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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Some friends are real trouble

June 02, 2008 at 10:24 PM

You’ve maybe seen the scene in Animal House where the devil and the angel are perched on a poor lad’s shoulder, offering alternate forms of advice.

So it is in my life. On the one shoulder, there’s my buddy Springer, who is always telling me about great deals on free dogs, guns and other things I don’t really need but really want. The latest missive from him mentioned yet another 2-year-old, free Llewellin setter that could surely be mine for the asking. Of course, the dog is gun shy and collar shy, but it is very birdy.

That’s enough to get me figuring ways to retro-fit the kennel to fit two dogs.

On the other shoulder is my wife, no angel she, but certainly not as much an evil temptor as Springer. “Jeffrey, you are not getting another dog right now,” she said.

Hmmm. Do you think she means it?

As if that’s not enough, reader Cory Storer sent me the following picture of his extremely cute 6-month-old Llewellin on point. Is there a conspiracy out there? Now I want a puppy and a 2-year-old dog that is scared of its shadow.

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