I'm a Grandfather

On February 28 Dusty, a German Shorthaired Pointer gave birth to 6 little puppies.  Five boys and one girl were born one day early and it sure brought a lot of excitement in our home.

Several years ago, my daughter Lisa got a pup from Char Rutar of White River Kennels near Indianapolis, IN.   That puppy, Wager, has grown to be a champion in confirmation, agility, and rally.   He’s even progressed in hunt tests and received titles in that catagory.  Wager, like all GSPs love to hunt.

Lisa will be getting one of the puppies in May.  That will make me a new Grandfather.

We’ll welcome the pup with open arms as we lost one of our other German Shorthairs, Gambol, this past fall.  There’s no way that the new puppy can replace Gambol because we’ll never forget the joy he’s brought into our lives.  But the little one will surely fill in some of the emptiness that our house has had for the past few months.  Wager will also enjoy having someone to play and run with in our yard.

Ron Fitzpatrick of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Illinois is also a dog trainer.  He’s already told Lisa and me that he has big plans for the puppy.  It will be pointing birds in the field before it’s six months old… maybe sooner.   Lisa and I will have a new hunting partner joining us and Wager in the fields this coming fall.

Wager is quite an accomplished champion.  He won a couple ribbons this past weekend at the International Kennel Club show at McCormick Place.  In confirmation he won Best of Owner Handled in breed and second among the group in sporting dogs.  This means he was the best dog shown by an owner, not a professional show dog handler.

I’m sure that when Lisa picks her pup, it too will be brought up for competition in the ring as well as in the hunting fields.

We’ll be heading down to White River Kennels soon to see the puppies.  For now, we have some photos.

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