Birth of a Bird Dog Litter
It’s time for me to pass out the cigars. Two weeks ago, a litter of nine German shorthaired pointers was born in Iowa via the pairing of Hope
, the dam, and Snuffy
, the sire. The litter consists of four females and five males attached to nine different families anxiously anticipating their homecoming later this summer. I am excited to report one of those little female pups will be joining my family.
After the tragic death of “Izzy” last autumn, I wanted to fill the void left in our home immediately. As with any loss – person or pet – it took time for me to come to terms with the fact my beloved bird dog was gone. During that time, I searched online for litters, evaluated hundreds of online German shorthair rescue
profiles, and scoured the aisles of National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic
for breeders. I considered a wide variety of breeds, sent my wife dozens of rescue profiles, momentarily considered adding two puppies at once, and learned a lot through the process.
Ultimately, however, I came back to the bloodlines I know fit my family and hunting style. Both of my bird dogs, “Trammell” and “Izzy,” have come from Top Gun Kennels
and their “Higgins” bloodline. Steve & Jodie Ries, owners of Top Gun (and longtime Pheasants Forever supporters), provided me with the best option in a breeding with Izzy’s dam, Hope. So with a heavy dose of patience, I’m proud to announce I’ll be bringing home Izzy’s half-sister later this summer. And yes, I do indeed have her name already picked out, but I’ll be saving that proclamation for a future post.
-Bob St.Pierre is Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.