Conservation Guy; I can't thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. My slapping some wood together is about all I can do to show appreciation. My sons are just starting but I know they are surrounded by true warriors for the most part. I don't know that I am a "class act" but I am a grateful American.
I would hope that one say I would be able to venture your way on a hunt. I have a lot of family on my father side in Maine, however for some reason my travels have not taken me that way. If we do come I would take you and your upland GSP up on a hunt. I would love to expose your shivering short haired dog to the likes of the great Chesapeake Bay Retriever (a.k.a. Brown Dog). If nothing else we would enjoy watching the dogs box to see who is tougher while we sat back and drank a beer cheering them on.
Be strong by friend and enjoy the hunt and your dog.