Willie became ours when he was 8 weeks old. We traveled by plane to our friends' lake cabin in Northern Wisconsin to pick him up! They had his mom and also kept his brother, Max.
We were in love with Willie the instant we knew he would be ours. Our dear friends gave us our choice, based on their verbal descriptions of all the puppies. They described his chocolate brown coloring, with a white bib and one white paw! LOVE! Then they described his disposition. Willie was the last puppy out of the gate when they opened the door of the little nursery kennel. He would sit at the gate and talk! LOVE! Yes, he is very vocal, but never nuisence barks. He simply tries really hard to communicate! Cute! (unless he is telling you over and over again that he wants a treat! Then it is a bit annoying!) We also picked up a book all about German Shorthair Pointers, and the part that stood out the most to us was the fact that this breed of dog are like large lap dogs! They are their very happiest when hanging out with their families. Ahhh.... LOVE!
My husband did have some dreams of bird hunting with Willie, but Willie didn't really have a very good nose, so his hunting career was not. That was fine with me!!! I am not a big fan of hunting and I did seem to worry about Willie getting hurt or lost when he was out hunting. I preferred him to be right here, with me, snuggled up on the sofa in a ball way to small for a dog of his size.
I am so grateful that Willie is still with us at 14 years old.....
Read a sweet story about Willie on my other blog, Mermaids of the Lake: Willie's Big Adventure