Note: The following blog was submitted by Rich Koepplin of Idaho East Wind Vizsla.
By Rich Koepplin
What began a few years ago as a peace-keeping compromise at home has become a passion that has changed my upland game hunting forever.
I had suggested to my wife we should start looking for a new hunting dog. The reply I got certainly indicated I should start building a dog house, alright.
We have kids now, so a new hunting dog has got to be a family dog too. My days of chasing a muddy Lab with a mouthful of duck feathers through the kitchen are over. A new pup would need to fit in with our lifestyle. It’s got to be something the entire family can get behind. It has to be gentle. It can’t be too dirty. Or stink… and so the list went on.
The ensuing exercise to document what we would all like in a new pup generated a list of traits that ran the gamut from Mother Teresa to General MacArthur. It certainly felt like creating a list of what we all needed in a canine companion was my wife’s clever way of making certain a new dog would never become a reality, without ever saying no. In reading the list out loud, it didn’t sound like any dog I’d ever met.
That was only because I hadn’t met Coho yet.
Coho fit the bill perfectly, as many Vizsla owners proclaim only their dog can do. Coho was intelligent, well-mannered, highly affectionate, and a fearless hunter with endless drive. He kept up with our active family and always provided an incentive to get outdoors. He was the perfect dog for each member of the family. And with his short-hair and lack of a “dog odor,” Mom approved too. The field champions in his bloodline told of hunting prowess long before he made his first retrieve.
We knew right away Coho would need a companion. We also knew our family needed another Vizsla.
Options in the Pacific Northwest for this less-than-common breed are limited. Our search for Coho had taken several years to source locally. We felt compelled to do something different and special with Coho’s companion.
To us, that meant bringing bloodlines to the area that haven’t historically been available in the area. That search ultimately brought us to Kansas City, Mo., and the granddaughter of Lundy’s Red Bull.
As a National Gun Dog Champion and National Field Trial Champion, Bull is an incredible animal with a pedigree to match. We felt his granddaughter was the perfect match for Coho, and was exactly the quality of bloodlines we wanted to bring to the area. Friends jokingly refer to her as the assassin, fearlessly charging bramble after bramble for errant quail only to swing the pendulum completely back to her affectionate side – completely unable to sit, stand, or lay without physically touching you.
Now, so many years after suggesting a pup should be in our future, we welcome Coho and Pooh Bear’s first litter.
They’ve produced a brilliant assembly of vibrant pups, each with all the potential to be as loving, affectionate and determined in the field as their parents.
Things have certainly come full circle, and in the end, I didn’t get the puppy I was looking for. I got ten.
Note: For more on these pups, contact the author through Idaho East Wind Vizsla’s Facebook page, or call him directly at (208) 440-1795.