SEASON'S BELLE: A LABRADOR RETRIEVER'S FIRST YEAR
Author: Bob Butz
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, May 2002
Meet Belle, a pretty female yellow Lab that instantly captured Bob's heart & fulfilled his requirements to a "T". A year in the life of a Labrador retriever with engaging text. Photos by Lee Thomas Kjos. 100 full-color photos; 8x10 inches, 160 pages.
In the fall of the year 2000, diehard Lab enthusiast Bob Butz knew it was time to start another pup that would someday take over for his hard-charging veteran gun dog, Harper. He turned to Candlewood Kennels' founder Mary Howley, who is arguable the most successful breeder of field Labs in the country. Bob wanted a dog with classic conformation and excellent hunting ability, but one that wouldn't be as demanding and challenging to handle and train as Harper.
In these pages, you'll meet Belle, a pretty female yellow Lab that instantly captured Bob's heart and fulfilled his requirements to a "T". You'll be anxious as you ford a swollen spring stream with her, laugh as she makes her first water retrieve, gasp as she flushes a planted pigon and goes airborne after it. You'll bask in the quiet moments, too, when owner and dog simply soak up sights, sounds, and smells afield, both enjoying the special bond that so typifies Labs and their handlers.
Collaborating with Lee Thomas Kjos, who is widely recognized as the nation's foremost photographer of retrievers, author Butz describes Belle's development through each of the four seasons in her first year. His words are wonderfully evocative and descriptive, and they are brought alive, in brilliant color, by Kjos's creative images.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Bob Butz is a former senior editor of Retriever Journal.
Lee Thomas Kjos is a dog photographer of national renown from Travers City, Michigan, whose work has been published in Cabela's popular Lab calendars.