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Gypsy Journal RV: Jim the wonder dog

From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal RV.

Forget Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. In the pleasant small town of Marshall, Mo., we learned the story of what has to be the most amazing canine of all time, Jim the Wonder Dog. And unlike those movie hero dogs, Jim was real, even if his accomplishments seem the stuff of Hollywood fiction.

Jim was a Llewellyn English Setter that came from a long line of champion hunting dogs. He was given as a gift to Samuel VanArsdale, who operated the Ruff Hotel. VanArsdale was an avid hunter, and he quickly bonded with his new puppy.

Jim was taken to well known dog trainer Ira Irvine, who quickly determined that the young dog was never going to be a good hunter. Jim refused to be trained. While the other dogs were being taught to find and retrieve birds, he just lay under a tree and watched. The dog trainer suggested VanArsdale give Jim to a family who just wanted a pet and look for another hunting dog. But on Jim’s first hunt, he quickly proved that he had learned well after all. He immediately came to point on a quail, held his position until the bird was shot, and then retrieved it, dropping the dead bird in his master’s hand.

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