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Dave is one of the three men ‘sinking the shaft’ at Stony Creek. He and a fallow friend Andy like fishing, so Dave comes up with an idea to blow-up fish in the water-hole with cartridge. Later, when Tommy the retriever chases the men with the cartridge in his mouth, Dave seeks help at local pub and leads the dog with the explosive into the inhabited area.
As well as his friend Dave, Andy likes fishing. It is him who puts Dave’s idea into practice, as he “usually put Dave's theories into practice if they were practicable, or bore the blame for the failure and the chaffing of his mates if they weren’t."
Jim is not interested in the “damned silliness," therefore he does not participate in the development of Dave’s idea.
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The story is called "The Loaded Dog" because Tommy (the dog) grabs the bomb intended for the hole and is running around with it in his mouth. It's the perfect game of fetch.... but no one wants to play.