Why Chris and Chuck named their dog after a bird I shall never know, but Magpie was a wonderful dog. Chuck wrote about him in an illustrated book: Travels with Magpie.
What I most remember about Magpie is the time when Chris and Chuck drove up to Alaska. One day, they had driven maybe forty miles back towards home when one said to the other "Where's Magpie?". They realized that they had left him behind many miles back. They turned the car around and drove back the way they had come. Eventually, they saw a very relieved Magpie, very happy to see them again!