Myshorthairs.com is my little online space where I can openly and unapologetically gush about and post photos of my two German Shorthaired Pointers Gitte and Gunther.
Where I can share and celebrate all things German Shorthaired Pointer and dog, dog training, other bird dog breeds or whatever I find fascinating through photography, video, online articles, and real life events.
From the AKC website, the The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter and all-purpose gun dog. The German Shorthaired Pointer possesses keen scenting power and high intelligence. The breed is proficient with many different types of game and sport, including trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, raccoons, possum, and even deer. Fifteenth most popular dog in the US (2012).
About…the domain name:
Myshorthairs.com. It makes me giggle. Although, since its inception and my recent necessity to explain just what the heck I am up to, I have learned that a significant number of people are unaware of the double meaning of “shorthairs”. From www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/by-the-short-hairs.html:
To be ‘caught/got/held by the short hairs’, or in the UK equivalent, ‘… by the short and curlies’ is to be trapped by an opponent, in a position one can’t easily escape from.
Few people would doubt that the short hairs/short and curlies are the pubic hairs and that this phrase is of vulgar origin. Such an assumption would be incorrect. The short hairs in question are the hairs of the neck.
The ‘by the short hairs’ expression may well have been military and the first example of it that I have found is from The Drums of the Fore and Aft, one of Rudyard Kipling’s Indian Tales, 1890, which portrays the British Army’s occupation of India:
“They’ll shout and carry on like this for five minutes. Then they’ll rush in, and then we’ve got ’em by the short hairs!”
Prior to this, in the same story, a soldier makes an explicit reference to short hairs, which clearly locates them north of the equator: “Up my back, an’ in my boots, an’ in the short hair av the neck – that’s where I kape my eyes whim I’m on duty an’ the reg’lar wans are fixed.”
However, if you are in the company of hunting dog people and the conversation of dogs, ‘shorthairs’ is common terminology for the German Shorthaired Pointer.
In regards to my over-the-top fascination and preoccupation with my dogs…I’ve had three GSPs. I picked up my first from the local Humane Society, oh so blissfully unaware of what I was getting into. I ran a lot of defense and managed to get Kaiser to the ripe old age of fourteen. In 2009, I adopted Gitte and Gunther from GSP Rescue New England. Since that time, I’ve been a rescue volunteer for the organization. I live like a rock star in the state of VT. OK no I don’t.