Masterpiece Smiles December 2018

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A Holiday Tradition Fit for a King

AND A HAWK, TOO

Hunting season is here!

it’s still a sight to behold. We’re all giddy to be hunting together, but King and Hawk are the happiest of all. While the experience of sharing a hunt together is all the reward we need, we always make use of the birds we bring home. An old hunting buddy of mine, who also happened to own a restaurant, handed over a recipe for pheasant that always graces our holiday table. Sharing a communal meal with loved ones is always memorable, but it’s doubly so when you’ve provided the centerpiece of the meal. Over the years, I think we’ve grown divorced from the source of our food. To many people, chicken breast is something that comes in a shrink-wrapped package, not something that comes from a living creature. When you hunt the game yourself, you’re well aware that a

There are plenty of universal signs that the holidays are coming. The days get shorter, the temperature gets cooler, and the Santa-themed commercials start to appear everywhere. But for my family, the real signal that the most wonderful time of the year is here is the start of quail- and pheasant-hunting season in Kansas. For as long as I can remember, my father took me hunting at the start of the season. Serendipitously, the opening day usually coincided with his birthday, giving us the perfect excuse to get away for a long weekend. I’ve passed the tradition on to my son Dane, who has introduced it to his son Forrest. Sharing one of my favorite childhood activities with my grandson is special beyond words. We’ve turned it into a bonding experience that spans four generations — and hopefully many more to come.

creature has given its life to provide you with sustenance. Honoring that sacrifice through respect and proper preparation is very important to us. This year, Dane and Forrest will be traveling from Boulder to join me on our yearly hunt. Between heading out and coming back, it will feel like the holidays have begun in earnest. Regardless of what we bring home, the trip is always a success, because it’s time spent doing something I enjoy with people I love.

And it’s not just the human members of our family that take part. We have two bird dogs, King and Hawk, who are integral to making the trip a success. Honestly, one of the most fun aspects

“TO BE ABLE TO SHARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES WITH MY GRANDSON IS SPECIAL BEYOND WORDS. WE’VE TURNED IT INTO A BONDING EXPERIENCE THAT SPANS FOUR GENERATIONS — AND HOPEFULLY MANY MORE TO COME.”

English pointer, King, the perfect hunting companion, the perfect pet!

-Dr. Jan L. Cobble Happy Holidays from everyone here at Masterpiece Smiles — and from King and Hawk, the most festive bird dogs on the planet. next time you’re in the office. The personal ways that we share the most wonderful time of the year are often the most cherished.

of every hunt is seeing how the

dogs react. They’ve taught themselves

Does your family have any unique traditions that you celebrate every year during the holidays? If so, I’d love to hear about them the

more about hunting through experience and intuition than I could’ve ever achieved through training. I guess it’s part of their DNA, but

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