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What is your favourite settersong, -book, -movie, -history, -photo and -story?

Wondering while reading your posts: what is your favourite settersong, -book, -movie, -history, -photo and -story and why?

My favourite settersong is “Abergavenny,” on a picturesque town in Wales. Shannon sings praise on a red setter in this 1969 hit if I'm correct and reportedly there was an Irish setter on stage as well. Closely followed by Start me Up (Rolling Stones), could be a good song for start of a working day.

Book - The trilogy Big Red, Irish Red and Outlaw Red by Jim Kjelgaard (USA) Closely followed by T.H. White: The Goshawk. Because they portray adeventures with working Irish setters. Closely followed by the more recent UK one (inspired by Kjelgaard) for kids on an Irish setter aboard of the Titanic.

Movie - Walt Disneys Big Red. I've never seen the Bonanza-series with an Irish setter in it so this one might be still be beaten.

History - the giant task a few people set themselves up with in the fifties to restore the Irish setter into former fieldglory in the USA as portrayed in The Modern Red Setter. Closely followed by The New Irish Setter (Thompson) as you can see how the Irish setter changed from an athlete into a showclown.

Photo - The kid that was saved from a burning car by an Irish setter in St. Louis. I've still got the picture.

Story - A short story of Colin Mc Kelvie (Ireland) on working Irish setters all year around. In it is decribed work on all kinds of game so not only specialist stuff (feathers). Closely followed by a short Internet-story on Clancy howling all of the village at the time his owner was shot in Vietnam.

Whats yours?

Henk ten Klooster.

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Just been watching the movie "In Her Shoes" (2005) with Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine and there are some scenes where Rose (Toni Collette) is pictured in her new job: walking dogs. You can see a German Shorthaired Pointer, a Golden Retriever, a Corgi, a mixed breed, sometimes a Collie and A VERY HAPPY IRISH SETTER! :-)

Rose sure looks happy!! Where's the Irish setter???

the photo is a bit dark, i put a circle around him (her?)
You are fabulous Laura. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lots of beauty here!!!
i am not willing to discuss it again, henk :-(
You are right, its a bit dark:-))) But you can see it is Rose! Thanks for sharing Laura.
My favorites are the Jim Kjelgaard books. I still have the books and have read them several times. I hope to pass them on to my granddaughter. She is 6 and loves to read.

i have always loved the picture of Clark Gable and the Irish Setter. Thanks for sharing it.
Forgot where but somehwere in this topic an Irish setter was mentioned surviving for three weeks in search of its family on holidays. Found a few sentences by accident dropping out of a fat book, a clipping from UK-dogpress 1955: "From mrs Nicholsen, Stocksfield-on-Tyne, comes a page full of pictures of the Irish setter that recently spent three weeks in the Italian Alps in search of his owners on holiday in Switzerland. Maccabeo looks a good type and his coat and condition at the end of his ordeal speak well for the hardihood of our breed."

Thank you so much :-)

Thanks for posting the links to BIG RED - I had read it a long time ago - but never saw the movie! Jutta

I remeber my feelings after watching Russian film White Bim the Black Ear about an English Setter. Heartbreaking, touchy.


"White Bim the Black Ear is a story of a white setter with black ear who one day became homeless because of hospitalization of his Daddy. During his homeless life Bim met a lot of different people some of them were kind to him and some of them were not…"


PS  Highly recommended






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