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by ckirsch
Sun Jan 29, 2023 12:11 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Update - my wife is a nurse and brought home some testing strips. Switched him back to a 24/20 food. I've been watering the food down, and adding a little apple cider vinegar and a cranberry supplement. Also letting him out to pee more often. He currently shows no sign of infection but urine shows s...
by ckirsch
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training to back and silhouette
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: Training to back and silhouette

Sharon isn't "wrong" very often.....

I'm far from an expert but this worked for me. I think CoveyRise was kind enough to give me the idea all those years ago. First dog went fast, subsequent dogs not as quickly but we eventually got there.
by ckirsch
Thu Nov 17, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training to back and silhouette
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: Training to back and silhouette

I trained a dog for the Invitational years back using a silhouette. Drew out a GSP on a sheet of 1/8 plywood, put handles on both sides so that it could be propped facing either direction. Cut it out and painted one side roan and the other white with liver spots. Employed the services of my nine-yea...
by ckirsch
Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:32 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Thanks for the thought, Sharon, but we are on city water which is pretty good here. I also have an in-home system that is supposed to dissolve minerals in it. Not sure how effective that is. Apparently not enough to prevent the problem. Hard to tell what to believe, but some information I've accesse...
by ckirsch
Wed Nov 09, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Just reread one of my previous posts and thought I should clarify that my foot troubles are not life threatening. When I said I was running out of time I was referring to being able to get around well enough to still enjoy hunting. I didn’t word that post very well….
by ckirsch
Tue Nov 08, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Thanks for all the perspectives. Much appreciated. Part of my concern is financial. I’ll admit it. Eight or nine years of feeding food that runs close to five bucks per pound is not much fun to think about. Also, I don’t think a dog can hunt anywhere near potential on 15% protein. My other struvite ...
by ckirsch
Tue Nov 08, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Thanks Garrison. Shags - I was up late last night doing exactly what you warned me not to do, and researched online. One of those sites stated that grains caused the urine to be more alkaline. I noticed (after reading your post) that the Purina food had a high grain content. I’ll visit the sites you...
by ckirsch
Tue Nov 08, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Re: Struvite Crystals In Urine

Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll look into the Purina. We have a Kangen water system in our home that will produce water with increased acidity. Wondering if that might help. Also read online that a little apple cider vinegar can help. This dog is probably the best canine friend I’ve had, even if ...
by ckirsch
Mon Nov 07, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Struvite Crystals In Urine
Replies: 19
Views: 960

Struvite Crystals In Urine

My three year old pointer (Blackhawk/Elhew/Guard Rail) has had dark, thick urine for a month or so. I took him to the vet a few weeks ago, and found he had a UTI. Antibiotics for ten days. Took him back today for another urine test and learned he has struvite crystals, which apparently is a permanen...
by ckirsch
Tue Oct 18, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Outdoor Kennel
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Outdoor Kennel

I've had a kennel somewhat similar to what you're describing for thirteen years. I used powder-coated Behlen kennel panels. They still look ok from ten feet away, but on closer inspection, the spots that my male dogs repeatedly irrigated over the years are showing quite a bit of rust. I don't know i...
by ckirsch
Sun Oct 16, 2022 9:23 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Racing pigeons
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Racing pigeons

Had homers as a kid, but never had the opportunity to race them. My family owned a KOA campground in the South Dakota badlands, and when campers who stayed with us checked out my lofts, I'd ask if they could take a box of birds with them the following day to release. I'd put one of the little messag...
by ckirsch
Tue Oct 11, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Pointer Cold Tolerance
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: English Pointer Cold Tolerance

I'm probably more concerned about my dogs staying warm on the long drives to and from December hunts than during the actual hunts. As Garrison stated, short-haired dogs seem fine as long as they're moving, but I take a few extra steps to make sure mine are comfortable while being transported. I use ...
by ckirsch
Sun Oct 09, 2022 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Pointer Cold Tolerance
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: English Pointer Cold Tolerance

I've had four. One struggled a little with cold, particularly if he got a little wet. Not surprisingly, he was also had the best heat tolerance of the four. The other three seemed pretty oblivious to cold. That said, our western SD winters aren't quite as brutal as yours, and I'll usually stay home ...
by ckirsch
Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:03 am
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: To all the good ones
Replies: 18
Views: 7758

Re: To all the good ones

Sorry, Sharon. I can only imagine what it will be like to say goodbye to my final dog. Probably won't be too far off for me so I'm reminding myself to enjoy every second I get with mine.

I sure hope you'll remain involved in the forum. It would seem emptier without you.
by ckirsch
Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: S. E. Snake Prevention Training Q & A
Replies: 12
Views: 4868

Re: S. E. Snake Prevention Training Q & A

I ran a two year old pointer thru snake breaking before last season and wasn't convinced he really had it figured out, so I signed him up again a few weeks ago. We turned toward the snake and were about fifteen yards out (dog on a leash) and he just about pulled me over trying to go in the opposite ...
by ckirsch
Tue Aug 23, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Skeet/Trap + Training a bird dog :)
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

Re: Skeet/Trap + Training a bird dog :)

I guess I'd also be concerned about potential long-term impacts on the dog's hearing. It's one thing being exposed to a half-dozen shots during a hunt. Sitting through hundreds of shots at a trap cub seems like an unnecessary risk. As my own hearing has deteriorated over the years, I've become more ...
by ckirsch
Mon May 09, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog running out the door
Replies: 14
Views: 1629

Re: Dog running out the door

You're getting some good advice. I also train my dogs not to jump into the pickup box until instructed to do so. It's not cool when someone has a new Weatherby laying on the tailgate and a dog lands on top of it jumping in. Additionally, I work on training mine to remain in their boxes until called ...
by ckirsch
Sat Apr 23, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member/EP advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1840

Re: New member/EP advice

I had an HTA grandson with Rebel on the bottom side who was by far the most biddable dog I've owned. I've never had another dog who was so concerned about making me smile. Ice set the bar almost unreachably high for the dogs that came after him. I lost him to cancer at seven, and have often heard si...
by ckirsch
Sun Apr 10, 2022 11:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some things I could manage without.
Replies: 28
Views: 3006

Re: Some things I could manage without.

I vaccinate my dogs, and snake break them as well, but a dog can be snake broke and vaccinated and still die from a snake bite. A "broke" dog can get bitten while flying across a field, never having any idea it was bitten by a snake that it stepped on while running full speed Most vets will admit th...
by ckirsch
Fri Mar 25, 2022 2:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Too much tracking for young pup?
Replies: 11
Views: 1799

Re: Too much tracking for young pup?

Get with the NAVHDA group. I doubt you'll run into anyone who objects to you and your setter. I've been running pointers in NAVHDA for the past fifteen years with no problems. My guess is that most will be intrigued by your dog - I got lots of "I didn't know they'd swim / retrieve" comments. You'll ...
by ckirsch
Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Hunter titles: JH/SH/MH
Replies: 66
Views: 9303

Re: AKC Hunter titles: JH/SH/MH

Hate to see this disintegrating into a "my game is better than yours" debate. Tests and trial winners are indeed decided through judges' opinions. Sometimes it's better to have an outside opinion, as we are all a little biased as to the abilities of our own dogs. Great dogs can obviously come withou...
by ckirsch
Wed Dec 22, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: joint care
Replies: 27
Views: 4772

Re: joint care

Sharon - someone on here recommended Mendota glucosamine tablets. My older pointer gobbles them up like candy, and I have to say that he seems to be a little less achy after having been on them for a few weeks. Might be worth a shot.....
by ckirsch
Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????
Replies: 52
Views: 14709

Re: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????

The earlier posts about big coveys of grouse reminded me of an encounter years ago. I was pheasant hunting with three others here in western South Dakota, on a very windy late December day. I typically give up on prairie grouse by the middle of November, given that, as described in earlier posts, in...
by ckirsch
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where Is Everyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 3143

Re: Where Is Everyone?

I'm just glad this forum is available. I rarely post, but check in daily, and have learned a great deal from those like RayG, CoveyRise, and others who've been there and done that. I'm an admitted dinosaur, and do not use Facebook. Obviously a great concept but it's use to politically manipulate use...
by ckirsch
Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

Thought I'd provide an update on this in case anyone else's dogs are having issues with pressure sores. I used Coveyrise's suggestion and it has worked like magic. Cut the panels down to fit over the plywood floors of the dogs' inside kennel boxes, and within a couple weeks they are pretty well heal...
by ckirsch
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Pointer Tail
Replies: 8
Views: 2132

Re: English Pointer Tail

This is probably not what you want to hear, but in my mind it's unlikely that your dog's tail will improve. I'm on my fourth pointer, and none of their tails changed significantly from what they carried as a pup. I have one that is exactly what Shags described - his tail varies day to day, sometimes...
by ckirsch
Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Potential.....
Replies: 5
Views: 1775

Potential.....

This pup had me frustrated a bit last fall when he temporarily decided he was a Springer rather than a pointer. He's since regained his composure and has been very staunch on his birds for the past few months. He just turned two and I'm looking forward to getting him out on the prairie after sharpta...
by ckirsch
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Please Welcome New Members - Introduce Yourself Here!
Topic: Another new guy here.
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Another new guy here.

Welcome, and thanks so much for your many years in law enforcement! Keep us posted on your setter's progress.
by ckirsch
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

I'm not interested in bedding for warmth - I mentioned that my dogs have access to insulated quarters. My concern is that they are getting sores on their elbows and hocks from laying on the hard plywood. My vet has plastic trays of some sort in the bottoms of the kennels in his practice, which are f...
by ckirsch
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

Another good idea. I could use the barrels as per weimdogman's suggestion, cutting one in half and laying it in the wooden boxes. Could put some hay in there, I guess I could sweep up whatever they managed to kick out onto the floor.

Appreciate the ideas....
by ckirsch
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

Where does one purchase marsh hay? How long does it last before breaking down?
by ckirsch
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

The doors on the boxes are about six inches up; so there is a substantial lip, but the way the one dog digs at his floor, I'd still guess he'd distribute most of the shavings out onto the floor. Frustrating to want to make them more comfortable and then have them stymie the effort. Setters would pro...
by ckirsch
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Re: Kennel Bedding

Some good ideas already. One of the dogs scratches through the box's flooring - I've had to replace the plywood twice in four years. Wondering if he'd scratch thru the horse mat as well. Also unsure that those matts offer enough cushion although they's be better than plywood. Worth a try for the $60...
by ckirsch
Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Bedding
Replies: 27
Views: 4406

Kennel Bedding

My two pointers have outside runs off the back of my attached garage, with dog doors providing access to the interior sections of their kennels, which contain wooden boxes in which to sleep, along with small adjacent areas where they can be fed and watered. The boxes' interiors measure 22 x 32, prov...
by ckirsch
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Chuckar hunters funny.
Replies: 4
Views: 1850

Re: Chuckar hunters funny.

Who brought up bra size? Relevance?

I guess that, for decades, I've been guilty of insulting and offending my wife and five daughters by telling them how beautiful they are. How odd that it has always seemed to make them smile.

Shame on me.
by ckirsch
Mon May 03, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stormy and Sis pup at one year
Replies: 11
Views: 3042

Re: Stormy and Sis pup at one year

Beautiful pup, Don!

I'm a pointer guy but seeing a dark red setter with that level of style and intensity gets me to thinking.....
by ckirsch
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No wheels on my wagon.
Replies: 28
Views: 6339

Re: No wheels on my wagon.

So sorry, Trekmoor. Will be praying for you.
by ckirsch
Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Carded quail.....same quick flutter but don't lose the bird
Replies: 15
Views: 3242

Re: Carded quail.....same quick flutter but don't lose the bird

I use the surveyor's tape with chukar. A ten foot strip tied to one foot. When launched, they'll often fly up to a couple hundred yards before going back down, so there is usually not much chance of a young dog running them down and catching them. When I'm done training for the day, I'll put the pup...
by ckirsch
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: To all the good ones
Replies: 18
Views: 7758

Re: To all the good ones

You are a gifted writer. Your words paint pictures and convey emotions that likely resonate with most on this forum.

Sorry about your dog. My guess is that he felt the same way about you.
by ckirsch
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Outside kennels, what would you do different
Replies: 7
Views: 2524

Re: Outside kennels, what would you do different

My back yard is on a fairly steep slope, so I put a drain in the middle of my 10 x 10 pad and ran 2" pvc about fifty yards farther down the hill. I'm able to rinse out the kennels each day and they stay smelling much better, which is important since they are near my deck. It was a lot of work diggin...
by ckirsch
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Post Flush Flagging
Replies: 7
Views: 2913

Re: Post Flush Flagging

I'll second the recommendation that Ray write a book. I learn something each time I read one of his posts.
by ckirsch
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Sundance Wyoming AKC hunt test dbl-dbl
Replies: 2
Views: 3120

Re: Sundance Wyoming AKC hunt test dbl-dbl

That's a beautiful site for a test. In the shadow of Devil's Tower. We have a new Black Hills NAVHDA Chapter that tests there as well.
by ckirsch
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Pointer breeders in Iowa
Replies: 5
Views: 2853

Re: English Pointer breeders in Iowa

Can't go wrong with Bob Konz at Hackberry. Typically offers Elhew and Blackawk lines. Very knowledgeable guy. Spotless kennels. Lots of satisfied customers. I picked up a pup from him last fall and am very happy with it thus far.
by ckirsch
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 14
Views: 5804

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

Followed Shag's advice and checked out abebooks. Picked up the Hochwalt's "Modern Pointer" and another Horace Lytle book, "Breaking A Bird Dog". Both are interesting. Hochwalt provides a thorough history of the breed, and Lytle provides training tips that remain relevant almost a hundred years later...
by ckirsch
Fri May 15, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 14
Views: 5804

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

Ruark's "Old Man and The Boy" and "The Old Man's Boy Grows Older" both contain some stories about his experiences hunting quail behind his setters and pointers, as well as tales about fishing, waterfowling, and big game hunting. He's probably my favorite writer as well. I've given copies of that boo...
by ckirsch
Mon May 11, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 14
Views: 5804

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

Lytle was a very good writer - "How To...' is very entertaining and you'll pick up an old school training tip or two as well. His book about his Irish Setter "Smada Bird" is titled "Gun Dogs Afield" and another great read. I found a copy a year or so ago. The book was written in 1942, and inside the...
by ckirsch
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 5750

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

AG; Check the number of pointers entered in NAVHDA tests over the past number of years, then calculate the percentage of those dogs passing the tests. You'll find that pointers, while entered far less frequently, typically score pretty close to what the established "versatile" breeds do. That's what...
by ckirsch
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 5750

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

Average Guy; Thank you for sharing your experience and qualifications. For the record, I'll be sixty this fall, which puts my years of bird hunting roughly equal to yours. Like you, I've hunted behind more than a few dogs during that time, in a state highly regarded for it's excellent upland hunting...
by ckirsch
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 5750

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

"Dare I add, EPs are alot more dog than most can handle" I'd add that to the myth list. My first EP scored a 198 Pz 1 UT at eighteen months, and earned his VC a year later. I was a first-time handler for both those tests. Before the UT, I used a frozen road-killed coot for training water work becaus...
by ckirsch
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 5750

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

I got started in pointers fifteen years ago, after having some versatiles that I enjoyed, and I haven't looked back. My biggest surprise has been the retrieving, including in water - all four of those I've had thus far have been pretty solid in that regard, good enough for a VC and two other UT's. I...