Author Archives: Jim Barger

About Jim Barger

Veterinarian, English Setter breeder, father of 12, hunter.

Lettie and family on laundry day

Well, another Daybreak litter has arrived, Lettie’s second.  she had 5 boys and 3 girls, and all seem to be happy and thriving.  Gia brought mother and pups to my office for postpartum checkup yesterday, and all was well.  The … Continue reading

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Boulder rolls into our lives

Well, the much anticipated event has finally occurred.  Gia and I drove to  the St. Louis area last weekend and picked up “Old Hemlock Boulder Over”, call name Boulder.  He is a fine little setter pup, and we are enjoying … Continue reading

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Addendum

Wow, two posts in one day!  some kind of record for me.  Gia wanted me to post these two pics of the above mentioned hunting trip Flint and I attended.    Here they are; the guy with the gun is … Continue reading

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New blood!

Recently, Gia and I received with great celebration the news that we have passed muster to receive an Old Hemlock puppy!  These are from the very lines developed by George Bird Evans, the well known and much loved writer, illustrator, … Continue reading

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No, I’m not dead yet!

To the faithful few who have asked, “when are you going to blog again?”, my apologies.  I met a very distinguished gentleman this past weekend, a farmer from North Georgia, who is buying one of our puppies (both for hunting … Continue reading

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Hello, readers, long time no post. Very busy

Hello, readers, long time no post.  Very busy around the Barger house, with 2 litters of setters this spring and lots of other animal and people goings on.  We will be taking the alpacas to north Ga. this week for … Continue reading

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Sorry, long time no post!  Gia and I have been busy with a litter of 8 Eng. Setter pups from Judy, our tricolor, by Flint.  What a handsome bunch!  As I type, we are resting in a hotel in Emporia, … Continue reading

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More on Huntsmith seminar- check cord,whoa post equipment and training

The whoa post is a common ingredient in many bird dog training systems.  Ronnie Smith, of Huntsmith, told us our first day that really, our dogs only need to do three things for us; stand or sit still, go with … Continue reading

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Bird dog construction 101; Huntsmith foundation training

This past weekend, my 14 year old Joshua, our 3 year old orange Belton, Leah, and I attended the Huntsmith Foundation (first level) bird dog training seminar at the beautiful Burnt Oak Lodge near Crawford, Mississippi.  Our instructor was Ronnie … Continue reading

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The one blast whistle

Lesson three, in the series of George Bird Evans’ “Ten easy lessons” from his book, “Troubles With Bird Dogs (and what to do about them)”. The importance of your dog responding to a call back, or come when called, signal … Continue reading

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