Two years ago, Larry Crouch and his family got a free bird dog. The pup, an Elhew English pointer, was a giveaway because he'd been born with a right front leg that hadn't fully developed. Normally, a dog, especially a hunting breed, with such a birth defect would be put down right away. But something about this pup drew people to him, and beguiled Crouch into taking him home. He became an instant member of the family and was named Hobbs.