Lion Country's Wild LillyHere’s a picture I took last week of Lion Country’sWild Lilly. She’s the pup I kept out of the Deuce and Speed that’s her Auntie Rosa backing. I prefer training on Huns (Hungarian partridge) as they run less once the wild bird less than pheasants and flush stronger than quail (At least ones I’ve been getting). Expensive birds at $14, anyone know a good source for these that can ship? ….. Buck

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  1. JOHN SARVER

    BEAUTIFUL DOGS. BEAUTIFUL DOG WORK. HOW ARE THEY ON THE RETRIEVE?


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We were training puppies Saturday on quail. Here’s a photo of my friend, Rob Veronesi, and his 15 yr old daughter Bebes with their Lion Country’s Bosco pup and his daddy my Deuce dog. It makes me feel good to help eager young hunters and trainers. Bebes is a special young lady and Bosco (Italian for woods) is another Lucky dog! He lives with his uncle Duke (AKA El Machina, in Italian meaning “The Machine”). He’s another Lion Country setter that is a full brother to Deuce. He is going to be a Dandy.

Lion Country Hunting Dogs

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Top Gun makes us proud!
We watched our young Lion Country Supply customer and neighbor, Daniel Henning, moved up through the years from BB gun shoots, to national clays shooting wins, to his new career. Dan stopped by here at Christmas and told me his fascinating story. This dynamic young man has completed his fighter pilots training and is now stationed in sunny Tucson Arizona.
Shown here in front of an F16 on man fighter jet that is his new job. This aircraft can break the sound barrier and is armed with everything from missiles, bombs, and a big gun that can fire 501 rounds of 20mm in 5 seconds.
Congratulations also to Daniel’s parents Howard and Patty Henning for a job very well done!

Lion Country Supply customer turned fighter pilot. F-16.

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The following photo is of a nice pointer that my friend sent me from Wild Wings Fantasy Bird Dog hunt that I attended last month. That’s me getting ready to watch Steve Smith, editor of Pointing Dog Journal miss. No, I did not make anyone’s fantasies come true but I had a ball with old friends Delmar Smith, Ed Radar, and Bob West. If you have never hunted with Wild Wings in Kentucky go for it! Tracy runs a classy, but cool atmosphere. There are just lots of birds on tons of remote private land. They have great dogs there or better yet you can bring your own and they’ll get 5 years of quail work in 5 days. The weather down there is not that bad either.

Pointer from Wild Wings Hunt

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Andy PLion Country Supply family has lost a great friend and longtime employee unexpectedly this weekend in the passing of Andy Purnell. Andy was a true dogman who bred, hunted and trailed beagles and coon hounds and was a favorite of our customers across the US. He was fixture at field trials and his blue tick DeadRiver Beagles were admired by customers resting in a row outside at our store. His Beagles came to work too and were always waiting patiently for their masters next break from phone sales. We are shocked and saddened and want to reach out to all who knew and enjoyed Andy Purnell.

We  invite all his customers and friends to join us and along with his real family in a Celebration of Andy’s Life this Friday afternoon in Bellefonte pa. Reverend Bob Ford will hold a service followed by food and happy tales at the Undine Firehall.  Let’s give him a real dog mans send off! Cant make it? Please post your condolences and/or your best short Andy story below.

Thanks, John “Buck” Koritko

22 comments to “Lion Country Supply family has lost a great friend…”

  1. DWENNICK

    Andy was a true friend and mentor. He will be missed more than he could know.

  2. JOHN SARVER

    what a great guy! Never grouchy-always upbeat. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Even the rabbits, though breathing a collective sigh of releif,will miss him.

  3. Jack Sankey

    Working beside Andy for over seven years has taught me many things: LCS product knowledge, customer service technique, and how to help our customers “the Lion Country Supply way”.
    Everything I know–be what it may–I learned from Andy. He was always there for me to answer my stupid questions in a patient manner. He loved his wife, his dogs, and his job. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge of all dog training products–especially e-collars and GPS tracking systems. We often joked here at LCS that Andy knew more about all those systems than the people who design and build them!
    It will take a long time for me to stop missing my friend and not seeing him over there at his desk across from me, smiling, talking on the phone helping a customer–always with a tasty snack near at hand. I will always miss you, my friend. My hope is that you are now in Heaven with “Rebel” and all of your other great, former beagles, running rabbits, listening to the great music and just enjoying the fun of the chase!
    You lived for it here on Earth, and I’m sure you will keep on doing what you love in the Hereafter.
    Keep on Runnin’, Buddy,
    Jack

  4. Eddy

    “Unexpected” is the worst for those of us left, but a gift for Andy, heading out for that next adventure in the sky. May the hearts of his friends and family, left behind, heal by next season.

  5. Rick

    I didn’t know Andy, but I was glad I recieved your remembrance email.I think it’s great that you honor the passing of your employee and friend.The family’s recomendation of contribution is Awesome! Condolences to you all.

  6. Bridget Bodine DeCoverly Kennels

    VERY ,VERY sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. He was my go to guy for any questions I ever had on products. May you have all of your passed hounds surround you Andy…

  7. Kay McLeland

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayer to all of you a Lion Country and his family during this difficult time. I do not know Andy but anyone that loves dogs as much as he did is a friend of mine. RIP Andy and may you be surrounded by paws.

  8. Dennis Warner

    It breaks my heart when we lose a good one. I didn’t know Andy personally, but his story brings to mind many good men that I have known. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure his good friends will take his beagles hunting, and remember the good times.

  9. Anderson Ranch - TX

    Our hearts are saddened for all. Andy has served our customer needs for several years now. What a great guy on the phone and answering all our product questions. I have asked for Andy on the phone many times through the years to get his opinion on products. He was always right on the money for us, and so kind.. Andy just had a great personality on the phone and he will be missed Big Time! May God Bless You All!! Love and Prayers, Todd & Rhonda Anderson, Anderson Ranch in TX

  10. Derek Binus

    I have worked with Andy off and on for almost 13 years. He was always in a great mood, and always eager to help. He was good friend and teacher, I miss him. God Speed, Andy. I know you’re in Heaven, and the hares are in Hare Hell!

  11. Sean Rarrick

    What time?

  12. Jim Hall

    I only got the pleasure of speaking with Andy one time. It was in the last month and it was a true pleasure to speak with him!! He treated me as a long time friend. His passion for hounds was so obvious as he spoke with enjoyment about his beloved hounds. We both said we would have to get together to run hounds as our style dogs were one in the same. I am truly saddened that this will not happen in this life. He was an honest and sincere man and that was so overwhelming in our conversation. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Lean on our good Lord…he is our peace giver. Take care.

  13. Irish Joe

    Covers will be endless….
    Temperature will always be, just right….
    Snow will be soft, never crusty….
    Rabbits will be fat and run perfect….
    Dogs will never get hurt….
    Old hunting partners will always be around….
    If we do choose to shoot, that shot will be true….
    A cold drink, a warm fire and a comfy chair await us at days end…..

  14. Bob Mills

    Truly a sad day for Andys family he was 1of a kind a true beagleman hopefully there are some good beagles in heaven and the they got the best chase that a true hounds man lives to hear for eternity and beyond. Good beagle music forever .

  15. Rick McDonald

    My Condolences and prayers go out to the Lion country Family and to Andy’s family, may all the good memories of him carry on in the hearts of all that knew him.

  16. Edward Bartlett

    Andy was a great man, I always enjoyed talking to him at the beagle field trials. His family will be in our prayers

  17. Styles Bridges

    Always very helpful…Rest in Peace

  18. Ruff Tough Kennels

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of your colleague. We have had the pleasure of doing business with Lion Country Supply for a few years, and while we didn’t know Andy personally we can see from the photos and stories how much he will be missed. Our condolences.

  19. Gary Rothrock

    I always stopped by LC Supply on my way to our cabin in Tionesta. I never met Andy personally but wish to give my thoughts and prayers to his family. Take care.

  20. Harry Grinvalds

    I am saddened to read of the passing of Andy Purnell. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends at Lion Country.
    Harry Grinvalds/School-Tech, Inc.

  21. Don Cavaretta

    Andy has been coming to our field trial at Enchanted Mtn. BC for several years. He always brought plenty of good dogs with him and always seemed so genuinely happy to be there. He and his wife Lisa both shared their passion for their beagles, a marriage made in beagling heaven Certainly one of the nicest men you will ever know. He will be greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten!!! Keep them running Andy!!!

  22. Doug McCully

    I drove over 2 hours with my family to purchase a beagle pup from his kennel. Andy and I stood and talked for over an hour while my 2 year old son ran through the yard with the pups. Andy helped me with my dogs training and with the purchase of my GPS collars. He was a top notch citizen and will be greatly missed.


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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.

~borrowed 

4 comments to “No Charge for Love”

  1. MBROWN

    uplifting and inspirational! thanks for sharing the love!

  2. Steve Smith

    John,

    It was great to hunt with you and spend time together after all these years. What a fun experience WW was for all of us.

    Merry Christmas, thanks for all your support over the years, and let’s do it again real soon.

    Steve

  3. Ray Werner

    Hi Bucky…happy holidays to you and your family!

    Thanks for making me smile. Loved the story. It reminded me of my younger days and being fortunate to have you take me out with ms. Tina.

    Best wishes in 2015

    Your friend
    Ray Werner

  4. Barry urian

    That’s amazing!


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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

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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

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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

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-Buck

One comment to “Rise Bakery – Gluten-Free. Flavor-Full.”

  1. Marilyn

    Congratulations Michael! Hope you have a boomin’ Business!


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rebel-woodcock

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 .

 

 

 

buck-pup

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

rebel-hunters

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).

2 comments to “An Autumn Update”

  1. bill

    YES THE GROUSE ARE PRETTY MUCH GONE HERE IN THE GA& NC MOUNTAINS ALSO DUE TO A LACK OF TIMBER CUTTING. BEEN HUNTING IN MAINE LAST 3 SEASONS WITH GOOD RESULTS

  2. Jr Huntmaster Sip

    Buck – I am doing same…training mom/dad’s 6 month old Brittany puppy. Simbo is doing well. Straub/Amos is 4 yrs old and helping me train the pup to point, retrieve, find occasional woodcock. The SS Farm has not shown much WC life yet….still not here I hope. This week should come around better, or else the WC are extinct like the RG you mentioned.
    SIP


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