Well, I found out this weekend that my beagle will not retreive doves. He will sniff them all over and loves to lick the feathers but won't put it in his mouth until the feathers are off! How disappointing this is. Well, I didn't expect much from him since he can't evn smell a rabbit trail when one has just run in front of him. If he sees it he is all over it otherwise he would rather chase crickets, grasshoppers and birds that get to close to his runner. Anyone remember the "BEN" cartoons from I think it was in Field & Stream magazine? This beagle of my wife's has always reminded me of Ben. If you are familiar with Ben you will know what I mean. Although Ben was supposed to be a 'hunting retreiver' he always reminded me of sort of a beagle. Oh well. I am not even going to talk about the crazy poor excuse for a lab that I runs and hides when she sees the gun.