Help! Save this puppy!
Yes, only you can help save this puppy from a lifetime of suffering under the wrong name. My hunting buddy, Brad, is starting to call her Fritz! Please, not Fritz. Yes, this is a German Shorthair Pointer, but a female. Gertrude isn’t going to fly either. Help.
Brad and I picked up this potential dynamo from Iowan Kelly Bryan, manager extraordinaire at Brownell’s Big Springs Shooting Complex, breeder at Big Springs Kennel, and all-round dog expert. He probably trains more dogs in a year than I do in 20. Unfortunately, Kelly bequeathed this girl without a name. And I’m bad at choosing cool dog names. Obviously, so is Brad. We’re not calling her Fritz, Brad! Are you listening?
So, RSO readers, you’ve got to help me and especially poor Fritz here. (Geez, now he’s got me doing it.) Give us some ideas. Save this cute puppy from a lifetime as Fritz. Please submit your best dog name for a German shorthair with which Brad and I hope to pursue every upland game bird in North American over the next few years. Oh yeah. Big plans. I just hope Brad and I can keep up with the pup. She’s 10 weeks old now. We’re considerably older and not getting any faster.
So those are your clues. She’s going to be a two-man dog. She’s going to hunt pheasants, ptarmigan, forest grouse, grassland grouse, seven species of quail, woodcock and maybe early season ducks, snipe, rails — who knows what we’ll sniff out. She’ll likely see the mountains of Alaska, the deserts of Sonora, the golden woods of Wisconsin and, by all means, the ringnecks of South Dakota. I’m even planning on taking her into the depths of Hell — Hell’s Canyon in Idaho. This dog’s going to have some adventures, keep me young, or kill me.
And if everything goes right she’ll introduce some grandkids to the excitement of finding birds. She’s got the potential for a rich, productive, fulfilling, feathered life, splitting time between Idaho and South Dakota.
So what shall we call her? Her working name needs to be a simple, single syllable that can’t be easily confused with whoa, no, or hereyoudangblastedcontrarymutt. Her official name can be fairly elaborate. My last springer was Boo for Anna Boo Lee, with a nod to Edgar Allen Poe. But we don’t have get literary with this pup.
Submit your name (one per entry, please.) The winner gets a Bino Doc, that wonderfully convenient polymer docking station that holds binoculars securely in cars, ATVs, boats, blinds, cabins — anywhere you care to mount it. Let’s just hope I won’t be needing my binocular to search for what’s-her-name when she gets into her first swarm of South Dakota roosters. Please note: when you enter this Bino Dock giveaway dog naming contest, you are agreeing to let us email you our weekly RSO newsletter. You can unsubscribe to it at any time. Contest ends and winner will be announced May 30, 2018.
Ron Spomer writes about dogs, dog care, and dog training for American Hunter magazine. “Fritz” figures to get some attention there in the future, ideally with a better moniker. Staunch? Bronze? Hoover?