Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 49
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 49

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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7D -- J u n e 13. 1976 Sunda Gazette-Mail Fishing Not Just for People, Says Diane the Dachshund jr*!--^* .~ ,*.. ,* Diane plunges into the water deft) as her owner. Joe Wetland, hooks a bluegill in a Clay County farm pond. In the center photos, the dog paddles toward the fish, grans it and heads toward the bank with the fish in her mouth. She hasthat satisfied look of a successful angler (right i as she nears the shore. CLAY -- Diane is long and short, has very expressive dark brown eyes and loves to f i s h . She's a bit overweight, perhaps, but then nobody's perfect. Diane, a 6-year-old dachshund, belongs to Clay insuranceman .Joe Weiland. who also loves to fish. As a pair, they are nothing but bad news to fish. Diane accomplanies Weiland on all his fishing trips, standing eagerly beside him and peering into the water while Weiland By Skip Johnson F A record number of turkeys was killed during the recent spring gobbler season, wildlife resources chief Dan Cantner of the Department of Natural Resources said Saturday. ' The kill of 723 topped the previous high of 590 in 1974. Cantner pointed out. The top five counties were Pocahontas 84. Randolph 79. Pendleton 49. Greenbrier 49 and Preston 48. Nearly all counties west of the Allegheny Mountains showed an increase. Cantner noted. Mercer County's gobbler kill tripled from last year's eight to 24. Two gobblers were killed in Rc.ane County for the first time. "This year's record should indicate that our management, research and wild turkey transplanting programs are working very well." said Cantner. He said the spring turkey hatching period may have been affected this year by unseasonably warm weather in late February. March and April, but added that this won't be known until after the fall hunting season. Foreman, Frazier Stage Weigh-In U N I O N D A L E . N.Y. f A P ) - Former heavyweight champions Joe Frazier and George Foreman staged an unofficial weigh-in Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum, site of their rematch Tuesday night. Foreman, who knocked out Frazier in the second round in 1973 to win the heavyweight crown, weighed 227. Frazier weighed 221. , The official v,»igh-in will be held Tuesday. fishes. Whenever he hooks a f i s h , she plunges in and retrieves it. Weiland mentioned Diane's fondness for fishing to me one day during a phone conversation, and of course I didn't believe him. "Come on up and see for yourself." he replied, so 1 did. When photographer Larry Pierce and I entered Weiland's office. Diane met us at the door, her tail wagging friendly-like. I've found some dachshund's to be a bit snappish with strangers, but apparently Diane has never met a stranger. She welcomed us like long-lost fishing companions. Despite her friendliness. I suspected Diane was more interested in Weiland's fishing outfit, which was standing conspicuously near the door, than she was in us. "She has been a fisherman since she was one-year-old." said Weiland. "She loves it." A C.hristmns Gift He explained that Diane was given to him by Harold Craig of Winfield in 1970 as a Christmas gift. Weiland. a rock collector, took Diane to Indiana with him on a rock collecting trip, and she first exhibited her angling instincts there while Weiland was fishing in a rock quarry pond. Since that t i m e . Diane has fished in Florida. North and South Carolina. Georgia. Illinois. Ohio and Tennessee, in addition to West Virginia. "We go wherever there's fish." said Weiland. As I later saw with my own unbelieving eyes. Diane dives into the water as soon as Weiland hooks a fish. She swims to the struggling fish, goes underwater to grab it if necessary, and swims back to Weiland with the fish clamped firmly in her jaws. But as I mentioned, nobody's perfect. In addition to being overweight. Diane can't get into a car without help. Her legs are too short and her body is too long, and of course there's that weight problem. Photographer Pierce, who isn't familiar with overweight dachshunds who like to fish, didn't understand when Diane paused on the sidewalk beside the car and waited expectantly, her tad wagging. "She won't get in." Pierce declared. "She wants you lo'^ft her in." Weiland corrected. She Likes Hants Once comfortable settler! in the front seat of the car. Diane sat on my note pad and watched the world go by as we drove out of Clay on the Widen Ridge road, heading for Herman Nelson's farm pond. I stroked Diane's long, dropping ears and questioned Weiland about his unorthodox fishing companion. After all. dachshunds were bred to enter burrows and retrieve badgers and foxes and things like that, and not to plunge into water after fish. Weiland replied in German, which is Diane's native language, so I dropped the subject. "She likes to fish out of a boat, too." Weiland volunteered in English. "As soon as 1 hook a fish, she sails out of the boat and hit the water in a regular ln/lly-huslcr. I ont-e hooked a 10-niund jack in Florida and she almost drowned trying l bring il in " Fortunately, the Clay County f.'irrn pond we visited contained only and bliii 1 pills. fried fish Only It WHS a hot day and evrn blucgills weren't b i t i n g w i t h m u c h e n t h u s i a s m , b n l Weiland hooked enough for Diane to amply demonstrate her fishing prowess, once she lost interest in a coonhound amiss the fence. I couldn't decide whether.she looked like a large mink or a small beaver as sin/ chugged through the water, her tail swishing back and forth like a rudder. Whenever she grabbed a bluegill. she brought it back to Weiland and laid it in the grass beside him. showing no interest in eating the flopping thing. Does she like fish? I asked. "Only if they're fried." Weiland replied. It's ill the Air Force ROTC. :^!? Look into the Air Force ROTC. And there are 4-year, 3-year, or 2-year programs to choose from. Whichever you select, you'll leave college with a commission as an Air Force officer. With opportunities for a position with responsibility...challenge...and, of course, financial rev/ards and security. The courses themselves prepare you for leadership positions ahead. Positions as a member of an aircrew... or as a missile launch officer...positions using mathematics... Look out for yourself. Look into the Air Force ROTC programs on campus. Professor of Aerospace Studies Room 4, Stansbury Hall West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. 26506 (304)293-5421/5422 Put it a!! together in j|ir Force ROTC. 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