Wednesday, October 24, 2007


This is my first German Shorthair Pointer, Thelma. Thelma was an SPCA dog. I actually got her from the Dallas SPCA when picking my cocker spaniel mix Idgie up from her spaying. It was pretty slick - they said "It'll be about 20 minutes, why don't you look around while you're waiting." Talk about a targeted adoption market - dog owner who cares enough to get the dog spayed...

I had Thelma as a member of my family for 10 years. She was a wonderful companion, watchdog, entertainer, supervisor of other dogs, and a generally all around good dog.

I had to put Thelma down in November of 2006 because she had bone cancer. It was very hard and I miss her very much. Since Thelma died, I have been fostering German Shorthair Pointers. I wasn't sure whether the things I loved about Thelma were part of her individual character or if they were part of the breed's characteristics. After having fostered several pointer, my answer is, a little of both.

The high energy intensity, focus, and enthusiasm are definitely characteristic of most pointers. The steadfast loyalty and desire to be with family is also a breed characteristic. Thelma was a very dominant dog however, and I found that this is not universal among pointers. In addition, Thelma was brave beyond measure. No one and no thing could intimidate her if she saw a threat - or prey. Not all pointers are quite as courageous. Thelm was also, unfortunately, not quite as smart as many of her breed. She wasn't an idiot dog by any means, but I have been constantly amazed by the quickness of mind that some of my fosters have displayed. On the other hand, friends used to say about Thelma, "Thank God she's pretty."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sparky v Teddy part II - the grudge match

Sparky the Impaler kicks Teddy the Innocent's butt again. Check out the great save Ted makes when the dog toy rips apart...

Teddy goes solo!

Teddy takes a scooter run through the autumn woods. Now that Budrow has been adopted he is once again the lone pointer.

Sparky v Teddy part 1

Sparky the Impaler beats up on Teddy the Innocent.

Bunny bunny bunny

Why did the bunny cross the road? Who knows, but it sure makes things interesting.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

PPOD 09 October

Saturday, October 6, 2007

PPOD 06 October

This is Teddy who has just gotten done scootering and is now trying to figure out how to get at some ducks.

Friday, October 5, 2007

PPOD 04, 05 OCT

OOPS! Here are yesterday's and todays's pointer pictures of the day. The first one is Budrow camping out in the kayak to be sure he doesn't get left behind. The second one is Teddy chasing ducks after jumping off of the front deck of the kayak.

Budrow was reluctant to go boating at first, but as his swimming skills improved (rapidly) he became more confident and more insistent that he be included in kayak ventures.

This scene was played out many times over the summer. GSP Teddy would start out riding on the bow of the kayak. When we started to get close to ducks he would start to quiver. Finally, he wouldn't be able to stand it anymore and he would launch himself from the deck and start swimming after them.

He would swim and swim and swim, following them until they flew off. If he could spot where they landed he would strike out in that direction. Once he was either exhausted or he couldn't see them anymore, he would turn back to the kayak for a pickup. If I tried to pick him up before he felt he was done, as soon as he had his footing on the deck he would launch himself over the other side, basically treating the kayak as a stepping stone.

See Recipe for a dog-powered kayak for a brief video about this.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

PPOD 03 OCT 2007

This is Daisy. She's actually an English Pointer not a German Shorthair, but she's awfully cute.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

PPOD - 01 October

A frog's eye view of Budrow the GSP as he swims.