The Rest of the Pack

"Freezeout Lake", aka "Freezy"

"Freezeout Lake", aka "Freezy" is a yellow English lab born June 2008. She joined our pack in August. She has a great personality, is a sweetie, has fit in well with the rest of the pack and will be our new hunting companion. Freezer spent the summer learning to fit into the pack and also helping me paint. Then it was hunting season and we took her to Freezeout Lake, her namesake, for her 'baptism'.

She very quickly decided that she loved water and birds and following Joy and Ruger when they were hunting pheasants.  So now she has been retrieving, seen birds shot, knows what a pheasant trail smells like and knows that heading out to the field is very much fun.





Ruger napping with Carlene, March 2004Ruger is our Viszla that we rescued through the UT Viszla Rescue Organization in March 2004. We had been looking for a Viszla to be a hunting dog that would help Calli in the field and decided to check out the rescues since that is another aspect of the dog world that we want to be involved in. Ruger and a couple of his brothers were taken from their breeder because of neglect. He suffered from malnutrition and that with weeks on a small concrete area had nearly flattened his feet to the crippling point. He was also fearful and shy. But he slept quietly in my arms on the way home from UT and quickly endeared us with his loving personality. We started his hunter training after he had a chance to sRuger playing with Joy and Starettle in with us and his intelligence and natural abilities were quickly evident. By the fall of 2004 we felt he was ready for his first hunting experience but then we discovered the painful side of his personality. Because of his months of neglect and no socialization and limited food, Ruger is basically very insecure when not at home. As we started his first hunt, we watched his fear emerge and his self-confidence fade. It was sad to see him feeling that way and while we were a bit disappointed that he just could not overcome his puppy experiences enough to be a hunter, we love him anyway and he has become our "snuggle puppy". In addition to his constant desire to give affection, one of Ruger's other talents is his speed aRuger giving mernie a good run, December 20, 2006nd his gazelle-like runs are a marvel to watch. He is always looking for someone to run with and any new puppy will engage in his favorite game even though they can never keep up or out run him. When the puppies leave Ruger tries to get the other dogs to run with him but with their age and physical limitations they just look at him as he runs circles around them. Ruger is now safe, happy, and brings us joy with his loving personality.

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