Dog: Pro-Step's Erga
Show: GDA Upland Hunting Tral
Extra points: + 3 points (sheep clean, retriver certificate)
Erga looked at me with the usual serious look on her face. Today it seemed like it was just a touch more serious, as it would be her first hunting trial. I took my young gordon setter girl out of the car. She sniffed around a bit before we joined the other competitors. There were very few. Erga was first out. We had brought our less experienced, großer münsterländer, Egon to help her. It didn't seem like she needed any. She efficiently searched the area, running around with soft movements. She never went too far off, and always made sure she could see me. Then she stopped. A couple of meters in front of me. Her lowered head was gradually moved further and further upwards, while her tail sunk a little bit. She was nearly looking over the little bush she was standing by. Her eyes were all black, and I could feel her tension. She was dying to flush the bird.
"Ja!" I whispered loudly, and she leaped forwards, and jumped after the bird as a finishing touch of her performance. I positioned my gun, hit the trigger, and the bird fell. Erga immediately retrieved it to me, sitting by my left side. "Thank you" I said, and we continued the hunt.
Oh god, I am just so amused when I listen to gundog people talk about their dog's point and flush. In norwegian, flushing is called "reise fugl", an other way of translating this is; "erecting bird". I always laugh quietly inside me whenever I hear people talk about their dogs and say things like "He had a slow erection, we must work on making it quicker" or "He had a great erection".
So if I'm getting a hunting dog, I will get a female, just to avoid this awkwardness.
Brushes used from =tanathe
's lazy brush pack.