Renn is from our first litter, a mating of INT CH Grouse Point’s Etta Brune NA I, UT II, JH to INT CH, VC Shooting Starr’s Lonesome Joe MH. The looks of this pup and his attitude caught our eye early. Renn interacted with his littermates but it was obvious he desired to be with us, Kara in particular. It was an easy choice to keep Renn as our pick of the liter. In June of 2007 Kara handled Renn to a NAVHDA Natural Ability prize I earning 107 points. The fall of 2007 Renn was in the grouse woods at every chance learning to put it together on wild birds. In grouse camp one day, Renn had a particularly good hunt putting several birds in the bag and it was clear he had the potential to make a fine grouse dog. The next morning Renn was on the ground for the first hunt of the day to build on the previous day’s success. That morning resulted in Renn being physically changed for life but his attitude and desire to hunt has remained. On that hunt Renn suffered a puncture wound to his right front paw that damaged an artery. Renn continued on despite the injury and we did not become aware until after the hunt that he had lost a considerable amount of blood. After emergency Vet care Renn’s grouse camp was over. Although the initial injury healed, Renn’s paw did not due to a flesh eating bacteria. In a short time we were faced with the decision to amputate his front leg or face a ten percent chance of saving his life. Kara actually scared the Vets by how quickly she responded to remove his leg. I would never have imagined how resilient and quick to adapt a dog could be. Renn’s front leg was amputated including removal of the shoulder blade. A short 40 hours after surgery Renn pulled me out the door, tried to lift his leg and jumped in the truck. The Vet advised not to hunt Renn the remainder of the season. In four weeks Renn was back in the grouse woods wearing a special vest Kara had crafted to protect his shoulder area. We continued on with his training without special considerations because as Kara puts it “nobody has told Renn he is handicapped”. Renn was always an enthusiastic but never a strong swimmer and that was a concern now that he had only three legs. Renn charged the water as normal then struggled picking up the object. By the third retrieve he had changed techniques and was flipping in the other direction. As Renn continued training towards NAVHDA Utility testing he had the desire but struggled with the terrain and obstacles faced in the duck marsh. His physical limitations suddenly became obvious when a noted versatile dog trainer asked me “Do you hate that dog? Why do you keep doing this with him?” Renn did continue on with his training however the focus became hunt tests. He quickly earned his AKC Master Hunter title and garnered the support of other handlers and onlookers who were amazed by “the 3 legged dog”. Renn’s last brace in which he earned the Master Hunter title was most memorable as the other handler; a full time professional apologized to me prior to the brace as they had a big running field trial winner and it was not fair to my handicapped dog. In the end; Renn performed great, put birds in the bag and passed while the other dog did none of those things. Renn displays that hallmark trait of Shooting Starr blood by turning it on in the field and turning it off at home making him a well-rounded dog. He displays all the traits we feel should be carried forward in the breed and comes from a NAVHDA Natural Ability, Utility and Invitational Breeders Award litter. Renn gets along well with all other dogs yet still prefers to be with us, especially Kara.