As soon as I saw the photo prompt for Sepia Saturday, I immediately thought of my pup and rescuing dogs. Her name is Daisy and she is a Pointer. They are used for finding birds and they have a distinctive pointing stance they take when they spy the prey. Our dog would not be a good hunting companion as she spooks easily from loud noises-a problem when the guns are discharged. But she does like to hunt and that is what she does daily in our yard which is backed up to the woods. We have a constant stream of wildlife coming into the yard from all variety of birds to squirrels, river otters, snakes, deer, and foxes just to name a few. Rabbits are a particular favorite and we have had many instances where first the rabbit is sprinting past us followed closely by Miss Daisy. She has stood her ground with a coyote and got into a fight with it. Turned out, the coyote had a den of pups about 50 yards from the house.
We rescued her from OnPoint Rescue who specialized in taking in Pointers from high kill shelters and finding homes for them. Daisy’s mom was a stray running the streets in a town in Kentucky. By the time she was caught, she was already pregnant. She gave birth to 8 puppies on February 9, 2007. OnPoint Rescue, based in Missouri, took in the mom and pups. We chose Daisy and when she was ready, they transported her via a group of volunteers passing her from car to car until they got to us in Cleveland. From there, we drove her the rest of the way home. These volunteers are passionate about rescuing and will typically drive about a hundred miles and have a designated meeting spot to pass the pup to the next person. It takes a lot of coordination to set up one of these transports and we met them at about the halfway point.
Daisy does not like the beach or water. We go to the beach every year and she will not go anywhere near the sand. When walking her she always turns away from the ocean and insists on staying near the grass. The closest she gets is on the deck to check out the seagulls that fly by.