Yes, Birdie Dog Kennels is about the dogs (and you will hear all about them), but first we hope to explain, not only the strong desire of our dogs to do the things they were bred to do, but the desire and drive of Birdie Dog's owners to do the things they were born to do — raise pups and hunt dogs.
To offer a more concrete example of the drive inside these guys, you might consider an actual drive that involved two trucks, a road, intersections and passengers — four men and three dogs. One man, Mark Hatfield, made the trip three weeks after his honeymoon, while another, Scott Vance, left town just weeks after Jesse, his English pointer passed away. Though the hunting team was one gal short, the caravan pushed ahead. The route covered 1,400-plus miles from South Carolina to Nebraska.
Four jars of chili, an untold number of spent shells and a dozen gas station stops later, the guys had taken 120 ducks and the dogs had picked up every one. Boo, a female chocolate, and her counterpart, Hydro, a male chocolate, worked the water while Rebel, a German shorthair pointer, worked pheasants on Nebraska's flatland. Along the way, there were paws to be mended, blessings offered for neoprene doggie vests and the uncomfortable sensation of frozen whiskers and numb trigger fingers.
Birdie Dog pups are raised in Ward, South Carolina on a working peach farm. Acres of surrounding orchards as well as four ponds give the dogs ample room to test their legs and release abundant puppy energy.
Please note that all Birdie Dog puppies are high-energy, a byproduct of their desire to retrieve and stay active. Birdie Dog emphasizes socialization as it applies to a variety of people, other dogs and different places. Before placing a puppy in a new home, we spend time getting to know the owner and his or her ambitions for the new puppy. If a new owner finds that a puppy requires more time and attention than initially expected, we are happy to take the puppy back and find a home that works best for the owner and the pup.
Birdie Dog Kennel is a new business created by veteran hunters and trainers. We are anxious to offer our first Birdie Dog litters in the spring, 2009.
There are many kennels that emphasize either field trial dogs or hunting dogs. It's hard to find both. At Birdie Dog Kennels we want to marry the characteristics of both: the instinct and personality of a great hunting dog and the drive and desire of an award winning field dog.