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464 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0X5

204-956-4708

Through words and images, we are on a mission to share our passion for pointing dogs, upland hunting and sporting dog photography. 

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Pointing Dog Blog

The world of pointing dogs in words and images, moving and still.

Hibernation...and Progress

Craig Koshyk


The older I get, the harder it is to find good things to say about winter in Winnipeg. But I must admit that there is nothing like a nippy -30 and three feet of snow to motivate me to sit in front of the computer and write. So in an effort to stave off the winter blues, I’ve put my nose to the grindstone and completed another two chapters of the gigantic book project.
I think I can now see light at the end of the tunnel. I’m looking forward to yet another visit to Europe this spring. Armed with cameras and laptops Lisa and I will be traveling to Spain where I recently found out about two more breeds I need to research, the Perdiguero Galego and the Ca Mè Mallorquí. Then it is off to Portugal, France, Italy, France again, Germany and the Netherlands. I just hope I don’t uncover any more breeds to check out while I am there!

Past the Half Way Point

Craig Koshyk


It snowed today. It wasn’t the first snow of the year, but I think this is the stuff that will stay till March. And with the snow comes a realization that the hunting season is well past the half-way point. There are still a few days left in the deer season and we can chase grouse until just before Xmas. But after that, the only quarry on the menu will be jack rabbits in January and then the long, long off-season.
Looking back, I can say that it has truly been an outstanding season. We will have many great memories to keep us warm over the winter. In fact so many of those memories where caught on film, that I had to divide the “Hunting 07” gallery into several smaller galleries. I’ve decided to present them month by month and update them as the season progresses. To have a look click on the photo. Then click on the photo(s) for the gallery of the month(s) you’d like to view.
Enjoy!

So far, So good

Craig Koshyk


I've just popped back into town this afternoon to pick up two more friends from France at the airport. They will be here for about a week chasing birds with us here in Manitoba. So far the season has been very good. Birds numbers and the weather have both been fair. The dog work has been excellent. Jean Francois, my friend who breeds Braque de l’Ariège has two young dogs with him and is very happy with the progress they are making. I am running three dogs right now, Souris my 7 year old Weim bitch, Uma, our 4 year old Epagneul de Pont Audemer bitch and Quell, a 5 year old Longhaired Weim owned by my friend Sal Castenda (Sal is pretty busy right now with two young daughters at home in the States. He won’t have much time this season to hunt with Quell. And since I lost my Felix last fall and really wanted another dog in the truck, I drafted Quell into service as a favour to his owner, and to myself!)

It hasn’t been all highlights though, Souris tangled with some barbed wire and received 20 stitches for her efforts. Brava, my friend’s Braque de l’Ariège bitch tangled with a porcupine and received a dozen quills in the lips. My friend Mick got a wader stuck in the marsh and ended up going for a very cold dip!
Tonight my friends Christophe and Marlene arrive with their Weim named Winnie. We will be back in the field tomorrow for more adventures and photos. In the mean time, keep checking the hunting gallery for updates, I will add some new photos as soon as I can.

Hunting Season 07

Craig Koshyk


The hunting season in Manitoba opened a few weeks ago and I have done my best to get out as often as possible. Work has been crazy though, so I’ve only had the dogs out about a dozen times since the beginning of the month.
Today however marks the real opener for me! My friends Richard and Mick arrive tonight from England and together, we head out to bird camp on the shore of Lake Manitoba tonight. We will be out there chasing birds in the uplands and wetlands for a week. I’ll have no internet hookup, and the cell phone is iffy at best....hmmm sounds like a treat! But I will update the blog on my return over the weekend when I come back to town to fetch a buddy from France who is coming over with two young Braques de L’Ariège.

In the meantime, I’ve posted a gallery of a few photos I have taken so far of the early season. Click on the photo above to have a look. Waidmannsheil!!

Website Make-over

Craig Koshyk


I’m a Mac guy. Way back in the late 80’s I cut my teeth on an Apple llc powered by a fairly athletic hamster running in a wheel. Nowadays, I use a bunch of Power-Mac something or others with more bells and whistles than a Manila Jeep.

So when I decided to give my website a much-needed make-over, I figured the first place to look was in something the experts call an “applications folder”. Well sure enough, on my newest Mac, loaded to the gills with all the newest software, was a program called iWeb. It offered the same point, click and drag simplicity of most Mac programs in a package to build a website. So after about three hundred hours of pointing, clicking, dragging, cursing, drinking, nail biting and urging two* very tired hamsters to keep going, the new site is up!

www.craigkoshykphoto.ca

* (I’m running a “dual core” processor in my current Mac).

Hibernation's end

Craig Koshyk

This has been the view from my studio window for the last 4 months. Snow and minus 40.

But today, the scene began to change. You see, there has been some sort of golden orb hovering in the sky lately. It seems to be radiating heat. Its the strangest thing I've ever seen. The old timers claim to know what it is. They call it "the sun". Apparently it will make all the snow melt soon. If it does, I am going to write that Al Gore fellow to thank him for all the hot air he's been sending our way.

As for our dogs, they've been hibernating since the last day of the hunting season just before Xmas. We lost Felix last fall to blastomycosis. I cried like a school girl for weeks and still whel up when I think about the old guy. Our remaining two are now starting to stir as the temperatures rise above minus hell-freezes-over.

Spring training should start in about a month. We will be back from Europe then. My wife and I leave for Prague in two weeks where we've made a date with some Cesky Fousek folks for a photo session and beer drinking seminar. We then head to Slovakia to meet some Rough Haired Slovakian Pointer people and photograph their rough haired dogs. Next, Budapest for a Vizsla photo session. Then we hop a plane for Paris.

We will be in France just in time for the spring field trials in Picardy which is still dotted with the scars of WWI battlefield trenches . They are now filled in of course and planted over with winter wheat. It is actually quite a beautiful area. Undulating fields of green, home to countless pairs of Grey Partridge make up the majority of the landscape. But the landscape is dotted with cemetaries and monuments, testament to the carnage that occured 90 years ago.

I'll photograph all the usual suspects: braques, epagneuls, setters, pointers. This time though I will also seek out the Dodo bird of bird dogs: The Boulet Griffon. Similar to the Korthals Griffon (WPG), the Boulet was in fact used as a founding breed of the Korthals but seems to have gone extinct. Although reports still surface once in a while of a Boulet Griffon been seen or found in some remote corner of the country, the only certified real-deal is a dog named Marco. He can be found at the Museum of natural history in a town called Elbeuf in north western France. It should be a pretty easy photo to take since I am sure he will not move much. He's been standing there, on point, stuffed for about a hundred years.

Winter is reading time for us, although I must admit to devouring books all year round. Lately I've been reading a lot about the history of dogs. One of the very best books on the subject I have read in a good long time is The Truth About Dogs by Stephen Budiansky. I am only half way through but have already decided to purchase a copy and to re-read it on our trip to Europe. The book is one of those rare works that really helps connect the dots when it comes to the history and evolution of the dog. It is very well written, an easy read and full of the kind of insights that are a refreshing change for the typical crap we so often read about dogs. Speaking of evolution, I finally purchased a copy of Darwin's Origin of Species instead of taking it out of the library again and again. I think it will make a nice addition to our own library.
Darwin was a fascinating fellow whose adventures are quite well described in another excellent book I read recently Bill Bryson's A Short History of Almost Everything. Bryson is an excellent writer with the rare gift of being able to make science not only understandable but endlessly fascinating to even the most ardent right-brainer. If I were to draw up a top ten list of books I've read this year, I think Bryson's book would be in spots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. It's that good.