sameyer's post about his new Setter pup triggered a memory about a series of dog stories that I loved as a kid by Jim Kjelgaard. Big Red, Irish Red, and Outlaw Red were about Irish Setters, and Stormy about a Black Lab but all were wonderful stories about misfit adolescent boys and misfit dogs that somehow fit well together. Loyalty, love, honor, and woodsmanship all played a central role in the story...and there was a fair amount of bird hunting too.
I still have my old copy of Stormy. If any of you gents have a kid inyour life you likes to read and the outdoors I highly recommend Mr. Kjelgaard's works. He wrote numerous dog stories but those are the four I read.
I was a member of the Scholastic Book Club in grade school where kids could buy paperbacks cheap and they'd get delivered at a school. I don't know if that program still exists but I sure got a ton of books out of it.