Friday, May 09, 2014
ATF: Gun Dogs
We all have our favorite gun dogs. And I'm not going to make this a pissing contest. We have our favorite dogs because they are the best suited to our particular styles and types of hunting. I'm not gonna piss on your Redbone. They are amazing dogs.
For me and mine though... we have labs. And we recently brought home our latest. Steyr's Bama Trooper. We call him Steyr. In the pic he's the big one in the back.
This one was a bit of a reach. His momma was a competition dog but his daddy wasn't. It didn't take to long to figure out he'd be just fine though. Both parents were on site when we went to see the pups. And I got to work the dad a little bit. First of all he was beautiful. Big... about 85 pounds... not big like my old chocolate lab Cas... but still solid muscle. I found a ball to throw for him. His instincts were all spot on. He'd sit at attention and wait for me to throw the ball and he exploded out. Fast. Took instruction.... learned... He did everything you'd expect of a dog for 10x the money. Julie was watching all this and I looked over at her and she just nodded. She could see it too.
I love labs. To me they are like water born tanks. There is no end to the work they'll do. They'll swim up stream all day long... and go back for more if you ask them. And... I love the fact that you can make almost anything out of them. No... they won't point as good as your high end pointer... but they can and do learn it... and often perform very well.
So... Now's your chance to brag. Lets hear about your Gun Dog.
A: SweetWater Georgia Brown... of all things.
T: Ghurka WarLord. Holy crap is this thing good.
F: two Steyr M40a1s. Just because.