|you can see the blood just below his collar|
A few moments later Bailey busted through the reeds with the bird in his mouth. When he handed the bird over to me the bird was still fighting me. If this was a "farm raised" pheasant, it was the alpha male of the brood.
We were still only an hour in and I decided to hunt a bit longer after I put Bailey on leash for 10 minutes. Bailey went on point one last time and I flushed the bird and dropped it only 20 yards away. Bailey went over, checked the bird over and then left the area again.
This is where I wish Bailey could have told me what had happened in the reeds. This is a problem I will need to figure out. I have known a few friends with Vizslas who have "shut down" on retrieving for the rest of their lives after a fight with a tough bird.
What happened in those reeds Bailey? If you could only tell me.
Below is how I got Bailey out of his "funk." Double click for full screen view.