Hi, and welcome to the Glencuan Pointers blog site. While there are references to other breeds contained in the material on this site this is unashamedly a site for the working pointer enthusiast. I don’t really see the need to call them working pointers as the pointer is a working breed anyway but I just want to let potential readers know what they may be in for.
When I embarked on the journey into the history of training and working pointer dogs I had much more access to grouse than I do now and while I have a method that appears to work for me it is more from circumstances than desire. I do have access to grouse in Yorkshire but for those who haven’t read any papers recently there’s a credit crunch on and it affects potential ferry customers as much as anybody else.
I’m trying to raise the profile of the pointer in general and as an all round working dog in particular. I also hope I can give some encouragement to those who like myself desire a well-trained dog without access to the once obligatory grouse moor.
“Alex working on Black Brook.”
Alex, Glencuan Alex Pointer dog. July ’12. Photo Des O’Neile.
It is nice sometimes to remember the context of a photo. I had just got Alex out of the truck and on the way up the hill, into the breeze as it happens, he stopped to void. I took his lead off and walked on expecting him to follow. When he didn’t I looked round to see what was happening and this is what I saw directly behind me. I had walked though the covey, can’t remember how many there were, without any flushing.
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Dalton the Captain, Getty and O’Neile,
Lynch and Kieran_
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
Apologies to The Bard.