>“Good covey dogs are, as Lincoln said of Civil War generals, ‘as plenty as blackberries.’ Hardy, spirited rangers that will put up whatever there is to put up, and give you your money’s worth day in and day out. That is in good bird country.
But if you are ever fortunate enough to get your hands on a real single-bird dog, don’t forget to say your prayers regularly. It’s the only thing I’d steal without the slightest compunction of conscience–a really good one.
For a covey dog, give me a pointer–stamina, dash, derring-do. For a singles dog, give me a setter–patient, thoroughness, precision. Just one man’s experience, and if it doesn’t jibe with yours don’t sue me for it. All you could get would be covey dogs, anyways. Single-bird dog is in my wife’s name.
Also, if you care to, you can give me a setter that has been spayed. And I’ll take my setter with a little age on her. Rare old Ben Franklin advised a young man to pick an old woman to have his affairs with. The same consideration underlies my nomination of an oldish lady for singles hunting.
To carry the specification a little further, you can give me a slow dog, one that has plenty of time. There’s no such thing as a fast singles dog and a good one”….
The Old Maid by Havilah Babcock, PhD. from Tales of Quail ‘n Such