My journey training Zara and Colombo for performance sports
including hunt tests, conformation, dock diving, and lure coursing.

My journey training Zara and Colombo for performance sports
including hunt tests, conformation, dock diving, and lure coursing.

My journey training Zara and Colombo for performance sports
including hunt tests, conformation, dock diving, and lure coursing.

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Terry Ann and Zara after hunting

Who is the Accidental Bird Dog?

Zara is my nine year old Hungarian vizsla. When we first got Zara as a puppy, my husband and I had no intention of training her for hunting. When Zara was two years old, I entered her in a Junior Hunter Test at her breeder’s encouragement. With little training, she did exceptionally well and I found myself amazed watching her natural ability. Soon after, I decided that I wanted to train her to a more advanced level and that began a long journey that has taken me places I never imagined. We added a second dog, Colombo the Rhodesian ridgeback, a few years later. Thanks to the two of them, I’ve become passionate about all things related to performance dogs and dog sports.

Watch

In 2019, I created a video about my NAHVDA experience with Zara for their film festival.

Listen

I was featured on the Field Trial Lifestyle podcast talking about field trials, NAVHDA, and everything in between! Have a listen!

Read

To commemorate my five years as a NAVHDA member, I wrote an article for Versatile Hunting Dog, the NAVHDA magazine. Read it here (page 10).