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Remy locks up on point as he spots a ruffed grouse tail, which is tethered to a clear fishing line controlled by the handler. Photographer: Erin Shoberg

Open Season: This new dog owner learning right along with pup

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The first time we saw the puppy, my wife, Erin, and I knew he was ours.

It was late June, and we were at Top Shelf Kennels in Horace, N.D. - just south and left of the blinking stoplight on Sheyenne. Owner Jeff Jalbert, whom I had corresponded with via e-mail for a week, welcomed us down to check out his remaining four male German wirehaired pointer puppies left from a 12-pup litter.

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