I can hear hair standing up all over at just the idea. I didn't buy him or look for one, he was at the Houston AK shelter and I thought he was a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon without his tail docked. The woman at the Houston shelter said that people had called claiming to be his owners but did not want him back and that he was a WPG. I’m sure she lied.
I doubt that I would have had any interest in this dog had I thought he was a mixed breed of any kind. I thought I was rescuing a pure bred dog. At Upland bird class on Tuesday, one guy said he was a really nice Pudelpointer and looking at the WPG in our class I took his opinion seriously. I contacted a couple of Pudelpointer breeders and they were almost offended by the inquiry. “No Pudelpointer would have an undocked tail! “ Then an entire string of people on Alaska Dog News Facebook page said he was a Labradoodle which I rejected straight away.
For 7 months I have been training this dog like a gun dog and he does the work with a little less enthusiasm than our Lab Lucy, who is a maniac for retrieving and birds. He’s retrieving bumpers and frozen birds to hand up to 75 yards well. As I work through denial and grief I’m trying to make this situation as good as possible. On a walk alone with him in the woods yesterday he worked all the scents, held a brief point on a few of them.
I may have found his breeder who had a litter in December 2009 with a chocolate male but was unable to contact the new owner last year to follow up. She is going to take a look at him and see if she can tell if he is one of her pups. I still want to take him as far as he will go with hunting though we won’t be able to get a limited registration on him or enter any licensed tests. I’ll work him with some live pigeons next month. We’ll see what he does at the picnic trials and chuckar challenge