Dear Mabel,

Suffering the blues in the off-season.

I don’t even know where to start. I don’t even know how to explain it to you. One month, we were all go-go-go, making it happen, going out all the time. Then overnight, nothing. Literally overnight.
It’s not you, it’s me. Okay, maybe that’s not totally true. If I could get away with it, we’d still be going out, but I mean, there are rules. How do I explain to you that the reason you are sitting at home instead of going out all the time is because it’s just that time of year? Yeah, the ice and the snow is depressing. It’s February, you know, that longest-shortest worst month of the year, a month so bad they had to put a love holiday in there with chocolates and roses just so we didn’t all drink poison? I know you are depressed. I am too. Crushed. Sad. I hope we can remain friends. Please forgive me. It’s not over, is it? I don’t want it to be over. Please tell me it’s not over. But I gotta take a break. We gotta take a break. Those are the rules. I promise we will start up again on the first day of September. Until then, try to forgive me and please don’t leave me. I love everything about you. We’re a team. Don’t give up on “us.”
Love, Tom

Author: Tom Reed

Four English setters tell me what to do.

5 thoughts on “Dear Mabel,”

  1. Mabel has such unique markings and color. (Non-setter guys probably think she just looks like the rest of ’em.) I always find myself pausing a little longer whenever you post photos of her. Out of curiosity, where’d she come from? What line?

  2. I have had several Ryman setters.
    They have all been natural hunters and loyal partners.
    When walking my most recent in the city, people would stop their cars,
    and comment on her beauty.

  3. That’s great. I’ve never had a reason to go to another kennel. They do it for me, particularly this Llewellin line outcross. All of the dogs I’ve had from their kennels have been great and have all-day, day-after-day endurance.

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