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we rescued a brittany
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:05:36 PM »
When I was a young man (25 years old) I got a young brittany puppy, I would leave him on an outside run during the day, and would work next door to my house building furniture for my brother.  He got off his run and ran out in the road and got killed.  I never went hunting again after that for almost 40 years.  Last year I bought a shotgun and found a guy that has 2 brittanies and he is a fishing guide also.  He and I hunted last fall, and last winter and had a blast.  I told my wife that I might consider getting another brittany someday (just thinking out loud) My wife is a dog lover, she goes into craiglist pet section every day. That next morning our rescue dog was on craiglist, and the only brittany my wife has ever seen on craiglist, he was a registered brittany and the couple had moved into a condo and could not keep him any longer.  I eventually found out our dog was bred by one of the top brittany breeders in the u.s. he lives less than 2 miles from me.  When we got our rescue dog, he weighed 69 pounds. (they are supposed to weigh around 40 pounds) We rescued him in November, and my wife walked that dog everyday, we finally got him on a training collar a couple months later and let him run, he is down to about 45 pounds now. The breeder helped me all spring and summer training him with quail.  Opening day "cash" found and or pointed 8 ruffed grouse and 1 woodcock.  Last sunday we got our first woodcock together ( I missed a lot of grouse and woodcock in between opening day and Sunday) today we got our limit of woodcock.  This dog amazes me, he gets better every time he goes out, figures things out quickly, uses the wind, he even comes back when I call him :laugh: We have 2 other havanese dogs which are about 12 pounds.  Cash has really found a home with us, the other couple just could not give him the time and exercise he needed.  Every day that dog lets us know how happy he is living with us.  If I could figure out how to post a picture I would.  I am just happy to be outside again, and I really don't care about shooting birds as much as just watching him run.  When I grab the "gun bag" with collars etc. he flies off the couch runs into the door with his nose to open it and gallops outside and runs around the house a few times, and literally will start quivering with excitement when we get to the hunting area. The little dogs play with him all the time, they sleep together, nap together and he has fit right in.  I just wanted to share this, I cannot believe how lucky my wife and I are to have these dogs in our life. 

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Re: we rescued a brittany
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 10:10:41 PM »
    Well done and congratulations. I know you guys will have a blast with the new dog. Spaniels are great dogs IMHO. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 10:25:16 PM »
Congratulations! Watching a good bird dog work is more fun than the hunting itself! I can get so entertained by the dog that I'm not ready for my part when the bird flushes!😂
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Re: we rescued a brittany
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 05:44:58 AM »
You are lucky that cash found you.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 06:13:58 AM »
Always good to hear about pets getting rescued, even better when it turns out like that. I'm babysitting a rescue black lab right now for a friend that's moving. I'll be bringing him to TX next month. I'm sure going to miss that boy
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2018, 06:59:55 AM »
thanks guys,
I will try to get a before and after picture of when we first got him until now.  The breeder has offered to help me train some more next spring.  He was happy with the weight loss results.  I met my wife 10 years ago, she always had dogs in her life, she had a doberman and she walked that dog every day unless it was a blizzard out, he lived to be 14 years old.  She deserves a lot of credit, my wife went on a diet, between walking the dog and her diet, she lost 30 pounds.  Our rescue dogs full name is "Johnny Cash" cash for short.  He managed to find his first full grown porcupine last spring 8 quills, I pulled them myself.  I put him on his leash took him back over to porcupine again, and he wanted more :-\.  My wife walked him last summer, he found a baby porcupine, and vet said he tried to eat that one.  My wife called in a panic, I said how many quills? She thought he had 20 or so quills, vet said he had 85 quills, and the vet could tell by the size it was a baby porcupine.  She put them in a glass vile for us.  She said it was a record for any dog she has ever seen. Just before bird season my buddy that has 2 brittanies and I took his 2 dogs and cash to a bird farm, I put out 3 chukar for cash, he found the first 2, then we took him outside the field area to get downwind of the 3rd, he went on point under a small pine tree, we thought sure it was another chukar because guys had been in that field with chukars earlier.  I kicked around the pine and released cash, he put up a good fight with that skunk for about 5 seconds, enough for 3 good squirts before I could drag him away.  I washed his eye out, the side of his face and leg as best I could where he got squirted.  He shook his head, headed back for the pine tree, thought better of it and went and pointed the 3rd chukar. :laugh:  

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2018, 07:03:11 AM »
I tried to figure out how to put a picture on, its like trying to read chinese for me :-\ If anyone knows how to put a picture on this post and would do that for me, I can send them the pictures.  kalglass@charter.net is my e mail.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2018, 07:52:27 AM »
When I was a young man (25 years old) I got a young brittany puppy, I would leave him on an outside run during the day, and would work next door to my house building furniture for my brother.  He got off his run and ran out in the road and got killed.  

I never went hunting again after that for almost 40 years.  I am just happy to be outside again, and I really don't care about shooting birds as much as just watching him run. 
Exactly who rescued whom? Not that it's particularly important.
The next test in your relationship is when you miss an easy bird, and avoid looking Cash in the eyes, as he questions your shooting skills. 

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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2018, 09:04:45 AM »
IlI' try to put the pictures up if you want. I figured out how to do it from my phone I'll try from email next. Send them to flywheelrigger@gmail.com and ilI' give it a shot
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2018, 09:13:56 AM »
Brittanies are special, congratulations, mine had  to be put down in his old age.  Never replaced.
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2018, 12:29:57 PM »
 8) 8) 8)  Rescue dogs are the best 8) 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2018, 03:37:31 PM »
claybraker, I believe I have gotten that look several times between opening day until the first bird down :laugh:  I cannot believe how much he figured out in such a short time.  He found a woodcock today that I shot, he will pick them up already, wont bring them to me yet.  The breeder of cash said his mother is the only brittany that he has owned that will pick up woodcock easily without any coaching/teaching.  What is helping is watching my buddy with his 2 brittanies and how he explains and answers all my questions.  There is a lot involved in the training process, his dogs are 9 and 10 years old. Both the breeder and my other friends advice has been invaluable.  The guy with 2 brittanies has actually considered buying a larger s.u.v. so we can fit 3 kennels in his vehicle so we can take the hour drive to a pheasant farm together.  Pretty amazing, I may purchase the larger s.u.v. myself so we can ride together.  An hour ride each way gives me time to learn a bunch, then we put it to use hunting.  Texas Ranger, I feel for you, my little havanese is 10 years old now, his bark is even starting to sound old now.  Cub, I will try sending pictures shortly, thank you.  

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2018, 05:29:08 PM »
It's funny how terms change I used to call them pound dogs now there rescued dogs any way over the last 35 years that I have been married and on a farm we have had two brittany's that had came from the pound. We had a older lady that we farmed some ground for that worked at the pound and see knew my wife was a soft touch for dogs so when they would get a older dog folks didn't want and were going to be put down she would call and we would go down to the pound and they normally would come home. Both of those brittanys were great dogs and loved everyone.They loved to ride on the flat bed of the pickup. Didn't have them at the same time. I don't hunt but they would go along with a couple of my buddies that did. Someone had hunted with them at one time. Both lived to be a ripe old age. Glassman 48 your story reminded me of some good times. 

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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2018, 05:57:06 PM »
hedgerow,
Thanks, I have had more good times with this dog, we got him last november, he rides in the front seat of my pickup all the time.  The breeder said he never saw such a calm brittany riding in a vehicle.  I lost him last spring when snow was on the ground for almost an hour.  That was heartwrenching, my buddy that has 2 brittanies came right over, my wife and her girlfriend came too. I left my hat on a tree where he disappeared, and sent my wife and her girlfriend in their car down a 2 track towards where he was headed. About a quarter mile down that 2 track, cash came bounding out of the woods, he jumped on my wifes lap scared to death, and licked her face like a popsicle. The one good thing that came out of that is now he stays close in dense cover, and when it opens up like a woods, he moves on out to about 50 yards as long as he can see me.  He usually checks back in, I see him getting bolder by the week.  He had 4 points today and 2 flushes, I think the other 2 points the birds ran off. The next day after we lost him I went to collar clinic and got a gps collar, it was the best money I ever spent for that dogs sake. The only thing I can think of is he saw a deer and took off, I sent him into some pine trees after I saw a partridge flush so he could smell the area where the bird took off, I walked in there after about 15 seconds and he was gone.  He now has a bell, a gps collar and a beeper, almost looks comical 3 things around his neck like that, but they work.  

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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2018, 08:15:04 PM »
Its been about 2 years now since we have had a dog on the farm last one was a brown lab cross that had come from the pound too and was probably six years old when we got her she was around here 14 years before we had to put her down Vet said she has to be at least 20. The older lady that worked at the pound is gone also. Its probably time for us to go rescue another older dog and give them a good home. 

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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2018, 08:29:11 PM »
hedgerow,
I hope you get another dog, every dog deserves a family like yours.  Hope you get to enjoy another one.

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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2018, 08:35:47 AM »
Rescue dogs are the best here's ours thinks I should play not saw figures if he sits on log I'll play

 

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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2018, 12:47:09 PM »
Lko67,
That is a good looking dog, I came home early today, grabbed my collar bag, my brittany almost knocked me over getting to the door :laugh: I emailed 51 cub 3 photos, hopefully he can get them put on here. 

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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2018, 08:38:06 PM »
 

 

 

 
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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2018, 08:45:10 PM »
These are cash's pictures. Sorry about the one that's got the wow in it. I'll be doggoned if I know what I did wrong. Either way, what a looker! I'm glad to get them up there
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