Tess, a five-year-old German wirehaired pointer is a national hunting champion. And she is a winner despite challenging odds — she lost her rear leg four years ago.
Her owner, Keith Kemmer, accidentally ran over the dog’s rear leg with his truck. He said was saddened over Tess’s pain and how she would no longer be a hunting dog.
Initially, Kemmer was debating if he should put Tess down, but fortunately, he changed his mind and decided to keep Tess and make her a house pet.
But Tess surpassed Kemmer’s expectations. She not only was a house pet, but she became the prize-winning hunting dog that Kemmer thought she would be before the accident.
Kemmer said, “When you let her out of the truck, she’s hunting from the second she jumps off that tailgate. Just like that. She never quits. The other dogs, by the end of the day, they’ll come up and lay by the truck. Not her.”
Two years ago, Tess received a perfect score in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association’s premier event. Only 100 out of 4,500 dogs qualify for the competition. Tess was one of 32 dogs to become a versatile champion.
Tess is known around the events for her strength, heart and determination.
Despite her loss of her rear leg, Tess doesn’t have too many problems running, swimming and jumping. The only things that give her a little difficulty are slippery glass and heavy snow.
“She can jump better than she let’s me think she can. At the end of the day I still pick her up to put her in the pickup. I guess she has me well-trained,” Kemmer said.
Source: Associated Press