We just lost our female after only 10 wonderful years and desperately need to find another. We are in San Diego and can travel as far as 6 - 8 hours driving time to find one. Thanks very much.
Thank you for your help. I was a NAVHDA member for a while, but I don't hunt anymore. My wife and I stay in touch with the NAVHDA people and of course we love the breed, so we're looking for a companion. We spent 24/7 around our previous dog. She ran after rabbits, pointed at birds, and had a wonderful time on a leash-free 400 acre island every day of her life until her final three days. The new dog will enjoy the same lifestyle.
I agree that a rescue or dog from non-hunting lines would be best. IMHO it's unfair to a GSP from hunting lines to be ONLY a companion dog.
I found a female that will be perfect. Thanks to everyone who sent me leads. If some of you think that it's a mistake or wrong to have a hunting line as a companion dog, I wonder what you think of show dogs? My old GSP trained with NAVHDA but I never hunted her. She was easily the best water retriever in the club. Plus she ran on a leash-free island ever day of her life from six months until two days before she died. I wonder how many hunting line GSPs enjoy the same?