Maggie came home a cute puppy:
Then she started to run and get into trouble, first with a pair of coyotes:
And then with a rattlesnake:
But she got past those two near-fatal experiences and today I worked her on birds for the first time. She shows good promise:
Though the bird is not far away, it is well hidden and she pointed on scent, not sight. She held point staunchly for a couple of minutes while I played with the camera and was profoundly disappointed when I walked her away from the point with the lead. I had her on lead because the planted pheasant was not fully mature and I did not want her to catch a poorly-flying bird.
We head for Oregon in a bit over a month and I have great hopes that she will stick some birds while we are there. She hunts with me and responds well to commands, and I have a GPS collar ;-), so I should at least be able to keep up with her.