Hunters in the Snow

by

Tobias Wolff

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The farmer’s dog is big, black and so old that he can’t “chew his food anymore.” Like the human characters in the story, his frailty makes him aggressive: he runs out and barks at the three men as they pass, but when Kenny, pretending to be a dog, snarls back, the dog retreats, “peeing a little” as he goes, incontinent through fear or age. Kenny shoots the dog dead at the request of the farmer who is unable to do the deed himself.

Farmer’s Dog Quotes in Hunters in the Snow

The Hunters in the Snow quotes below are all either spoken by Farmer’s Dog or refer to Farmer’s Dog. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Friendship and Cruelty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Hunters in the Snow published in 2008.
Hunters in the Snow Quotes

“I hate that post,” he said. He raised his rifle and fired. It sounded like a dry branch cracking. […] “I hate that tree,” he said, and fired again. […] “I hate that dog.” […] Kenny fired. The bullet went in between the dog’s eyes. […] Kenny turned to Tub. “I hate you.”

Related Characters: Kenny (speaker), Tub, Frank, Farmer’s Dog
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

“You asked him to?” Tub said. “You asked him to shoot your dog?”

“He was old and sick. Couldn’t chew his food anymore. I would have done it myself but I don’t have a gun.”

Related Characters: Tub (speaker), Farmer (speaker), Kenny, Farmer’s Dog
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:
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Farmer’s Dog Character Timeline in Hunters in the Snow

The timeline below shows where the character Farmer’s Dog appears in Hunters in the Snow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Hunters in the Snow
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon
...farmhouse with his thumbs up. As they are starting off towards the woods, the farmer’s dog comes out of the barn, barking at them. With each bark, the dog slides backwards.... (full context)
Friendship and Cruelty Theme Icon
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon
...smiles. Tub hurries to catch up with Frank who is still ahead. Suddenly, the farmer’s dog runs out again. Kenny says, “I hate that dog.” For the second time, Frank tells... (full context)
Friendship and Cruelty Theme Icon
Narcissism, Neglect, and the Dereliction of Duty Theme Icon
Secrets and Deception Theme Icon
...goes away to phone the ambulance, Tub confesses to the farmer that Kenny shot his dog. Much to Tub’s surprise, the farmer replies that he had asked Kenny to shoot it... (full context)
Friendship and Cruelty Theme Icon
Narcissism, Neglect, and the Dereliction of Duty Theme Icon
...tells Frank what the farmer told him: that he had asked Kenny to shoot the dog. Rather than being horrified at the mistake, Frank is tickled by Kenny’s cheek: “That Kenny.... (full context)