A farmer had some grouse puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 setter pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls.

He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your bird dog puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for moment.Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran English Setter Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid.Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play and point grouse with you like these other dogs would.”

With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so, he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully, he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy.. “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.


One comment to “No Charge for Love”


    uplifting and inspirational! thanks for sharing the love!

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

I hope to start blogging again and will send an easy one here: My nephew Garry’s friend killed this buck in me Veterans Day. Garry is a hard grouse hunter too and always has good setters I haven’t shot a buck yet but am heading out now-  X-mas and anniversary promos has had me busy going to Wild Wings Friday and wait till you see who I’m hunting with. Hint- lots of Smiths and they ain’t all brothers but personal heroes and famous dog men, stay tuned!Displaying Photo309.jpg

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

Gluten-free Rise Bakery is now open in Adams Morgan. (Becky Krystal/The Washington Post)

Congratulations to my son Mike. This story of his new gluten free
bakery called RISE  on 18th street in Washington DC just made the
Washington Post!  You all can post a comment there online Washington Post or
at his website  riseglutenfree.com . If you  know anyone with Celiac or
Gluten intolerance please spread the word. I bought some of everything at
his opening and it was the best GF pastries and bread…  and  I’ve eaten a lot
of cardboard GF stuff in the past. We brought back RISE pumpkin and apple pis for
Thanksgiving and they disappeared. Try the croissants bagels and danishes very
tasty stuff! If you haven’t already, please like Mike and his brand new small
business on Facebook. America does work if YOU are willing to work very hard at your
dream. Good luck Mike!! Im proud of you!

Thanks,  John “Buck” Koritko

aka DAD

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

After a year and a half of hard work and planning I’m proud to announce that my son Michael is having the grand opening of his gluten free bakery in Washington DC  this Saturday, November 22nd. Over the last few months some of you, my friends, have been asking about how things having been progressing and when the opening will be as you have friends and relatives in the DC area. You can let both your gluten intolerant or tolerant family and friends know that they can visit the bakery and cafe this weekend at 2409 18th Street and that I recommend the homemade chicken noodle soup (gluten-free obviously!) as I’ll be there serving it up!

Check it out at:  www.riseglutenfree.com and give them a like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/riseglutenfree






Leave a comment for Buck about this post...


Tom Keer’s 6 month old LCS pup, Rebel, with one of his first wild birds.


Accounts of my death are grossly exaggerated, no I’m not dead yet, I’m just a failure at bloging!!  I’m having too much fun hunting, training puppies and getting the new Lion Country Kennel set up for winter- real inside runs, heat and everything used being noted for product reviews later. For now, here’s some updates and photos of our LCS puppies’ progress submitted by their new owners. (and more to follow!) All are now hunting and have all 5 pups now 6 months old.  All 5 have had birds killed over point. Tom Keer’s pup has grouse and woodcock pointed but he starts unfairly early up on the cape (MA) and gets to hunt private ground .





This is “Buck” owned by my longtime friends Dick and Helen Brenneman.

Hey, the amateur “King of the Woods”  Dick Brenneman is taking his LCS pup “Buck” to Texas for January and February wild quail.  Can “Buck” make Dick’s derby team this Spring? … My two pups have been pointing my recall quail and homing pigeons from LCS launchers in my acre training yard since they were 12 weeks old and they back their mom, Speed, naturally.

They are quail crazy! … maybe too crazy …

But the real woods is the  bad news, grouse are almost extinct in PA. In short, well, essentially it sucks here this year. The downpours in the month of May hurt big time! Woodcock flights are not here yet but I’m killing an occasional local bird in Roger’s covers and  a few grouse up north. My personal flush rate is  less than one grouse per hour! Allegheny Nat’l Forest has the worst grouse numbers in 10 years and in most of my covers, only the tick numbers are up! Beer is good …grouse hunters are crazy… I’m resorting to songwriting.  Hey.. Still having a ball …my quail bill is growing ..but the puppies are good for my health..  More on how we use box birds and pigeons in hard times in the woods a bit later.. No promises though till wild bird  season ends at Thanksgiving.

Autumns best!

~ Buck


Tom Keer’s pup Rebel’s first wild bird, a woodcock, shot by Roger Hoover (right) and also along for the hunt Bob Friedl (left).

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

Longtime LCS customer sent this photo of a Lake Erie Steelhead. Beautiul catch!  Action is hot on the Great Lakes but grouse and wood reports are marginal so far. Send me your fall photos. I love them.

Autumn’s Best….

-Uncle Buck



Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

Wanted to share this photo my  nephew Garry Lee Friend sent me this am. Garry Lee lives in Southwest Pa near the Maryland and West Virginia borders and hunts all 3 states. He is a killer!  Isis wouldn’t stand a chance if he hunted them. deer, grouse and Turkey’s fear him. Congratulations Garry! uncle Buck


Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

BuckTomatoCDTThis weekend I was visited by our local newspaper “The Centre Daily Times” to talk to me about my family’s “heirloom” Pink Cadillac Tomatoes! You can read the article linked here.

One comment to ““The Keeper of the Seed” – The Koritko Heirloom Pink Cadillac Tomatoes”

  1. Jim chambers

    Never realized U and Dad looked so much alike . Still waiting on a couple of those famous seeds !! :-) great article

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...


Beebes sent this photo of Deuce’s pup Bosco taking a nap on her dad’s bed. Good thing he’s a bird hunter too. I find them good homes. Daddy Deuce lives in a kennel. Haven’t heard from Tom Keer in a while. How’s Dixie Tom?

One comment to “Bosco living the comfortable life”

  1. Andy

    now that’s the life!

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...

IMG_3820My friend Jimmy’s sent this photo of his granddaughter Grace who is in charge of puppy socialization at Walnut Hill Kennel. Looks like you’re keeping that puppy Jim … Buck

One comment to “A Note from Jimmy…”

  1. Jim chambers

    Grace does a great job john thanks ! Very important for the start of our Grouse dogs . Keep up the good work John and L.C friends!!

Leave a comment for Buck about this post...