Molly the German Shorthaired Pointer

Napa winemaker Alan Viader's energetic dog loves to run alongside her owner as he bicycles

Molly the German Shorthaired Pointer
Molly loves to spend days running and gopher hunting, but quietly puts herself to bed at night. (Alan Viader)
Feb 18, 2021

Owner: Alan Viader

Affiliated Winery: Viader Vineyards & Winery

Location: Deer Park, Calif.

Dog Name: Molly

Age: 2

Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer: Bird hunter and small game hunter. Very fast, agile and athletic. Sweet tempered and excellent with children and other dogs.

In a Word: Energetic

Job Title: Bird deterrent or possibly gopher hunter

Star Quality: She is always happy and playful, very athletic and energetic during the day, but come nighttime she quietly puts herself to bed in her crate.

Best Bud: When I'm in the room, she will always have her eyes locked on me. If I move, she moves.

Favorite Posession: She has various stuffed toys, but the one that has lasted the longest and is her favorite is her stuffed beach ball with a squeaker.

Favorite Activity: She loves to run ... just run. I attach her leash to my belt and on my bicycle she will pull me for miles. I peddle at full speed and she still outruns me.

Favorite Getaway: Her favorite thing is running in the vineyards and digging for gophers, but we also take her frequently out to Alston Park in Napa to just run. At home she spends most of her time curled up sleeping in her cozy bed. She seems to work on an "on/off" switch of some sort.

Forgivable Flaw: When I'm out chopping firewood, she will always come and steal the small sticks of wood, without fail. Sometimes she also confuses my daughters stuffed animals for her own.

Background Story: We were looking for a family dog to raise with our three children. So we researched breeds. I'm also a hunter and loved the idea of possibly raising a bird dog. The GSP breed came out on top for our family. We found a breeder and went to see the family. All of Molly's brothers and sisters charged the fence to greet us, but she was calm, quiet and very apprehensively sitting apart in the back of the shed just observing. That caught our attention, and her calm, loving temperament was the reason why we fell in love and took her home. She still rarely makes a peep and is always observing the world quietly.

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