The Spike-Toothed Weasel

We call her Spike-Toothed Weasel, Pupper-Snapper and fairly often Tooth-Turd, and you know her as Gypsy –our pudelpointer puppy. All her affectionate names are connected to her mouth habits and her really sharp teeth. One day I was down at the barn, and Bruce had a visitor, so he walked outside to talk for a few minutes. Gypsy was in the house alone, and when Bruce came back Gypsy had a roll of toilet paper strewn through the bathroom and out across the mudroom.

During this same adventure she plucked a large bag of thawing black-eyes peas off the kitchen counter. She broke into the bag and shook black-eyed peas in a savory tomato sauce all over our oriental rug in the living room. These are a just a couple examples of why she has earned the cute name of Spike-Toothed Weasel.

Last time I wrote about Gypsy she weighed 22 pounds, and last week the vet said she weighed 48 pounds. She’s six months old now, and taller than Ouzel. In many ways Gypsy is grown up. She has learned how to deal with the donkeys so she doesn’t get kicked, and she is pretty much housebroken; though, she sometimes still gets carsick. She has a very sweet temperament, and she is eager to please.

Bruce is delighted, overall, with how she is coming along with her training. He is trying to teach Gypsy to take directions in the field using a shepherd’s whistle. This is a new approach, since the shepherd’s whistle is traditionally used for sheepdogs moving sheep. Despite Gypsy’s young age she is making progress in finding and pointing game and in retrieving ducks in icy cold water, and is beginning to learn how to be handled from a distance. It’s an exciting time for both dog and man.

Teaching Gypsy how to drink from a bladder while she is hunting in the desert.
Teaching Gypsy how to drink from a bladder while she is hunting in the desert.
The dogs find a cattle watering trough while hunting in Eastern Oregon.
The dogs find a cattle watering trough while hunting in Eastern Oregon.

Gypsy has a great fondness for intimate experiences with cat tails. With Ouzel it used to be slugs in Alaska.
Gypsy has a great fondness for intimate experiences with cat tails. With Ouzel it used to be slugs in Alaska.
Gypsy watches for ducks from the blind.
Gypsy watches for ducks from the blind.
Miles and miles for one man and three dogs to hunt for upland game birds.
Miles and miles for one man and three dogs to hunt for upland game birds.
Hot water heater went out in the R.V. while we were on a two week trip. Gypsy supervises and gets soapy and wet too.
Hot water heater went out in the R.V. while we were on a two week trip. Gypsy supervises and gets soapy and wet too.
Gypsy with Mount Hood in the background.
Gypsy with Mount Hood in the background.
Gypsy looking like a rabbit in the snow.
Gypsy looking like a rabbit in the snow.
Burstin' 'em cat tails is the best!
Burstin’ ’em cat tails is the best!
Gypsy making one of her first strong points on a wild bird.
Gypsy making one of her first strong points on a wild bird.

18 thoughts on “The Spike-Toothed Weasel

    1. Great shots! Thanks for sharing. Gypsy and the cat-tails made me chuckle. Thanks Dagny! I did not realize you were Madame Vauquer. Now I am seeing your name. Anyway, thanks for commenting. Agreed the cat-tails are great fun! Sher

      1. Almost no one except those from some of the Yahoo book groups realized I was Madame Vauquer. I only realized earlier this week that I could change the way the name appeared at WordPress.

      2. Almost no one except those from some of the Yahoo book groups realized I was Madame Vauquer. I only realized earlier this week that I could change the way the name appeared at WordPress. Good job Dagny. I really enjoy knowing who comments. I mean it is fun to envision folks. Pretty much everyone who gets my blog is someone I know in some way or another.

  1. Your post is so evocative of landscapes I miss! Gypsy messing with the cattails is pretty darn sweet. I love the photo of your shampoo being supervised amidst those eastern OR hills.

    1. Your post is so evocative of landscapes I miss! Gypsy messing with the cattails is pretty darn sweet. I love the photo of your shampoo being supervised amidst those eastern OR hills. Hi Valerie–The cat tails photos make me laugh too. And it was very fun to be there while it was happening. Thanks for your comments — always nice to hear from you. Sher

    1. The cat tail pics are the best! Love the sky in the last photo; the land is truly spectacular. Hi Elisabeth- I thought of you when I posted the cat tails — I thought you would like them best, since you so enjoyed the photo of Gypsy slumped over the curb. Tickled the funny bone. 🙂 Thanks for saying hello. Sher

  2. Great picture;, the landscape looks so vast! Love the cat tail pictures, can just imagine her sheer joy within the stand of cat tails. Thanks for sharing.
    Pat

    1. Great picture;, the landscape looks so vast! Love the cat tail pictures, can just imagine her sheer joy within the stand of cat tails. Thanks for sharing.
      Pat
      Hi Pat– Good to hear from you. I love the energy of puppies. Just her thought of grabbing and bursting the cat-tails is so puppy-ish. Wonderful to have that crazy energy around. of course, sigh, it does not last in quite the same way. 🙂

    1. Beautiful pictures, Sher. Love pics of Gypsy watching for ducks from the blind and pointing. Thanks Deb- those images are emblematic- to me. They so capture the silences and space of these activities. Just you, your dog, and the wild – ness. 🙂

    1. Awesome as always. Can’t believe the cat tail fetish! Hi Jamey– thanks for your comments. I so enjoy each animals has a different “fetish.” Keeps me going with so much to write about. 🙂 Gypsy is a doll! Sher

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