CAPS: These Griffons are loyal and great hunters

Angie is a uniquely beautiful 2-year-old Shepherd/Chow mix. Her golden eyes are captivating. She is an active, happy girl who likes people.

Angie is a uniquely beautiful 2-year-old Shepherd/Chow mix. Her golden eyes are captivating. She is an active, happy girl who likes people.
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Dear reader, during a recent art workshop the subject of dogs came up and a breed I was not familiar with became the object of our conversation. Claudia was bursting with pride when she showed us the photos of Seaview Cool Hand Luc, her new pup who is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

As it turns out, the Griffon breed is a collection of hunting breeds categorized into scent hounds and pointers. There are actually three types recognized by the International Federation of Animals: the Griffon Van Deen, the Wire-Haired Pointer, and the Smouge.

Renowned as the supreme gun dog, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s (WPG) name comes from its coarse, long, low-shedding coat that covers the entire body. The name “Griffon” is French but WPG is of pure Dutch origin developed to work in the polders or marshy ground found in the Netherlands.

Among sporting dogs, the WPG is a rare breed. In 2005, there were only 88 litters registered in the USA. What makes this breed so special? They are known as a walking hunter’s breed because they stay relatively close to their hunter all day. WPG are methodical in their work, have an effortless gait, can work all day and be ready to go the next day.

These dogs are water babies and their double coat allows them to withstand cold water. They are excellent companions for hunting quail, pheasant, chukar, and grouse. WPG’s learn quickly and get bored with repetition. Smart and sensitive, they can get their feelings hurt if reprimanded too sternly.

One of the greatest assets of this breed is their sweet, friendly personality. Attached to their master and home, they guard their family with vigilance. Seaview Cool Hand Luc has found a place in the home and hearts of Claudia’s family. He will undoubtedly become a valuable bird dog and the coolest paw in the hunting community.


CAPS is featuring a February “Love Dog” special! Our reduced adoption fee for dogs is $75. All of our dogs are microchipped, have current vaccinations, and are spayed/neutered. As a bonus Connected K-9 is offering free or reduced training. Come find your valentine BFF we have some sweethearts waiting for you.


We have two handsome 15-month-old males. BG and Diego are shy guys! They have lived their lives at CAPS but are anxiously waiting to find a forever home. Cat lovers, we have cats galore. Come out and meet them because they are cute!


• CAPS is actively seeking board members. We need energetic, enthusiastic, community-minded folks to serve on the board. Please consider being part of our team, we only meet once a month. You can make a difference. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

• Bleach, laundry detergent pods, toilet paper, and paper towels.

• XXL Kong Extremes for our guests.

• Would you like to foster animals? Call CAPS for details.

• Aluminum cans. We will pick up your cans; give us a call at 775-423-7500. You can also drop them off at CAPS.


• Lahontan Valley Elementary School for sponsoring hat day and donating the proceeds to CAPS. All tails are wagging for you!

• The anonymous donation in honor of John Giacomazzi. A Four-Paw-Salute to you.


CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We suggest appointments for adoptions and food pantry.


• February Holiday: Annual Doggie Date Night. Take your BFF for a walk!

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• Would you like a newsletter? Call 775-423-7500 or email

• CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Email


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