The old man sipped on his third cup of coffee and stared intently out the kitchen window. His bird dog lay at his feet. Memories drifted through his mind as he watched the sun rise over the trees bordering the training field.
He daydreamed of seasons past, old hunting partners and long-departed gun dogs. The spell was broken when the dogs in the kennel out back began howling. The front door swung open and his 16-year-old grandson stomped into the room. “Hi grandpa,” he exclaimed, “Ready to go?”
The old man and the boy had hunted ruffed grouse together many times, but today’s hunt would prove to be special. It was New Year’s Day and grandpa had promised the lad a special gift six days earlier.