Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Exercise Your Dogs!

FOCUS your dogs energy with these new "Dog Powered" vehicles !

The dog powered SCOOTER and TRIKE.

They are revolutionary in that they are the first animal/dog pulled devices that place the dog in the REAR behind a steering wheel !

This gives the rider precision steering control making the unit easy to use and practical for urban use on paved sidewalks and bike paths, or smooth/packed dirt.

The systems essentially eliminates the commands and dog training normally associated with the sport, since the dog HAS to follow the direction of the vehicle. Both rigs utilize an adjustible metal outrigger bar that clips into BOTH sides of the dogs' harness to focus all that canine energy in the direction the rider wants to go.

The dog cannot turn his shoulders much and is thus limited to the forward direction making it safe/controllable and predictable. The dog cannot turn to pull you over to the side.

There is NO downward weight on the dog and the system actually supports the dog/dogs side to side and vertically so there is no physical or mental stress on the dog. The dog can sit and even ly down while hooked into the system.

Both rigs are much safer than anything associated with a bicycle and a dog. The Trike is totally stable and safe. The Scooter is very safe but still requires just enough skill/balance to make it an exciting sport.

This also offers excellent control of the reactive/aggressive dog. Of course these units have good strong brakes, fenders and wheelcovers to protect the dog. And since they are also human powered ALL THE LOAD CAN BE TAKEN OFF THE DOG AT ANY TIME or you can team up with your dog and enjoy the thrill of mushing- urban style.

Each system can utilize up to 4 dogs! Or you can pop the bars off and use the rigs under just human power.

Its even appropriate for responsible kids and older folk who may have slight disabilities - in fact this may be an opportunity to create a whole new type of service dog for those in need- the mobility dog !

Of course dog safety is of prime importance, so only caring owners need apply and must follow the recommendations about maximum rider weight compared to the dogs weight, reduced and or eliminate warm temperature usage, and limitations due to the the dogs age, physical ability and drive.

To see the units in action, detailed safety precautions and prices go to : WWW.DOGPOWEREDSCOOTER.COM

or call the manuf. at 541-383-3845 in Oregon.

For more information, go to Dog Powered Scooters.

Monday, November 30, 2009

German Wirehair Pointer Memorabilia!

The GWPCA has a few 50th Anniversary gold pins still available.
$10 each- no shipping costs

We also have some catalogs available from the 2009 National Events....
$10 each. $3.00 shipping for a catalog.

Order a pin and a catalog..... $23.oo

When they are gone, they are gone forever!

Make check payable to GWPCA
Send payment to:
Bernee Brawn
1408 Pineville Road
New Hope, PA 18938

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just in time for the holidays
Is there anything more wonderful than a puppy?
Especially a German Wirehaired Pointer puppy?

I search the internet all the time looking for GWP items to add to my collection. When I found this, I knew it was something I wanted to share with others that love this breed.

Printed on Museum Quality 100% cotton rag paper
with archival inks.

2 sizes available

8" x 10" (image size) printed on 8.5"x11" paper - $19.00
11" x 14" (image size) printed on 13" x 18" paper - $36.00

Print is hand signed by the artist L.A. Shepard on the front border.

Options for purchase
You can send me a check of money order (include $5.00 for shipping to:
Bernee Brawn
1408 Pineville Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Pay securely on line with PayPal


Your print will be mailed within 3 days of payment being received.
If you have any questions, please contact me!
Bernee Brawn

GWP Items For Sale

Is there anything more wonderful than a puppy?
Especially a German Wirehaired Pointer puppy?

I search the internet all the time looking for GWP items to add to my collection. When I found this, I knew it was something I wanted to share with others that love this breed.

Printed on Museum Quality 100% cotton rag paper
with archival inks.

2 sizes available

  • 8" x 10" (image size) printed on 8.5"x11" paper -$19.00
  • 11" x 14" (image size) printed on 13" x 19" paper - $36.00
Shipping $5.00 to U.S
Outside of U.S $10

Print is hand signed by the artist L.A Shepard on the front border.
You can purchase this print two ways.

Pay by check or money order.

Make checks payable to:
Bernee Brawn
1408 Pineville Road
New Hope, PA 18938
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1982-1987 GWPCA Yearbooks

Over 250 photos of German Wirehaired Pointers that were campaigned and or finished titles from 1982 -1987. Also included are the 4 generation pedigree of each dog listed.

If you are an owner and or breeder of GWP's this book should be a part of your library.

Books are $30, shipping is included.

Two ways to pay, Click on the Add To Cart button below to pay via Paypal.

Or send a check made payable to
Bernee Brawn
1408 Pineville Road, New Hope, PA 18938

All proceeds of the sale of the yearbook go to the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2009 National Field Events- All placements

Pyramid State Park, Pinckneyville, ILL

October 27- November 1, 2009

Derby Classic

Judges: Bob Burchett & Ken Chenoweth

19 Entries

1st PlaceBrillow’s Wild West Ponder Rosa (Fuzzy) Owner: John Sodoro

2nd PlaceTumalo Timberjack (Jack) Owner: John & Sandy Williams

3rd PlaceCascade Sophia V Blitzen (Sophie) Owner: Mary Hanson

4th PlaceThe Natural (Lee) Owner: Red Brannan & Greg Dixon

Puppy Classic

Judges: Ned Myers & Chuck Parietti

14 Entries

1st PlaceBrillow’s Wild West Ponder Rosa (Fuzzy) Owner: John Sodoro

2nd PlaceThe Shocker (Biggee) Owner: Greg & Liz Dixon

3rd PlaceBrillow’s Wild West Geronimo (Chief) Owner: Rhonda D. Haukoos

4th PlaceJay-Mar’s Walk The Line (Cash) Owner: Mike Braddock & Nickol Litwin


Judges: Ned Myers & Chuck Parietti

12 Entries

1st PlaceTumalo Timberjack (Jack) Owner: John & Sandy Williams

2nd PlaceOverbaron’s Deja Voodoo (Dolly) Owner: Anthony McGrane

3rd PlaceCh. Scotian Smoke N Joe (Rugar) Owner: Joelle & Andy George

4th PlaceOkk Plato Petula (Pet) Owner: John & Ruth Schoonover

Jed’s SF Blue Belle, JH (Belle) Owner: Mike & Kay Braddock

National Amateur Championship

Judges: Bob Burchett & Ken Chenoweth

20 Entries

1st PlaceDC/AFC Griffith’s Willy Be Mine? (Willy) Owner: Carolyn & Doug Griffith

2nd PlaceNAFC/Ch. Ariel’s Justa Gotta Go Now (Louie) Owner: Mary Pat Ezzo & Bernee Brawn

3rd PlaceNFC/FC Backwoods Sure Shot Wilson (Wilson) Owner: Greg Dixon & Roger Bultman

4th PlaceFC Jerelin’s Justa Stacked Deck (Demi) Owner: Bernee Brawn & Fran Sakiey

National Championship

Judges: Ned Myers & Chuck Parietti

23 Entries

1st PlaceFC Brillow’s Wild West Show (Miss Kitty) Owner: Rhonda D. Haukoos

2nd PlaceNFC/3xNAFC DC/AFC Rudolph’s Blitzen Von Duffin (Blitz) Owner: John & Sandy Williams

3rd PlaceDC/AFC Griffith’s Willy Be Mine? (Willy) Owner: Carolyn & Doug Griffith

4th PlaceFC/AFC Showdown At OKK Corral (Wyatt) Owner: Gary & Sandi Wickwire

2009 National Field Events- All placements

2009 National Championships Field Photos

2009 GWPCA National Field Championships

National Amateur Championship Judges
Bob Burchett & Ken Chenoweth
2009 National Amateur Champion
Dual Ch/AFC Griffith's Willy Be Mine?
Owner/Handler Carolyn Griffiths

National Championship Judges
Ned Myers & Chuck Parietti

2009 National Championship Placements
1. Brillows Wild West Show- Owner: Rhonda Haukoos Handler: Jim West
2. NFC/DC/AFC Rudolf's Blitzen Von Duffin Owners: John & Sandy Williams Hander: John
3. NAFC/DC/AFC Griffith's Willy Be Mine? Owner: Carolyn Griffith Handler: Dave LaChance
4. FC Showdown at OKK Coral Owner: Gary & Sandy Wickwire Handler: Gary Wickwire

Open Championship callbacks for retrieve
Gary Wickwire and Wyatt- 4th

John Williams and Blitz- 2nd
Jim West and Miss Kitty- winner

2009 National Amateur Championship
1. DC/AFC Griffiths Willy Be Mine? Owner/Handler: Carolyn Griffiths
2. NAFC/CH Ariel's Justa Gotta Go Now Owners: Bernee Brawn & Dr. MaryPat Ezzo Handler: Bernee Brawn
3. NFC/FC Backwoods Sure Shot Wilson Owners: Greg Dixon & Roger Bultman Handler: Bruce Mueller
4. FC Jerelin's Justa Stacked Deck Owners: Bernee Brawn & Dr. Francis Sakiey Handler: Bernee Brawn

Callbacks for the Amateur Championship
Carolyn Griffiths' and Willy- Winner

Bernee Brawn & Demi 4th place

Bernee Brawn & Louie 2nd place

Watch for more photos to come!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dr. Francis Sakiey

Just this of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

I know Bounty, Tequila, Moriah, Topper, Putter, Rita, Lacie and Weasie are there with you, the fields are full of birds, and you will never miss again! Give them all a hug for me.

On October 3, 2009 I lost one of my dearest friends.

Dr. Francis Sakiey, quietly and easily crossed over the bridge.

While we were all devastated, we were also so thankful that his crossing was easy and painless.

That very day, Fran took Stella to a field trial at the English Setter Club in Medford NJ and ran her in the Open Limited Stake. Unfortunately, Stella didn't win the stake, but from his phone message "she was doing one hell of a job", but "she forgot to back". That'd be Stella.

Fran went home, and decided he wasn't feeling so well. So he called and left me a message telling me that he probably wasn't going to go back the next day. If I wanted to pick Stella up and run her, that would be fine. Unfortunately, I didn't pick up the phone that night when it rang.

Fran died quietly in his sleep that evening.

The next day I listened to my messages...... there was that familiar voice, one I had heard for almost 30 yrs, telling me of his decision to take the next day easy. It was to be the last time I would hear his voice.

Fran was 73 yrs old, was supported by and loved by his wife Elizabeth who didn't exactly share Fran's love of the dogs, hunting and field trialing, but she put up with it. She knew. Liz also put up with me being in Fran's life, and for that I thank her. Not many women could have, or would have been able to deal with the closeness that Fran and I shared, but she knew that she was the love of his life. I just shared one small piece of that life.

Fran's daughter Cindy used to be a frequent visitor at the trials when she was a teenager. Now she is a mom of two great kids, Cara and Zack. Cindy and her family always took the retired dogs from us, and gave them a wonderful home for their final years. They still have Petey, who at 15 is still going on his daily walks. Wheeler will go to their home and become a loved part of their family.

Fran was a quiet man, a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. And he was a wise man, and he tried hard to teach me. Fran was never one to get involved in the petty, silly and sometimes nasty day-day nonsense we see in the dog world. When I saw some injustice, he would let me rant and rave, pound my fist, and be angry. But then, as always, he would talk me down, and help me see the other side of the coin. He saved me from myself many, many times.

He always had a smile on his face, a kind word and a pat on the back for everyone.

But as Fran got older, he became deaf as a post and he used it to his best advantage! I swear, just like an old dog who can't hear commands, but could always hear the refrigerator open.... he could hear me... he just chose not too! He would just have that smile on his face....tap his ear... can't hear ya!

And then he hummed. And sang, just under his voice, never quite loud enough for anyone to know what the heck he was humming or singing, it used to drive me crazy! But now I'll never know what it was he was humming and singing.

Fran loved his dogs. He loved hunting, fishing, bird dogs and field trialing. No one would ever know how really competitive he was, because he took his wins and losses with grace. If he thought he was left out of the ribbons unfairly, you would never see him complaining, but rather we would walk back to the car and talk about it. Even if he thought the judges were wrong, he would always congratulate the winners with a sincere "Good For You!"

I'll never forget the year he won the GWPCA National Amateur Championship with Tequila. After the trophies were awarded, the photos taken and we were alone, he had tears in his eyes. "We did it" he said, "We did it!" and he hugged me and Tequila hard.

I'll miss you my friend. Thank you for all of the life lessons, thank you for being my friend.

Happy Hunting, Fran, Happy Hunting!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2009 Puppies at 6 months old

The puppies are growing up....

From the Sassy x Brody litter...
Here is a photo of Jeff at 12 wks old.
A couple of photos of Jeff at 6 month old, hunting with his Uncle Elvis.
Elvis is 16 and is from a litter we bred a looooong time ago. Elvis is a littermate to Jeff's grandfather- DC/AFC Bounty's Justa Pegleg Pete, who is also still going strong at 16!

From the Demi x Louie litter....

Faith as a puppy-
Weidenhugel Justa Gotta Keep the Faith owned by Cindy Heiller and Linda Azevdo in CA.
Faith at 6 months

Ike- Jim Haddam, Nevada
photo roughly 8 wks old
Ike at 6 months fetching up a bird for Jim

This is Ruger owned by Jack and Kathy Marino, PA
Gertie on point! Matt Tonnelli, NJ
This is Izzy training in Central Park NY! Izzy is owned by Mike Jolley

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Justa 'Nother Great Year!

2 Placements in the 2009 GWPCA National Amateur Championship
It was another great year for the Justa dogs at the Nationals.

Louie- NAFC/CH Ariels Justa Gotta Go Now had a great week at the GWPCA Nationals!
Not only did he win the Field Trial Dog class at the National Specialty Show, he went to to make the final cut for Best of Breed!
photo by Peter Kimmax
Then, 3 days later, Louie was named Runner Up in the National Amateur Championship!

The Dual dog... doing what they were bred to do, and looking good doing it!

Not only did Louie have a great week, our Demi- FC Jerelin's Justa Stacked Deck placed 4th in the Amateur Championship. At the time of her placement, Demi was owned by Bernee Brawn and Dr. Francis Sakiey. Demi was bred by Jerry & Linda Krepak, Jerelin's GWPs.

Following her great week, Demi went to live with her new owners Steve & Kathleen Finkle of St. Louis where she will be a cherished friend and companion. The plans are that Steve will continue with her field career and complete both her Amateur Field Championship and her Master Hunter titles.

We will be watching the puppies from Louie & Demi (born July 2009) closely in the coming years! Hopefully they will be able to follow in mom and dad's footsteps.

From left to right, Judge Gene Mosely, Bernee Brawn, Judge Joe Luisi, Fran Sakiey, Art Armbrust
Kneeling- Scout, Judy Cheshire with Louis James

"Louie" or NAFC/CH Ariel's Justa Gotta Go Now was named the winner of the 2008 Amateur Championship in Lincoln Nebraska on October 8th. The entire event was a lot of fun, but for me, this was the highlight of our week.

The trial was held at the Branched Oak WMA trial grounds, and they were in beautiful condition. The fields were mowed to perfection, leaving long sweeping edges for the dogs to follow. There were plenty of places for the dogs to hunt, thick bogs, dead trees, good places which held many coveys of quail. There were wild turkeys there, but I don't think any of the dogs found them. Deer were everywhere, and only a couple of dogs were drawn off by them.

It was warm (mid 70's) and windy most of the week, perfect for humans, a touch warm for the dogs. At times the winds made handling a wide running dog difficult.

Our judges watched each dog, and were enjoyable to run under. Their sense of humor kept things light and helped ease the nerves of us Amateur handlers. All in all, it was fun!

callback 2008 Amateur Championship
Louie and I in the call back for his retrieve!

Thank goodness that's over
Thank goodness that's over!

Louie ran in the 8th brace and he ran a good shooting dog race. Always easy to handle, Louie never really needed to be scouted and he always showed up right in front. He had 4 nice finds, with the last being a great covey find just before pickup time.

last find
Covey find!

I would like to thank several folks for helping Louie and I get to this level.
  • Dave & Vicki LaChance- Louie spent 6 months with them last winter in California. They did some tweaking for me and ran Louie on the big western grounds.
  • Fran Sakiey- my partner in the dogs. Fran is always our best cheerleader and biggest supporter.
  • Dr. MaryPat Ezzo- Co breeder of Louie, and the one who talked me into keeping him from that litter.

Louie has produced two litters now, both showing great short harsh coats, and very athletic body types.
He is available at stud to approved bitches. Please contact me for more information.

Louie's Pedigree:
Ch Sure Shot's Rockland Boss ofa good
NFC/DC/AFC Sure Shot's Hot Rocks MH ofa good
FC/AFC Sure Shot's Maggie MH ofa good
Ch Sure Shot's Rock On JH ofa good
BISS/DC/AFC Dunkees Justa Top Flite MH ofa good
DC/AFC Sure Shot's Justa Miss Marker ofa good
FC/AFC Sure Shot's Miss Tique SH ofa good

BISS/DC/AFC Dunkees Justa Hole N One CD MH UT ofa good
BISS/DC/AFC Dunkees Justa Top Flite MH ofa good
Sure Shot's Justa Racie Lacie ofa good
Ch Ariel's Justa Too Tuff To Tame SH CD NA NAJ ofa good
NAFC/NFC/DC Cascade Ike MH ofa good
Ch Ruffcuts Justa Southwind ofa good
Ch Wilsons Matilda of Ruffcut ofa good