinson, N.D. for pheasants. Tyler Shoberg / West Fargo Pioneer

The good, the badlands, and the ugly dogs

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Remy's tail wagged fervently as he worked the ground ahead. A strong breeze from the west pushed scent perfectly in his direction, and the 19-month-old pup used it to his advantage.

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"Good boy," I said. "Find the birds."

Although young, Remy has picked up on the English language in fairly short order. In contrast, it took his owner much longer to decipher tail language; to know the difference between "I'm just a happy hunting dog" and "bird!"

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