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Re: Running setter
I ran him some and he did ok. I have second and third generation puppies that are pretty fair bird dogs. I will likely breed back to him again. Just look in the Field. How many all age setters do you see on the circuit? Maybe you want to breed to a nice foot dog, tho to tell the truth, real running setters seem to come from just about anywhere these days. Besides which, what do you have against Mike or Cody. Jetsetter top sire line. As good as SOB or Shamrock have been, I don't see a bunch of their offspring on the aa circuit. And SOB should go into the HOF this year. Oh, you were asking about Troubles bbird finding. Well I don't have a 6000 acre plantation
Stocked with birds, but if you want to invite me down to Alabama or Georgia, I'll be glad to bring him down and we'll find out if he's a bird finder or not. To be honest the fastest or widest dog doesn't aleays findthemost birds, and the trend is toward wide shooting dogs. I read a report on an aa championship down south where they ran a 1 hour heat on 400 acres. That sucker must have had some twists and turns on it. I've been breeding setters for nearly sixty years. In all thst time I've seen maybe six that might make it on the big circuit. They just never got the chance. I've made every mistske a fellow can make, but I haven't quit. John Gardner didnt call them heartbreak dogs for nothing.
Mike Spies has taken his Wenaha Code Red dog off the circuit and has him at home. This is a real running setter that people should consider in their breeding program. Cody is a prairie type dog that should have been in Canada with a good scout to help work him. I have a son that is not running as big, but is throwing good puppies, so the blood will carry on. Any body with a good bitch who wants run should think hard about Cody. Im not talking about a big running shooting dog, but a prairie type all age. I can give you Mikes contact info. He is in Ca now, but going to Arizona this winter. I may go back to him myself. One of my Cody grandsons ran for 3 hours the other day and was still hopping at the end of it. If you looked at him you wouldn't think he could go 30 minutes. I don't think he weighs 35 pounds, but he ain't nothing but rawhide and bailing wire, with a brain and nose on the head end. Real running setters are fading out. We shouldn't let them die out entirely. Don't give me that bullshit about not needing a running setter any more.
In all that running did it find anything? Did it hunt?