This is the story of an undedicated deer dog , with lots of faults some maybe inherited but most mine
for arguments sake we will call him Fritz.
To be honest he is not even my dog , I purchased him as a pup for my wife, who wanted a dog of her own for the shooting field.
For years I had GSPs and my wife wanted to stick with the breed.
Now horror of horrors this is where I will fall foul of the purists, I came across a litter of pups from good working parents but there was one problem the Dam was a GSP and the Sire was a GWP
However to my everlasting shame I purchased a pup , thinking if she is going to ruin a pup she may as well ruin a mongrel.
Off she went armed with several books and a little bit of input from me, and let me say before those that know me do, I am no Guru when it comes to training dogs.
The first thing we learnt was that he seemed a bit more head strong than what we were used to
with GSPs whether this was just him or the fact that he was a cross , who knows.
Due to circumstance after basic training my wife could not spend the time in the shooting field with him that she intended to.
So the task of working him fell to me, though on the occasions that my wife can come out its obvious that she is the boss, as he will totally ignore me if she is there.
He excels at pointing which he should of course thats what he is, rock solid on point be it on the grouse moor or on wood cock which we do quite a bit of.
He is also well enough behaved to work in the beating line on a big pheasant day, and we get asked to go picking up on Partridges, not his strongest point admittedly but he performs adequately.
On a rough day he will point feather with a fore foot and fur with a rear foot.
Out rabbiting he will point occupied burrows ignoring unoccupied ones saving a lot of time
He will also do the same with a fox earth.
He will catch and kill rats though never taught to do so, also stoats, on the open hill he can overtake and kill a fox, though he does not usually have the manoeuvrability to catch
them in cover.
He hates deer while he is steady to unwounded deer, a wounded deer is a different story
he will follow the trail of a wounded deer quite well but when we approach a wounded beast in its couch as long as it stays there he will stand and point at it , but if it moves he is right after it, he grabs them by the neck from behind not in front and death is pretty much instantaneous.
When he has made a kill he makes a strange noise its more of a roar than a howl , and when you approach him at a kill his eyes seem to be rolling in his head, its not a pretty sight .
So far he has only been involved in tracking roe,and I am a little worried on the outcome if we ever need to track a large red stag.
Away from work he loves children any children and will play for hours with them, he is dedicated
to my wife and will guard her from anyone he is unsure of.
Relaxing of an evening with a dram he will snuggle up against me and casually slip his tongue into the glass the bu***r likes whisky as much as I do.
He is not perfect and he certainly is not a dedicated deer dog, but he is my best friend.