You can ride through the desert on a horse with no name, but you can’t hunt with a dog with no name. Our little Ryman English setter shown here is cute, feisty, full of promise, and psychologically stressed because she’s nameless. Nameless! Can you imagine? Please help. Give this helpless, innocent puppy a name and you can win a Bino Dock, the handy basket that keeps your binocular protected and close at hand.
Ryman English Setter Bred by Beirlsetters.com in Wisconsin
This gorgeous pup comes to us via Chad and Deb Beirl @beirlsetters.com in Wisconsin. Chad and Deb have been honing a genetic line of traditional, walk-behind Ryman/Old Hemlock style setters for about 12 years now. The Ryman type is supposedly optimized for us foot hunters. Larger on average and reportedly a bit slower, closer ranging, and methodical than the smaller, racy Llewelyn type, a Ryman should be ideal for pheasants, quail, forest grouse, and a hunter who’s got 50 seasons behind him. Im sure this pup will nail down our sharptails, sage grouse, and valley quail, too. According to Chad and Deb and the many proud owners of their pups, this nameless female should retrieve well, too. The hunting videos @beirlsetters.com show their dogs fetching Dakota ringnecks left and right. I can’t wait to see this pup — young what’s her name — doing the same.
If Your Name for Ryman English Setter is Chosen, You Win Bino Dock
In the meantime, she needs a name, and our readers did such a good job naming our last pup, the German Shorthair, Cricket, that we want to offer you the opportunity to name this lovely setter, too. So here’s the deal. Send your pup name via the entry below. This will sign you up for our monthly newsletter. One pup name per entrant, please. We’ll choose the one we like best and ship the winner one of these popular, useful Bino Docks, the perfect tool for protecting your binocular while keeping it handy in car, truck, RV, tractor, ATV, boat or even hunting blind. The mounting bracket is adjustable and can be poked into a cup holder or hung from screws or nail heads on a wall or rail. Once you try a Bino Dock, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one. They’re sort of like hunting dogs that way.
Background and Context for Choosing Name
Now, to aid you in your name choices, here are a bit of background and context. She’s a she and should top out at about 40-45 pounds. Her coloring is considered tri-colored belton, meaning there are black and tan freckles or ticking on her white pelage. Belton is not a type of dog, but a type of coat color. It comes from a town in England where English setters emerged. She is also a Ryman/Old Hemlock size. This is the line initiated by George Ryman in the first half of the 20th century by combining the larger bench form with the smaller, sharper-nosed hunting form. Ryman-style dogs were made famous by George Bird Evans and his wife Kay as the Old Hemlock line of Northwoods grouse dogs. User friendly, close working.
This pup will be living on our Dancing Springs Ranch in the northern Rockies, sharing it part time with Cricket, likely an additional pup in the future, and a few chickens we’re keeping for egg production. She’ll be expected to find, point, and fetch sharptail grouse, ruffed grouse, blue grouse and sage grouse locally, along with ringneck pheasants, chukars, huns, and valley quail. Ideally I’d like to collect all N.A. game birds over her.
So, this pup should mature into a slightly slower working Ryman English setter perfectly matched to a veteran hunter with more than 50 seasons behind him. Sounds about right, eh? I’m looking forward to a good decade or more following this pup through bird coverts from Arizona to Alaska. So please, provide the perfect name. I’ll be using it as often as you’ll be using your Bino Dock. Contest ends September 8th, so enter soon! The “Unknown Puppy” thanks you in advance.
The author writes columns and feature articles for a number of popular national outdoor magazines, sometimes appears on hunting TV, and is hoping to find time to write some books, but the off-grid ranch property he’s managing might prevent that. So might this puppy.