Okay, folks. Here’s another installment of the F&S Reader Gun Dog series. Looks like we’ll be posting one dog a week for the near future as the e-mails keep flooding in. No doubt you are all passionate about your dogs, and with good reason.

Today we’re going to South Dakota to highlight Ben Bainbridge’s dog, Lexi.


Dog’s Name: Lexi

Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer / Labrador Retriever

Age: 2

Type of Hunting: Upland–pheasant, blue grouse, spruce grouse, chukar, quail

Favorite Place to Hunt Together: Vernon’s short woods in Cresbard, South Dakota

Moment You’re Most Proud Of: My dad and I were finishing up our day of pheasant hunting in South Dakota and we were hunting our way back toward town. We saw three roosters in the road, and Dad downed one in the tall grass on the other side of the ditch. He’d only wounded it so we let Lexi out of her kennel to try and find it.

That year was a VERY wet year in South Dakota so the road ditch had about 2 feet of water in it. Lexi plunged into the ditch and locked up solid on point while standing in water up to her chest. The rooster had buried itself in the grass the other side of the ditch.

Moment You’d Like to Forget: We were in the vet’s office after puppy-daycare (you’ve never had a more tired dog than one that comes home from a whole day of playing with other puppies), and we took her back to weigh her. That’s when the ancient, fat, slow, diabetic, one-eyed clinic cat walked around the corner. Lexi wailed like you were pulling her toenails off and put it in reverse straight out of the vet’s office.

If Your Gun Dog Could Talk It Would Say: Just love me!

Great stuff, Ben. And a nice looking dog. Keep up the good work. For those of you still interested in submitting your dog, just click here for more information. And for all of you who have already nominated your dog, thanks. There’s a very good chance you’ll be hearing from me soon.