A man bought a new hunting dog and, as soon as the season opened, he took it out on a trial hunt. It wasn’t long before he shot a duck that fell into the lake.
Immediately, the new dog ran over the water, picked up the duck and brought it back to his master.
The man was flabbergasted.
He shot another duck. Once again, while he rubbed his eyes in disbelief, the dog ran over the water and retrieved the duck.
Hardly daring to believe what he’d seen, he invited his neighbour for a shoot the following day.
Once again, each time he or his neighbour hit a bird, the dog would run over the water and bring the bird in.
The man said nothing. Neither did his neighbour.
Finally, unable to contain himself any longer, he blurted out, “Did you notice anything strange about that dog?”
The neighbour rubbed his chin thoughtfully. “Yes.” He finally said, “Come to think of it, I did! The son of a gun can’t swim!”