It’s been my experience dedicated sixgunners, especially those with more than a little gray in their beard, have several attributes in common. Of course, one is the fact we all appreciate fine handguns, with fine being defined as any sixgun or semi-auto which functions 100 percent reliably, always goes bang when the trigger is pulled, and shoots to point of aim. Fit and finish are definitely important, but can be overshadowed by function. Old sixgunners are also enthralled by fighter planes of World War II, classic cars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and dogs of virtually every description. When it comes to the latter, I’ve had everything from litter runts, to mutts of unknown heritage, and even purebreds. No matter what their ancestry, all dogs often put humans to disgrace when it comes to loyalty and unconditional love.
Like every boy growing up I had many dogs, and as I married and the kids came along, we made sure they also experienced the love of dogs. There is something inbred in dogs of every type which especially makes them protective of young kids and women.
I always wanted to have a pair of large purebred dogs and this goal was achieved in 1995 with Red and Wolf. We got them as 6-week-old Malamute puppies and they grew to be huge, lovable and gentle dogs — except when they were in their protective mode. The grandkids could do anything to those dogs, and my youngest granddaughter was especially attracted to them, with one usually being found on each side of her.
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