Now, there are all sorts of problems (all solvable) associated with this long-term decline, but since this is ostensibly a gundogs blog, let's just focus on that aspect. What do you think will happen to our magnificent pointing dog breeds if we can't halt this decline in bird hunter numbers? For countless generations and centuries, these dogs have evolved to find and point birds for us, to hunt. But if there are no birds to point, if there are no hunters to train them, to fine-tune that instinct and then take them afield, what then? Do they eventually become just another pet breed, their exquisite and remarkable qualities dulled by a largely meaningless 21st-century canine existence? The kind of life in which chasing neighborhood pigeons at the dog park is about as good as it gets?