Sergeant Wise with Crow, Icarus, Obi, Otis, Poncho, Sully, Tuck, Ghost, and Dan
Sergeant Wise and his pups are proof that you can’t have too much of a good thing.
In recent years, he has gone from having just one dog to hunting with a team of nine. “I got Icarus eight years ago, and I’ve been adding to the pack ever since,” Wise says. He currently has one black lab named Tuck, two English setters named Obi and Crow, three Brittany spaniels named Icarus, Poncho, and Otis, and three English pointers named Sully, Dan, and Ghost.
Wise’s goal was to create a dynamic team of hunting dogs that could work together effectively. “I chose a variety of breeds because each one has its strengths and weaknesses,” Wise explains. Some of his dogs excel at spotting the birds, some are great at flushing them out, and some are best at retrieval. Altogether, they make a strong team. “Seeing how they all complement each other is fascinating to me,” says Wise.
When they’re out on a hunt, these pups work together like a well-oiled machine – strictly business. Each dog has a role to fill, and they know just what to do to get the most birds possible. Though quail hunting is a favorite for Wise, his dogs are thrilled no matter what they’re going after. “I’ve trained them to hunt every bird under the sun,” Wise says. “They aim to please, and they just love to catch birds. They are definitely the most happy when they’re hunting.”
The benefits of having nine dogs extend far beyond the field, however. For example, the ability to curl up with all of them can come in handy in the winter months. “One time, I was camping with a buddy out in Idaho and when it got really cold at night, we brought the dogs into the tent with us,” shares Wise. “They snuggled as hard as I’ve ever had an animal snuggle with me – we definitely stayed warm!”
Whether they are working, playing, or cuddling up, one thing is for sure: There is no shortage of wagging tails in the Wise household.