Our annual photo album of some of your favorites.
"What? No swimming today?" Rosebud is disappointed to find her favorite pond frozen. Rosebud is a water-loving, five-month-old black Labrador and a member of the Van Hemert family of Mason City, Iowa.
Talk about precocious style! This six-month-old pointer, Tyson, is owned by Tim and Celeste Robb of Flagstaff, Arizona.
One-year-old Llewellin setter Inky points a ringneck pheasant at Big Sky Sporting Clays in Polson, Montana. According to his owner, Bernard Konkel of Redding, California, Inky is a joy to watch and will hold a point seemingly forever.
Eight-week-old German shorthaired pointer Bell shows some nice style while pointing a wing on a string. Bell is owned by Brandon Smith of North Ogden, Utah.
A barrel of fun...Gordon setters Sage (13 weeks) and Loomis (14 weeks) are named after two of their owner's favorite fly rods. John Prince of Midway, Utah, says, "Whether I am fly fishing or out with these pups, I am always relaxed, constantly entertained and the grin on my face never goes away."
Don't let the innocent look fool you! According to his owner, Trampas Hutches, Luke is a born thief. The seven-month-old German shorthaired pointer will steal anything not nailed down, so citizens of Sidney, Nebraska, beware!
According to owner Ed Alepra of Kewanee, Illinois, Mac is as good in the field as he is in the water. Mac is a German shorthaired pointer and was 13 weeks old at the time of the photograph.
"He believes he is a tough guy in the field, but he's truly a big baby around the house," says Jason DeGenaro of Guilford, Connecticut. Blazer is a 10-week-old black Lab who is currently developing into a fantastic water and upland dog.
Springer pup Bodacious (Bodie for short) throws himself into Puget Sound after seagulls and "swims like a seal," say his owners, Gail and George Buehler of Freeland, Washington.
Posing in typical Minnesota grouse cover, including the aspen trees for which she was named, is 10-week-old Llewellin setter Aspen. Although she was born in quail country, she makes her living on ruffed grouse and woodcock, reports owner Cliff Bentley of Duluth, Minnesota.
"Hey, are you pointing at me?" Seven-week-old Brittany Kerbie, owned by Ronald Fastrup of Walla Walla, Washington, presents a perfect mirror image.
Pictured here at the age of seven months, Otto plays with Libby, the other springer owned by Lisa and Bob Schmelling of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now, at 1 1/2 years, Otto is a hunter and field trialer with an extremely happy attitude.
Couch potatoes...er, puppies! These three-week-old field-bred English cockers (tri-colored, tan and white, liver and white) are all from the same litter bred by Bob and Brenda Jirik of Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Dean Krogman of Waconia, Minnesota, furnished this photo of Bailey, his wirehaired pointing griffon. Dean insists that the photo was not a "set-up" except for the reading glasses, which Bailey is too young to need just yet.
Sherry Barrett of Colby, Kansas, submitted this photograph of Outlaw's Josie Belle Starr. Josie is a Brittany and was eight weeks old in the photo, taken during her first day at her new home.
"I believe I can fly!" Sasha (named after 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen) is a 10-month-old Brittany owned by Chuck Juengling of Louisville, Kentucky. Sasha has now hunted in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas and Kentucky.
No birds in here! Maximum Magnum Force, a.k.a. Max, is a 10-week-old Labrador retriever. His owners, William and Becky Johnston of Chilhowie, Virginia, are amazed by his ability to entertain, his inquisitive ways and his trainability.
Quite content sunning herself on the deck is 12-week-old Realey's Regal Ro'zsa (ro'zsa is Hungarian for rose). Rosie, a vizsla, is owned by Bryon J. Realey of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Carolyn DeFiore and Bob Borowski of Belleville, Michigan, were amazed to see such strong hunting instincts already present at eight weeks in Ivan, their wirehaired viszla. Ivan was imported from Hungary.
Seventeen-week-old Kiska with her best friend, 15-month-old Jada Sioux. Both pointing Labs are from Trieven-Sungold Kennels and are owned by Cindy and Mike Dziekan of Lyons, Colorado.
"That was fun--let's find another mud puddle!" Owned by Todd and Amy Downs of Ogden, Utah, Ezra Vom Felsengebirge is a 12-week-old drahthaar. He loves the water and is well on his way to becoming a super gun dog.
Captain, a German shorthaired pointer, was nine weeks old when this photo was taken. "This is the only still photo we have because he never stops moving," says Captain's owner, Dan Nagl of Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
Ten-month-old Flossy, half chocolate Lab-half golden retriever, has just made her first duck retrieve. Owner Jerry Jans of Denhoff, North Dakota, admits, "She also plays with our children and sleeps in our bed."
Emma took to four-wheelers and birds like an old pro her first time out! She is an eight-week-old Gorden setter from Le Sueur River Kennels in Minnesota and is owned by Randy and Sam Schertz of Parma, Idaho.
"Haven't I waited long enough? Let's go hunting!" This 71?2-month-old English cocker is named Blue Chip Winona Liz of Bull Run. Liz is owned by Vince and Shirley Hall of Arcadia, Florida.
Rare sight! Matthew and Allie Johnson of McFarland, Wisconsin, declare this to be a rare photo, indeed, as it was taken during one of the few times that Stella, their five-month-old black Lab, was not in motion.
This versatile vizsla, Ch. Zigfrid's Got 'em Seeing Red TD JH, was already demonstrating his potential at 10 weeks. Ziggy is owned by Cheryl Lykowski of Palatine, Illinois.
"He likes it. Hey, Mikey!" Mike (White Rock Greener), a two-month-old Llewellin setter, is enjoying his favorite chew toy. He belongs to John Huie of Spring Branch, Texas.
"He's my wife's dog in the house and my dog in the field," says Ed High of Otho, Iowa. Buddy is a French Brittany and was exactly seven weeks old at the time of this photograph.
Exhausted after a hard day of stuffed goose retrieving€¦Max is an eight-week-old pudelpointer owned by Michael Dollard of Catonsville, Maryland. Max shows great promise in retrieving waterfowl in water and on land and points upland birds beautifully.
Party time! Ten-week-old springer spaniel Izzy is something of a "party girl" as evidenced by her attempt to nab some of the old man's beer. The "old man" is Rick Shimonek of Omaha, Nebraska.
Howell's Ditch Parrot Dynamite--Fuse for short--is calm in the house but a maniac in the field, according to owner Todd Howell of Cambridge, Iowa. Pictured at nine weeks of age, the German shorthaired pointer is one awesome dog, Todd adds.
Cooper is an 18-week-old English cocker spaniel owned by Michael Caulier of Coshocton, Ohio. Cooper enjoys runs in the field and also loves his food dish as well as the couch.
Golden retriever Taylor was seven months old when this photo was taken at the Golden Retriever Club of America's National Specialty Show Puppy Field Trial. This was the first competition for Taylor and his owner/handler, David Gossom, of Wichita Falls, Texas.
e serious hunter! Hazel is a 14-week-old vizsla who lives in Iowa Falls, Iowa, with her owners, Jim and Karen Gillespie.
"I dream about pheasants!" Three-month-old German shorthaired pointer Mattie Isabella is owned by Todd Town of Globe, Arizona.