Well we now have a name for the new addition. Her name is CJ as she seems to like the CJ-2A jeep we have as much as all the other dogs do. She is ONE stubborn dog for sure but a truly nice addition to our pack. Here are a couple of up-dated pictures for you to see. Many brown spots are popping out like pimples so she isnít all white anymore.
GUS is getting a lot of good wild bird contact and is really coming along. He has a great point and is figuring out his noise more and more every time we go out. We have been hunting locally quite a bit and we have taken a few big trips one to Montana for the Sharptail opener, then one to Saskatewan to hunt Huns. We were able to find a few obliging coveys of Huns that would flush only a few hundred yards and let us have another try on them. I could really see the light bulb go on with those exposures.
He is still pretty young but I haven't seen him run for the horizon yet, his range is still under 200 yards, most of the time under 100. It will be interesting to see how that changes. Any tips for making him stretch his legs or will that just come with age?
He travels well and camps well. He is a great family dog, we are really happy with him and he fits into the family well. His current weight is right around 40lbs. Attached are some pictures. I am really happy with his coat.
Thanks again for the great pup.
Thought I would give you all an update. Baldy, or Gus as we call him is doing great. We have been chasing Chucker, Huns and quail in Washington and Oregon almost every weekend with a trip to Montana and another to Saskatchewan earlier this season. Over Thanksgiving we headed out for a 4 day trip to Oregon. It was really fun to watch Gus. You were right and he is starting to really run and stretch out his range. Getting out and finding the birds. He had a really good 20+ contact day, some coveys, some singles. Seemed like every time I came around a bend I would see that tail up high with him on point. Pictures attached.
He has figured out how to treat wild birds well and will stay on point waiting for me to catch up without bumping. I watched him stay on point on a few quail the other day for over 10 minutes while we pulled burs out of another dog so it could start running again. He didn't move a muscle, just stood with tail at 12 o'clock until we walked in. I was really impressed, he has only had wild bird exposure, he has had no check cords, planted birds or bird launchers yet. Says a lot of your breeding that these pups have that much natural talent to piece it together themselves.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday and new year. We will be headed out after some quail tomorrow. Thanks again for the great pup.
Bailey is doing great. Weighing in at 49 1/2# as of 10/4/12. He is experiencing growing pains in his front right leg and he also has allergies and puppy acne, but outside of that he is a great pup. I took him out hunting for the first time last Friday and he found 5 out of the 8 pheasant that were in the field and brush (2 of which he was holding a point). I was out hunting with a friend and his 3 year old lab and it was an awesome experience to see Bailey working.
Hi Guy's, thought you might want to see the progress on Abby, we put a video on Youtube of her training on Quail at 13 weeks. She is impressive and all she needs now is alot of wild birds and whoa. There's no ? in my mind she will be in the guide dog line up next year..........Scott..........go to youtube and search "Deadwater Adventures"
Thought you might like an update on Deadwater Abby. She is doing AWESOME! She got her first big woods grouse and woodcock today. A great point, nice flush and good shot all fell into place. I couldn't ask for a better day of training.
We registered her Tekoa Mountain Izabella. We call her Bella.
As we had previously expressed, we were looking to continue our family of setters hoping to find a dog that would be similar to our old man Zach. He is also from Tekoa lines.
We are not disappointed. Bella is a very independent yet well connected dog. She checks in often and does not run too far. She handles like a dream in the field. She is very good to hand command and whistles. Her nose is exceptional and she has a lot of stamina. We will be hunting planted birds over her in the next week or so. She retrieves to hand and moves smoothly when she runs her patterns. She does not shy away from thick brush.
In the home she is affectionate and very protective of my wife and grandchildren. She is confident (aka "my little hard head) and very loveable. She wants to please.
We cannot thank you enough for your help in the selection.
I have sent a couple of photos of her taken today. It was an overcast day and they are not the best. I will get some field photos for you soon.
Feel free to have anyone contact us for a reference. I am glad we waited for the opportunity to purchase a dog from you.