Dixie - Dixie got 1st place in the amateur derby division at the Sunflower German Shorthaired Pointer Club field trial in Howard, Kansas.
========================================================================================== Callie - UPDATE: Callie scored a perfect 112 Prize I in her NAVHDA Natural Ability test on December 13. Out of six (6) pups tested, Callie was the only one to earn a perfect score that day. The NAVHDA Natural Ability test evaluates pups up until they are 16 months old - and specifically judges their use of nose, cooperation, pointing, tracking, gun shyness, etc.
So many of you have provided me with feedback on your puppies - I thought I would send a note back to each of you. Just this last week I drove 24+ hours (each way) to Montana for a week of Sharptail Grouse and Hungarian Partridge hunting.
The evening I first arrived turned out beautifully for the pup I kept - Callie. We got into a covey of Sharptail grouse. Callie ran through the first couple of pairs - but then got real cautious. She ended up getting four or five solid points - holding these wild birds and letting me walk them up for the flush. I killed two grouse for her, and could have easily killed two more - but did not want to thin out the one covey so much. She stood naturally steady to wing-shot-and-fall for nearly every point. This is a real treat for a 9-month old pup.
She demonstrated good tracking ability on several pheasants we came across, pointed several grouse, pheasants, a covey of Hungarian partridge, hunted very hard one morning at 2.5 hours - - and never really quit. She had an opportunity to back a couple of other dogs we were running with, and on another occasion - Callie slammed a point on a pheasant and had two older dogs backing her in a perfect triangle. She ran the alfalfa fields and grasslands with a little bigger range than Reba - but she was just as easy to handle. As soon as I called or whistled to her - she would come back in to me - - while most of the time naturally maintaining a reasonable proximity to where I was hunting / walking. In other words, very seldom did I need to whistle her in or call her in to adjust her hunting location. She naturally hunted in front of me and where I was going.
On one occasion - Callie was over a hundred yards out in front of me when I simply walked up a grouse and shot it. The grouse went down - and I started walking to where I expected to find the bird. Without me ever calling Callie - she immediately came back toward where I was - and pointed a bird 20 yards away from where my bird had gone down. Of course, this was the bird I had shot, but it had managed to walk over a fair ways before I got to it. So Callie helped me locate that bird in quick fashion without me even calling her over there. She demonstrated the strong natural hunting ability - with a ton of affection and easy handling traits I was hoping to produce by breeding Reba to Charlie.
Joy completed her Junior Hunter title this weekend - going four for four at 11 months old. She got all 9's! The judges loved how she hunted!
I built this ramp and mounted it to a log at the river. We've been working on her "dock diving". She got out 22 feet yesterday and continues to be an amazing dog. She gets a lot of compliments on how pretty she is. And I get a lot of how well trained she is. However, she is so easy to train.
Hope you and your pups have had as much fun as we have this past year! This is Addi formally known as “Dot”. She is now 40 lbs, all legs, bird crazy and very much our fur-child. She goes just about everywhere we do. There is never a dull moment with her crazy wiggle butt and diva tendencies.
I attached a few pictures of our adventures this past year. Her first dove hunt, when I picked her out of the litter, her first birthday, a picture from our daily trips to the trinity trails and her “planking”, this is what she does every night before we go to bed. I held her like a baby when she was a pup and even though she is now 40 lbs I still do
Here are a couple of pictures from My first hunt with Gage. He sat right beside me the whole time. Not bad for a pointer! He retrieved 10/11 birds I shot. One in the water and several in brush taller than me. He is going to be awesome!