For the second week of my blog I chose to focus on the topic of bird hunting in Southern Minnesota. Each post outlined one of the two types of bird hunting, upland and migratory waterfowl. I also added a short excerpt on the importance of dogs as a companion and tool during the hunt. For my author analyzation I have chosen to look at the works of Bret Wonnacott and his blog Setter Tails and Mallard Curls. He aims to represent the importance of his best friend-an English Setter-during the hunt.
Overview of the Blog Post: Snaps! the Luckiest Pup Ever!
Bret starts by describing a day of grouse hunting that did not go well with his new pups Snaps and Tic. He sets the mood by describing his situation as gloomy and depressing. He sets the scene while traversing a rough back road, “Negative thoughts filled my mind while the truck bounced down the rough mountain road heading toward home” (Wonnacott, 1). He stops along an opening in a forest to give his new pup snaps a quick second chance, immediately they spot a bird that is sitting in the open. It took the dog a fair amount of time to locate the bird but when he was able to the hunter took the opportunity to take a picture of his dog at a point rather than shoot the bird. He described laughter and a sense of pride for his dog. The act of photographing his dog at point for the first time rather than taking an easy opportunity for a kill shows where his priorities lie. He describes his feelings here, “Chills ran through my core as I roughed the pup’s ears up yelling, “Good boy! Good boy, Snaps! Good boy!” over and over”. As the author heads back to his truck he continues to praise his dog and vividly describes what he is feeling.
What I learned from the reading…
The author was able to provoke a lot of feelings of emotion and pride for a dog that I have never had a connection with, and through the writing I felt a sense of pride for the dog. He did a very good job of relating to other dog owners and the ups and downs of training a new bird dog. What I enjoyed most about the reading was the uses of creative language like similes, “Snaps hit the ground like a clown working for the crowd”. It kept the reader entertained and made the reading feel shorter and easier to read. He also chose not to hide the bad part of his day when his new pups struggled and failed to locate birds. In the end it only makes the ending better when Snaps is finally able to point his first bird. Through my blog I have tried to portray the hunter as “the good guy” and during the story’s climax when he chose to take a picture rather than shoot the bird really tied into my theme.