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GSP Pup

warren nelson

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Looking for a new Pup. If you have any or know of someone that has some I sure would like to see them.
GSP or Wirehair GSP
Thanks
 

Huntin Dave

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I am just seeing this. I would have sent you to the guy I got mine from last December. Here are a couple of pics. He is now 6 months old.

 

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Huntin Dave

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Good looking, but one heck of a handful :rotflmao: I hear they eventually calm down...in about year two.
 

jackrabbit

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Labradors calm down after two years. GSP's never calm down, but they are a hoot to watch as they chew a 50 foot garden hose into a whole bunch of 8 inch hoses! My past GSP hunted anything that flies, including honey bees which he loved to eat -- bee stings just added zest. Oh, he also would stand on point when a helicopter flew overhead, and he would look back at me in a way that said "I want that one, why don't you shoot!"
 

dogwillhunt

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Im Glad I stumbled upon this one. Ive been a Lab guy for the past few dogs, and was considering a GSP. I can barely handle the " Lab cool off period" I think a GSP would put me in the nut house.
 

Huntin Dave

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Labradors calm down after two years. GSP's never calm down, but they are a hoot to watch as they chew a 50 foot garden hose into a whole bunch of 8 inch hoses! My past GSP hunted anything that flies, including honey bees which he loved to eat -- bee stings just added zest. Oh, he also would stand on point when a helicopter flew overhead, and he would look back at me in a way that said "I want that one, why don't you shoot!"
:rotflmao:

I can only imagine the helicopter point. My guy just found bees this weekend with all of our lavender in bloom. No stings yet. I want to upload a video from him running around the pool this weekend, but its too big.
 

Huntin Dave

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Im Glad I stumbled upon this one. Ive been a Lab guy for the past few dogs, and was considering a GSP. I can barely handle the " Lab cool off period" I think a GSP would put me in the nut house.
He is defintely a handful, but I wouldn't trade it for anything right now. Absolutely love the maniac. :rotflmao:
 

warren nelson

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Wouldn't trade my GSP for a lab right now either.
Now when we hunt that thick cattails the extra body weight help those labs push thru.
 

jackrabbit

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Yeah. When I was living in SoCal I had a great hunting Labrador when Baldwin Lake was open for duck season. But the weekend was all bluebird weather and ducks were high. There were boats on the lake just skyblasting. It did not take long for my lab to scent cripples in the cattails and flush them. I ended up getting my limit on both days just hunting the lake perimeter for cripples.

I am too old now to give a healthy dog the attention it deserves. My GSP was a rescue dog that a neighbor saved and saw my jesseshunting window sticker on my truck. My Lab was nearing death so I said I would give him a try, but reserved the right to return him if it did not work out. For a free hunting dog, he was the most expensive dog I ever owned because of property damage! When my wife got home from work and saw the GSP, she said what is this -- take him back, he's ugly (he did not have the block head like all our prior Labs). She ended up entirely attached to the GSP watching his diverse antics in our large backyard and enjoying his docile personality as she groomed him every evening as we watched TV. When he had cancer and pain he was the only dog she could not witness at the vet when it was time to give him relief -- I called her back in when it was over and she said her goodbyes. She could not talk about it for a week, but showed me his collar and said "I saved this because it has his hair and I thought maybe we could clone him,but I guess we would not do that huh." That hit me really hard. She is not a hunter and does not eat wildlife other than fish. But when she said that, I really felt the pain of loss she had. I miss the closeness that Labs naturaly have and stay by my side; whereas this GSP was more independent with a high motor and would simply run back to me in the yard, give a nudge on my thigh ( hi, we are having fun, huh) and take off again.

With the cancer, the expensive vet clinic nearby had multiple specialists to do expensive procedures and the vet who diagnosed the cancer tried to talk us into using a specialist who could operate and probably amputate a hind leg. My wife and I talked about it and agreed that no way would we do that. So we called back the clinic and asked for an appointment with our favorite vet who worked there. We told him that this dog is a very pure thoroughbred and needs to run -- he never walks, slowest gait is a trot which his long legs can cover between 15 to 20 miles an hour, and now he walks slow with his head lower than his shoulders, and his thigh nudge and eyes are asking me to help him with his pain. So that vet prescribed some pain and cortizone meds, and less than a week later we called him to end the misery. We have always had our dogs cremated and have their ashes in nice redwood boxes with brass labels.

Every dog has its own personality. My nieces and nephews said " where are you going to find another dog like that." Labs are pretty much a good standard personality. I don't know if GSPs are the same, other than their hyper motors. We are not into small house dogs, just hunting breeds, I guess we will just live with these memories.

Sorry if this may be a downer post but the topic just brought out memories for this old man.
 
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dblsmk

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I too had a GSP. She was my best friend. Her energy level was Atomic, but that was OK by me. My daughter called me and asked if I could keep Gracen, ( then 11 mos. old), for a short time while they sold their house because she was a handful. I was manuvered into keeping her.
6 months later I had a heart attack and a triple bypass. Gracen needed to be walked several times a day, so, I tied a sling onto my walker, down the stairs and away we'd go. She could have pulled against me and knocked me over at any time but never did. In the evenings we'd go out and she got her time to play ball, usually a half hour.
When my hip went south and was replaced, then the replacement replaced, we did the walker thing all over again.
Never once did my girl ever put me in any situation while I was healing.
Deb was walking her and she saw a cat, slipped the collar and then decided to cross the hiway and was hit hard. The vet said she was repairable but it would be expensive. I couldn't reward a friends loyalty, love, and devotion by putting her down, so we fixed her. It changed her gait but her friendship never waivered.
9 months later after a trip to the vet cause she was getting really sick, I staid up with her most the night worried, I dozed off for an hour to find she had moved and was not responding to me. I begged her not to die for a while then prayed she would just let go. I woke up Deb and we both said our goodbys. Her ashes are with me also. She is still loved.
My reason for writing this is simple. My GSP, tho only a dog, taught me lessons on how to be a best friend, devotion to another and unquestioned loyalty. She was a very young 9 1/2 years old. I am proud to have been her friend.
 

jackrabbit

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Wow DB, thanks for the post.
Seems like GSP tolerant owners are also a special breed, loving their GSP personalities. Sorry for your loss.
 

BrittGSP818

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Glad I came across this thread. Now I am looking for a pup. Huntin Dave and Warren, who is the breeder you got your pup from? I am also interested in the Brittany breed if anyone knows a breeder.
 
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jackrabbit

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I hope you find a good one D (they are all good), old as I am my fondest memories are being out with my dogs -- especially with my first lab who liked to fish and bring large carp into the boat and then parade with them on shore. He knew what fishing was all about.
 


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