"Lucky," the Pointer's Diary

The Pointer

The Pointer is bred primarily for sport afield; he should unmistakably look and act the part. The ideal specimen gives the immediate impression of compact power and agile grace; the head noble, proudly carried; the expression intelligent and alert; the muscular body bespeaking both staying power and dash. Here is an animal whose every movement shows him to be a wide-awake, hard-driving hunting dog possessing stamina, courage, and the desire to go. And in his expression are the loyalty and devotion of a true friend of man.

The Pointer is gentle with children which makes him a wonderful family dog. Because the Pointer requires a lot of exercise, it is not a breed recommended for a small city apartment. The Pointer's coat is easy to take care of; just a couple of minutes of grooming a day will give it a healthy shine.

The Pointer's even temperament and alert good sense make him a congenial companion both in the field and the home. He should be dignified and should never show timidity toward man or dog.

"Lucky," the Pointer's Diary

On Monday, April 29, 2002, our baby puppy was born. Helen named him "Lucky." He's a Pointer, belonging to the sporting group. He has black hair and a deep grey chest and grey paws. He has a new moon-shape, white hair marking on the back of his neck, a white-tipped nose, and five white strands of hairs at the tip of his tail. He's greatly affectionate and good-natured, especially around toddlers and other puppies or dogs. The folks in our neighbourhood just love to meet him! Did you know that the first Pointers appeared in England about 1650 and that the Pointer was the first dog used to stand game?

On June 17, Lucky measured 30", and on July 8, 36" from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. By instinct and not by example, as he was playing with his blow-up pup doll "Kenji," he started humping it at seven weeks! His favourite treats are blueberries, and coconut cookies.

Lucky has learnt and remembered his name since he came home on May 9. He has also learnt to do his business outside the house, after overcoming the great challenge of going up and down the steps. He is very intelligent and is able to take simple commands in English such as "come," "sit," "no," "stay," "down," "stay down," "kennel," "off," "heel," "open," "go," and "fetch", and to take praise in Chinese such as "guai guai" meaning "you're a good dog," all of which I patiently and painstakingly taught him. He is not a barker but an excellent stalker, a trait that comes natural with all hunting and sporting dogs. If you let him, he'll sniff out your ears and nibble them.

We fenced our yard on July 6, and he's been sleeping at night in his little house since then. Lucky weighed 20 lbs on his first vaccination on July 10. On July 14, I put Lucky on a six-month Advantage flea program.

Helen and I took Lucky to the Vancouver Folk Festival at Jericho Beach on July 20. This was the first time Lucky saw and heard the waves. Although he didn't want to get his paws wet, we had an enjoyable stroll along the beach.

In the morning of July 21, when I examined Lucky's stool, I found a bunch of dead roundworms. I carefully extracted the longest one (5"), cleaned it and put the specimen in a jam jar. I took Lucky to the Atlas Animal Hospital Vancouver to have him de-wormed. Lucky weighed 24 lbs then. The vet gave me two-2.5 cc syringes of Strongid to be given to Lucky on that day and to be repeated on August 2. Strongid de-worms only roundworms. When I came home, I applied the drug easily because Lucky is used to having my fingers inside his mouth. Lucky is a good pup.

Lucky is a little over 13 weeks old now and it's time to buy his dry again. He's on Medi-Cal Development Formula, which is only sold at the vet. Lucky weighed 28 lbs on July 30. I applied the second and last Strongid on August 2.

Lucky is two years old today. Happy birthday Lucky! You must be more careful when you go out alone at night; the cars can't see you. I was so hurt to hear that a car hit you and you had to lie all night in the rain at Prince Albert and King Edward. I hope that you feel better now.

I've added a picture of Lucky taken on September 15, 2002. Back to Top

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