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A Dog and Dynamite


So the story goes:

Two men out ice fishing were in the practice of throwing dynamite onto the ice to create their new fishing holes instead of using the old fashioned ax or auger. They claimed the dynamite did a two-fold job-both blowing holes in the ice and stirring up the fish. Not to mention they could spend more time fishing and less time digging through three feet of ice.

First day of a new season and one of the men brought along his highly-trained bird hunting labrador retriever just for the fun of it. Not thinking about it, the man went about preparing the ice for fishing. He lit the dynamite and tossed it across the ice. Immediately his dog-trained to retrieve , ran to the fizzling stick of death and picked it up in his mouth. He turned and proudly trotted back toward his master. Upon realizing what had happened, the fisherman attempted to call out commands to his pet. However, calls to "stop" and " drop-it" went ignored . The dog continued to return his prize to his master.
The fisherman and his companion managed to run away from the dog quickly enough to avoid being blown up- but just barely.

THE TRUTH: There are multiple versions of this Urban Legend currently circulating. This one is a spin off of the 1999 original Urban Legend in which some duck hunters were preparing for poaching birds by using dynamite and not only did their bird dogs retrieve the dynamite after it was lit, but they jumped into the back of one of the hunter's new Jeep . The explosion killed the dogs and broke a hole in the ice which caused the new Jeep to sink to the bottom of the frozen lake.

NO actual reports can be found to validate that any of these events actually happened. However, as all Urban Legends are based in fact, there are factual reports and even companies who specialize in the retrieval and removal of vehicles from the bottom of frozen lakes. Many of these vehicles fall through the thin ice as ice fishermen are enjoying their sport. Also, Blasting fish or dynamiting fish is a Real and Illegal danger. Blasting fish is the practice of using explosives to stun and or kill schools of fish for easy collection. Blasting is believed to have began back in Indonesia in the 1960's and spread to countries like the Philippines and Tanzania in the 1980's. There have even been reports of poachers using the technique in the United States.
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