J and I have been chatting. The thread of conversation started from me wanting a starting pistol for training. Here, we need a firearms license to own a starting pistol. Well, if we're getting a firearms license, we might as well get a shotgun and use that for the dog training. And, if we have a shotgun, we could actually go hunting. Erk. So, when we return to Spain next spring, we're going to head off to the local(ish) clay pigeon range and give it a go. If we enjoy it (which we definitely will, shooting clays, I'm sure), then we'll chat to the guy who runs the place, because he's bound to have contacts in the actual hunting world here. I've said before how very different it is to organised shoots in the UK; it's almost always a single hunter with his dogs here. Still, I think we could have a lot of fun and it would be wonderful for the dogs, especially Willow. Yesterday on a countryside walk, the dogs put up about six game birds (I have to work on my identification), I blew my whistle and all three Labs stopped perfectly. It got me quite excited about the prospect. It may never happen; we might decide it's not for us, but even going to the range is something to look forward to next year I guess if we choose to give it a go, I'm going to have to harness the dogs' inner Spaniel. I'm not ready to take on the real thing just yet!