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Birdy dogs….

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by H&Hhunter, Nov 17, 2022.

  1. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator Staff Member

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    I am fairly new in the bird dog game, and bird dogs have changed my life! I love good dogs and having a good dog that works for you like a good bird dog is one of the most rewarding and fun things I’ve done in the outdoors.

    I’ve got two bird dogs right now “Beans” is a Brittany that came to me via the death of his original owner. Beans was a field trials dog who’s human died unexpectedly last year. The widow didn’t like beans and had relegated him to an outdoor kennel and did nothing with him. I rescued him after learning about the situation from a friend. Beans is a fantastic hunting dog and an even better cuddle buddy in the house. He is an absolute gift from the hunting gods and I love him dearly.

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    This ^^ was the day I brought him home, and made him the promise that he’d never be forgotten in a kennel ever again.
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    Mamma immediately washed and groomed him. If those eyes could speak! “Dude, get me off this table, she’s a CRAZY woman!”

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    Beans posing with his birds.


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    Beans pointing one up for my daughter.
     
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  2. H&Hhunter

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    Bird dog number two is “Ralphie” he’s a Spinone Italiano and a complete ham at home. He’s just a big goofy, fun loving dog until you get him out in the field and he shows you what he’s made of.
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    Two of the best looking hunters ever.

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    Ralphie producing the goods for mamma.
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    Ralphie on a solid point last year, he was about 18 months old in this photo.
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    Ralphie and “Trigger” the point and flush team.
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    I learned the hard way that when Ralphie gets bored he’ll find his own entertainment.
     
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  3. Shanghai McCoy

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    That's not a very "guilty" look on Ralphie's face there... o_O
    Good looking bird dogs there and,from the pictures, VERY good bird dogs. :thumbup:
     
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  4. Roverguy

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    August, our Pudelpointer. This was her last year in the field. She’s getting on but her drive is as strong as ever and I am afraid she’ll run herself to death!

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  5. Seedy Character

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    Brought tears to my old eyes. Watching dogs work is a pleasure many will never know.

    I had the pleasure of having 2 fabulous Labradors, when I guided duck and goose.

    Now, I have "Jack". He was Mom's companion and adopted me, when she passed. His greatest joy is hunting rabbits and squirrels, terrorizing cats and chilling.

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  6. Seedy Character

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  7. Armored farmer

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    Oh my lord.
    What memories that Britt pic bring roaring back.
    I grew up with bird dogs and bird hunting. As soon as we got married I was given a year old Britt female from from one of my dad's hunting buddies. From that day on I have had Brittany's for 37 years until the tragic end of our last female French Brittany.

    Mrs f loves them too and has several Britt Facebook pages that she follows. I call it her porn. (Puppy porn).
    Someday we will rescue a Britt when the stars align.

    Congratulations on your new friend!
    I'm envious.
     
  8. earlthegoat2

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    Lots of good looking pooches.
     
  9. H&Hhunter

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    Nope, in fact he pleaded guilty and didn’t give a flip! I kind of hated that love seat combo anyway..;)
     
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  10. red rick

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    I relocated once for work . I kept my house and was going to get a apartment in the other state . I bought a brand new sofa for the move . My company was paying for a furnished apartment for 3 months while I looked for a place to live . After the 3 months I decided the move wasn’t for me , so I resigned and moved back home . I had a German Shepard at the time and never had a problem with her doing anything in the house . But after we moved back she would get anxiety every time I left the house . One day soon after moving back , I got home from work and the brand new sofa was chewed up . It had never been used and I was going to sell it . I ended up keeping it and let the dogs use it for their sofa . Her poop had plaid in it for several days . It is chewed up on the left side , you can’t see the damage in the picture , but it was a big spot . A602AA94-4479-442D-91F8-B1FDCA96F713.jpeg
     
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  11. Bandit67

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    These 3 girls belong to my friend. Team GSP.
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  12. Thomasss

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    Your thread brought a tear to my eye. I helped rescue this dog too. We named him Nickolas(my kids spelling) because he came to us on St. Nick's one year. I knew the breeder who had a litter of ELHEW pointers. Nick had heart murmur and was going to be destroyed. Breeder's wife said "No you don't!!!" "You brought him into this world and you are going to care for him!" He found out a day later, I had just put a dog down from cancer. He offered this one to me. I promised never to breed him and with a murmur I got the best dog anyone could own. My vet put the dog on mega vitamins for six months and I wasn't allowed to even walk Nick around the block. Ever keep a hunting dog from exercising??? But the vet was correct and murmur was innocent and disappeared. Sorry, I don't have more hunting pictures. With a gun in one hand and controlling a dog with the other, this is all I got.
    This dog taught me how to hunt! If you want to "See Birdie" you should have watched Nick! He pointed everything; squirrels, rabbits, birds, butterflies, bumble bees, even ducks swimming down a stream (out of season.) Once the ducks passed him up. I released him & sent him for another point 50 yds down stream and he became another rigid statue. This would be the best 10 years of my hunting life. Nick is gone now and I miss him much as a bed warming buddy and as a great hunting companion.
    For those who know of Elhew pointers, Nick was the Grandson of
    Mr. McGoo and Great Grandson of Snakefoot.
     
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  13. BigBlue 94

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    Murphy here was found loose in a small town park and ended up in a kill shelter. :fire: They deemed him too cute and got him transfered to a humane society, where we saw him online. He has Addisons disease which affects his nervous system. He gets a shot every 4 weeks and prednizone every morning.

    He is part beagle and part brittany i think. He is somewhere around 9 years old and love to eat. He has one hell of a nose on him and is stubborn as a mule. He isnt a bird dog, but sure would love to be. We are afraid he would take off on a scent and be gone. He doesn't listen well at all. He has caught at least 6 rabbits, 2 squirrels, and nearly a green herron. The rabbits get in his fenced yard and its all over. He corners them and nabs em.

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  14. tactikel

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    I had a Brittany field dog, Sammy (Samantha, named by my Daughter!). The breed is a perfect Grouse/Woodcock dog for those with children. Mild mannered, pointer and retriever. Had her 13 years. She’s gone but never forgotten.
     
  15. Patocazador

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    had 5 Brits over the years once I realized that English pointers weren't the only bird dogs. It was such a pleasure having dogs that would allow one to hunt on foot and not need a horse or Jeep to follow the dog. My Brits were all out of a national field trial champion and were all good bird dogs except for the last one. My wife and kids picked him out of a litter and the breeder pulled me aside and told me, "You don't want that dog. His dam will retrieve but isn't worth a darn on finding quail." He was right.
    My two best Brits were run over together after they dug out of their kennel. It was a very somber month after that.

    The best dog anyone could ever hope for was my Boykin spaniel who died a year ago in April. She could read my mind and do what was necessary before I knew it. She was gentle, lovable and hunted every thing from squirrels to hogs but was exceptional on finding lost birds. At age two I entered her in the national field trial championship for Boykins. Because she had a poor handler (me), she finished 9th out of 37 dogs entered. Neither of us had been in any kind of field trial before.
    She was a gift and a dream and I am tearing up now as I write this.

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    Dogs are God's gift to humans.
     
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  16. Ugly Sauce

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    "The Killer" Best grouse dog EVER. 'nuff said. RIP DSC07232.JPG
    Killer's replacement. Sir Charles MacKenzie-Lopez. (AKA: "Charlie") He's 2 years old now, but I've not had time to train him in the field. (or forest I guess!) However, he's got a strong hunting instinct, excellent nose, next summer and fall I'll get him out and on some birds. Actually he's doing great finding and jumping up cotton-tails. DSC07274.JPG
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    Charlie now, very obedient, and does a lot of "tricks".
     
  17. Ugly Sauce

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    Thank you for saving Beans. Looks like an intelligent dog. Now you need a dog named "Rice".
     
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  19. Shanghai McCoy

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    And another named "Red"... ;)
     
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  20. H&Hhunter

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    That’d be a pile O Brittany’s!:)
     
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  21. entropy

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    I've never owned a field dog, I sure working with a good one, however. Two weeks ago I worked with Maxine, and Brad, her owner, on some pheasants.
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    Another friend has a Labradoodle who is a great pheasant dog.

    I tried to get a rat terrier I had to be a squirrel dog, after a friend told me they are good squirrel dogs. That one wasn't, and neither is my current one, he's a lover, not a hunter.

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    In his happy place, sitting on Mommy's feet and his banky.
     
  22. Speedo66

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    Heaven is where you’re reunited with your favorite dog and you’re both in great shape.
     
  23. Fine Figure of a Man

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  24. Fine Figure of a Man

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  25. BigBlue 94

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    Im 34 and already have 7 favorite dogs... Hope petsmart at the corner of Peace and Angel streets has plenty of biscuits!
     
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