Start snapping those pics! This year’s Good Dog Photo Contest begins Tuesday, September 15. In anticipation, we’ll be spotlighting some of our favorite pups from last year’s contest each week until the contest’s official start date. And what better day to begin than National Dog Day?
Name: Georgia (registered name: Santee’s Sweet Georgia Brown)
From: Savannah, Georgia
Breed: Boykin spaniel
This photo of Georgia was taken at the first hunt test she entered—and it was a day to remember.
“Things didn’t turn out exactly as I had expected,” owner Torrey Massey says. “In her enthusiasm, Georgia blew past the first duck and was almost to the next county when the judge suggested I whistle her in. She obediently responded, turned around, and picked up the bird. However, she proceeded to parade through the spectator gallery before returning to the line.”
Although Georgia didn’t bring home any ribbons that weekend, she honed her skills and earned a Started Hunting Retriever title later in the season. Today, she’s a fine hunter.
“Whether she’s retrieving ducks in a pond or scrambling after downed pheasant at a tower shoot, nothing makes me happier than to watch her doing what the breed was developed to do,” Massey says. “Well, that and having her snuggled up next to me on the couch. Like most Boykin spaniels, Georgia is happiest when she’s with her people.”