Gauge, Tamdhu Upland Classic, whelped 6/15/99 OFA Fair
Gauge passed to the Happy Hunting Grounds on April 1, 2011.
Gauge is from our Rachel and a Vermont stud dog named Cal. Gauge possess about the sweetest disposition one could find in a Gordon Setter. His temperament requires a patient and gentle hand as he is always willing to please his handler.. Gauge was handled by our young son Blake to his AKC Junior Hunter title - Blake was 13 when he finished Gauge.
Gauge is shown at times on the bench by Connie. He has one of his majors and several other points, in other words - he's about halfway there. As you can see he has very youthful and kind look about him. It's common for the bench judge to ask Connie "how old is the puppy" because he looks much younger than he really is.
At this time - Gauge's main function after family member and watchdog is to remain the biddable, easy going gun dog he has always been. Some might apply the term "meat dog", a somewhat derogatory term. He's simply not very stylish on point. He produces birds, hunts dead well and retrieves birds to hands. If I needed a quiet, obedient and careful dog to poach the King's game, as done in years gone by, this is the dog I'd want. Good Dog!
We learn from each of our Gordons. Gauge has taught us to read his style and to expand our our repertoire of training techniques. Where we once thought Gauge was very soft today we see him as a dog that really loves to please, hunt, and work birds. He is a dog that truly enjoys working cooperatively. Time afield with Gauge is always fun and light spirited.
A little story about Gauge...we were training in early spring conditions (cold, wet and windy) at Pine Island Field trial grounds in Portage, WI. There were 3 of us Gordon owners there with 5 Gordons between us. We had flown several quail that day and most had left the field and went into the woods. One was marked down in the wide open grass not 75 yards from the parking lot. Over the next hour and half, we ran three different Gordons by that spot, handling them to search the area thoroughly, expecting each dog to come up with that bird. Finally one of my training buddies can't take it any longer says he's seen enough and gets his "vacuum" cleaner Gordon of the truck. He works that spot for several minutes, nada, no bird, nothing. Now this guy doesn't care much for Gauge. Gauge hasn't had a crack at this bird yet. We make a small wager surrounding some beverages that Gauge will produce that bird where four others, including his vacuum cleaner, have failed. Of course, thinking that bird must have walked or flown off when we weren't looking, he accepts the wager. I wasn't too sure either but what the hell. Gauge comes off the truck, handles easily into the area and within 30 seconds goes on point (as only Gauge can). With some trepidation, my cohort goes in and flushes the bird, I drop the bird clean and Gauge makes a snappy retrieve. Good dog, I'm looking forward to that beverage. That is the type of dog Gauge is; better than an average nose and a great willingness to get the job done without complaint.
Gauge has a medium range and checks in regularly with little verbal handling required. He doesn't need more than a word of correction and works hard to please his handler.