We used to have one big bed for both Lexi & Sky (the green one to the left). But that didn’t work. Sharing was not something they wanted to do. So I bought another bed. Now they fight over the new one, even though the older one is bigger. Go figure.
My first bird dog was a Brittany spaniel. He knew a bit more about bird huntign than I did, but together, we still had almost no idea what we were doing.
Years later, I was getting back into bird hunting and dogs and I was interested in a Springer. An ad in Pointing Dogs Journal led me to visit with a breeder near me who had some Pointers. We took a few of them out for a run and I was hooked. They were they most incredible dogs I had ever seen.
Looking back on that day, I realize it was the Pointer’s athleticism that thrilled and excited me. Watching then run and leap is an impressive experience. I took these photos at a local beach. It was a low-tide sunrise–something I try to always take advantage of–and Lexi, Sky, and I had a great morning.
Here’s a fun video from the the folks up at Wild Apple Kennel. Check it out and see how these pointer pups are learning to use their noses on a planted quail. I love how their tales are all wound up. The wiggle says “bird!”
Check’em out – styled up and ready to be go. Watch them hit the cover when they’re released. That’s how hunting dogs should look.
Here are some great videos of young English Pointers showing off a lot of potential. Theres a lot of fun and some pretty impressive points there. Check ’em out.
I’ve never met Mark and Kathy Wendling, but I know we share a passion for grouse dogs. The Wendlings own Superior Pointers and I’ve learned a lot about the ins-and-outs of Elhew Pointers from their website.
The site’s Rambling Thoughts section features 13 short articles of interest to anyone with a passion for bird dogs and upland hunting. Wing On A String is one of the pieces you’ll find there. Concise and to the points, it’s knowledgeable, opinionated, and typical of the kind articles you’ll find on the site. Here are the first two sentences.
“There is a fairly widely held misconception that puppies are “trained” to point birds by being encouraged to sight point a game bird wing on a string, manipulated with a stick or fishing pole. This belief is categorically false…”
I encourage you to read the rest.
Here’s a good video of summer training from Hi Five Kennels. Besides the nice dog work, what I liked most about this video of how it shows you the kind of covers grouse & woodcock like. Watch the whole thing and you’ll see the places where these birds hang out.