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Dog of the Day: “Simon”

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Simon-Marley is six-years-old and entering his sixth season of pheasant hunting with his owner Richard Sanders of Prescott, Wisconsin. Since his first retrieve as a six-month-old puppy in North Dakota, Sanders says he and his friends have taken more than 4,000 birds over “Simon” in wild and hunting preserve conditions. “He’s a big baby,” Sanders says of his 90 lb. yet trim golden retriever, “He just tortures the landscape, is hard-charging, indefatigable. But around the house and the fireplace, he’s just a big red baby boy, just a big sap who loves attention!  Just a sweetheart!   I love him to death!”  Simon is the first golden Sanders has ever owned.  “My knees went out from under me in about 2007 and I had just lost two fabulous big old Labs, so I opted for ‘The Old Man’s Dog,’ a Golden Retriever. I am here to say, Simon gives up nothing to the biggest, hardest charging Lab I have ever had.”

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