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I just published the first rewards post for my Premium Members. It can be only accessed through subscription.

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I have made some adjustments to my Patreon page. I am now setting up a $1.00 per month pledge amount to get my anomalous white weasel to a taxidermist. Samples will be taken from the weasel for DNA extraction purposes to see exactly why it turned white, which is pretty unusual for any mustelid found in West Virginia.

As a reward for your support, I am now planning a monthly chat room for any patreon who pledges $1.00 or more per month. On the last Friday of the month, I will hold an open chat room for patreons. This will start the last Friday in May 2015, which is May 29.

If you would like to make a single donation to the blog, just go through this page and click the “Donate” button to send it via PayPal.

“Get my weasel stuffed for science” is a pretty strange campaign, but it fits, eh?

Every bit you give helps me produce new content, and I do appreciate all my readers and subscribers, whether you can give or not.

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Become my Patreon!


I have decided to launch a Patreon page for this site. I have been writing this blog for several years now, and I now want to push it to the next level.  I have set four goals for this blog over the next few months:  buy podcast equipment,  buy a telephoto lens for my SLR camera,  and buy some better quality trail cameras.

For every monthly pledge of $25.00 or more, I will send you signed copy of the above photograph, which was taken on the coldest day of 2015. Just allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

If you would like to make a one-time contribution, just use my Paypal account:

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This blog now has 1,000 followers. One of which is me, so we really have 999.  But not too shabby.


This means I’m INTERNET FAMOUS now!

internet famous

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Follow me on Twitter

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Just go to https://twitter.com/retrievermantwi

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Click here to hear me tawk!

And make fun of my hillbilly accent…


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my promo photo

Yep. I’m going to be interviewed by Fred Kray of Pit Bulletin Legal News this Tuesday (June 3) at 8 PM EDT.

I’m scheduled to be on at 8:30.

So click here to check it out!

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Maddie has gone to ground

16-year-old Madeleine has passed.  She was a Jack Russell belonging to my aunt and uncle in North Carolina.


She was born in Arizona to English parents.

And she was the mother of three litters of pups, and she was a great surrogate mother to both Cammie and Rhodie and to Willie.

And she was good dog.

When she would come to West Virginia to visit, she could be trusted off-lead, and she was very close friends with Kizzy, the golden boxer. I remember watching young Maddie follow the big black dog around as if she were something to be admired and emulated.

I also remember stocking pheasants with Maddie. I couldn’t get them out of the quail cages fast without her trying to grab the bird as it came out.

She was a good dog. She was generally gentle and well-behaved, but if another dog trifled with her or one of the puppies she was caring for, she would fight like a small grizzly bear. I remember when Willie was a small puppy, another Jack Russell tried to pick on him, but Maddie would have nothing of it. She sailed on the other dog, who was a male JRT and somewhat larger than she, and soon had him routed.

I will miss her.

She is the last of that dynasty of Jack Russells that I came to know in my teenage years. They were not these hard-driving, game dogs of the JRTCA-type, which are much more common around here. These were dogs that were scrappy, but they were still good companions.

She is sort of the end of an era.


Many Jack Russells from England have a bit of other blood in them. I’ve always suspected that she had a bit of border terrier in her– just from her head shape and her hard, thick coat. When she was younger, she had the border terrier’s markings, too.

That’s the thing about “Jack Russells,” there is still of lot of anarchy among them.

But even now, they are slowly turning into closed registry breeds.

Both Cammie and Rhodie are technically “Russell terriers,” a breed that didn’t even exist until just a few years ago. In the 1990’s, they would have both been called Jack Russells.

Maddie lost her eye to glaucoma a few years ago, which made her look particularly vicious.

But I will always remember her gentle face and tenderness with young puppies.

maddie smiling

It doesn’t matter if they live to be 16 years old.

Dogs just don’t live long enough.

Please keep my aunt and uncle and their two daughters in your thoughts this week.

This is absolutely devastating.


Maddie’s final resting place will be next to her mate, the much celebrated and perhaps legendary Timmy.







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5,000 posts!

This is the 5,000th post!




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4 million

high point

According my stat counter, this blog will have crossed the 4 million hit mark within the next hour or so.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and subscribing to my work.

It’s been a lot of work. I have put my heart and soul into this project over the years.

I’ve learned a lot.

And I appreciate you for indulging me.

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