Article excerpts from the American Field Magazine written by Dr. Pat McInteer titled
"Tails and More"
List of owners who have bought offspring or hunt with Bart and others :
Victor (515) 778-8078
Gary Ryun (515) 490-6393
Nancy Whitehead - Photographer and Author of "In The Field" ( a real masterpiece!!) (208) 481-0034
Walt (612) 756-4543
Robert White (660) 347-5959
Jim Henderson (406) 581-9729
Steve Peterson (218) 849-2238
Dr. Vince (515) 270-2111
The Keller's write..."Here's Jed!! What a dog!!
Pictured at 9 months after we had him for a month. We just love him and he's a natural retriever with soft mouth and has a great nose and breath taking on point!
This is the 2nd pointer we bought from Steve and Michelle. When we visited their kennel and others on our trip to MO 2 years ago they were the only one to offer to hunt over their dogs on their training trip to Canada that fall.
We were interested in buying a pup from Bart and Elhew Diamond Girl. We hunted and helped with their young dogs in Canada. We had a great time and fell in love with Tag. When we got home we called to buy Tag and the first thing they said is, 'You'll give her a good home!' Tag turned out to be a great Chukar dog!"
See ya this fall!
Bill & Joyce
Jed (Elhew Diamond Girl x Bart
Recent articles in the American Field concerning high-tailed dogs and the effect of the high tail on the lumbosacral joint interests me. Several persons have asked my opinion on this matter.
My answer is that I really do not know whether high tails contribute to arthritis of the lumbosacral joint. What I do know is that arthritis of the lumboscral joint, with or without disc disease, is a very common lesion in all sizes and all breeds of dogs. In pointing dogs, the effects of lumbosacral disease will often cause a lowering of the tail level while running and / or on point.
Anterior cruciate ligament tear probably has a genetic weakness component based on the number of incidence seen where the other leg is affected after the first (cruciate tear) leg. Breeding dogs with torn ACLs probably contributes to the higher incidence we are seeing at this time and I do NOT recommend using dogs with ACL ruptures for breeding.
I feel that too much emphasis is placed on the 12:00 tail. Judges without adequate bird dog experience often look at the tail, disregarding race, bird-finding ability, stamina, use of the wind, etc.