WELCOME TO UTAH'S PERFECT POINTERS!
Utah's Perfect Pointers is dedicated to rehoming German Shorthair Pointers, German Wirehair Pointers, Wirehair Pointing Griffons, Weimaraners and their close friends from other hunting breeds, including mixes. All the dogs are temperament tested and fully vetted including spay/neuter, routine vaccines and are microchipped. You can find a complete list of our dogs at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/UT156.html
All adoptions are at our sole discretion.
Utah’s Perfect Pointers DBA GSP Rescue Southwest is a 501c3 federal charity. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Both entities are registered in Utah. All donations to UPP or GSP Rescue SW are gratefully acknowledged by a letter from Marylin with many, many thanks. We’re always happy to accept donations mailed to Utah’s Perfect Pointers - PO Box 17071, Salt Lake City, UT 84117. Or you can use the "Donate" button below. We promise we'll put them to good use.
In Loving Memory - Betsy (Mary Elizabeth) Harrigan
Betsy Harrigan was one of the original founders of GSP Rescue Southwest
in 2011. She was on the Board of Directors for GSP Rescue
Southwest-Utah's Perfect Pointers until her death from breast cancer on February 2. We'll
miss you, Betsy. Thank you for your time, devotion, knowledge and love
of our breeds. Our world is a little less bright without you.
Donations for Timber's Surgery
On Nov. 1 our dear Timber girl weim was on a morning hike with her
foster mom and GSP brother & sister (former UPP dogs) when they came
upon a momma moose with her year-old "baby". Momma moose reared up and
kicked Dylan (male dog), missed Truffle (female GSP) and stomped on
Foster mom Staci ran to Timber and somehow avoided having
the moose come down on her. Momma moose retreated with her kid and
left Timber screaming in pain. Staci tried to hold Timber, who bit her
before going into shock, which allowed Staci to pick Timber up and carry
her toward the house for 1/2 mile. Just as they got near the house
they encountered a man who helped her the rest of the way.
took Timber to White Pines in Park City who did x-rays and suggested she
come to an orthopedic surgeon in Salt Lake. I called Blue Pearl
(formerly Utah Veterinary Center) and met them there.
was definitely pitiful. She was muzzled and not moving (still in shock)
as they loaded her onto a gurney and wheeled her in. They put her on
fluids and IV pain meds/antibiotics while they evaluated her. Staci's
hand started to swell and sting.
Two hours later and more x-rays
we found out that Timber's hip bone (femur) was no longer in its socket
(acetabulum) and her pelvis was fractured. Moose are heavy! We left
her there for surgery.
At 7 pm Dr. Christina Boekhout called to
say she'd completed Timber's surgery successfully by inserting a pin
through the femoral head and ilium. There was a lot of bruising and
general superficial cuts and an ear that needed suturing as well as the
fractures to the ischium which isn't weight bearing. The leg should
heal in 2 months with lots of care and a slow return to walking.
At 2 am (Nov. 2) Staci went into the emergency room for her hand which
blew up like a balloon and was particularly painful. She got a hand
cast and antibiotics. Truffle was the only girl in that house who
didn't need medical attention!
Wednesday morning Dr. Boekhout let
us know that Timber really should stay with them for another day so she
could be on IV meds and painkillers. She wasn't a happy girl at all
and it was hard for her to move. I went in to see her that morning and
foster dad, Scott, checked on her later in the afternoon.
Thursday at noon (Nov. 3) Timber was ready to go home. She walked
slowly and unsteadily toward us. The staff was so good about helping
her into the car and giving us lots of instructions for care.
We're so grateful to everyone at Blue Pearl for seeing us so quickly and
giving our Timber the best care (and taking care of us at the same
time). This really is an amazing hospital. It's also where Roady is
having his eye surgery.
Foster Melissa can take care of Timber for a week while Staci's out of
town. Thank you Melissa!
Need more help! I've already exhausted our funds for Yuna's and Roady's
surgeries that our generous donors provided during the Strut Your Mutt.
(Thank you letters will come as soon as I get the final Strut Your
Mutt spreadsheet from Best Friends.)
Timber's surgery at Blue
Pearl was $2300. Staci donated the cost of her care at White Pine. If
anyone would like to make some early Thanksgiving donations for Timber
we'd all be very grateful.
moose injuries (left) on her right side and old injuries from a
previous incident on her left side. The two smaller x-radiographs on
the right show the repositioning of the femoral head into the acetabulum
and pin holding the leg in place.
2 - First day post surgery. Her head didn't stay up for long but
Timber seemed quite happy to have me crouch over her for some gentle
If you'd like to see what we've been up to please click on the link(s) below.
June 20, 2016 Millie and Baron - A Senior Love Story
Foster Homes Needed!!!
We Always Need Fosters!
survived the long weekends in July and August but foster homes are always needed!
We have dogs that will fit in with almost any lifestyle from couch
potato to lots and lots of activity. There are a few more in the latter
category (after all, they're pointers!). If you're able to foster
long- or short-term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a foster application.
Our Featured Dog
2016 Adopted Dogs
Check out our dogs who found their forever homes in 2016
COME STRUT YOUR MUTT WITH US!!!
Utah's Perfect Pointers is participating in the 2016 Strut Your Mutt event at Liberty Park on October 22! Yes, we're aware
that it probably will be snowing, but pointers and their friends love snow!!!
We’re raising money to help us with the care and feeding of our
homeless hunters. We're a tiny "group" of pointer and weim lovers
who've been working hard for the last 8 years to rehome these lovely
dogs. And we've done it with help from the entire community. Thank you
to so many for your support over the years.
I'm always amazed at the temperaments of our dogs who are so quick
and eager to be loved after the pretty wretched lives so many of them
have had. This is a remarkable breed group - - goofy, too smart for their
own good, steadfastly loyal (until they see a bird), and totally
charming in so many ways. They're energetic beyond belief and
frequently end up in shelters or KSL because their homes just aren't
equipped to deal with their high energy and exercise needs.
Our focus for this years' event is our "special needs" dogs. We seem to have collected a number of special needs dogs in 2015 and 2016. In 2014 one-third of our 93 dogs were special needs. In 2015 we've taken in 10 so far. They're generally in our program for awhile - some over a year. I love it that you're there for the doggies! We hope to see all of you there.
Strutting instructions are given for both Cell Phone and Laptop/Desktop/Tablet users.
Cell 'Phone Instructions
1. Type www.strutyourmutt.org/goto/upp into your browser. That will take you to Screen One. Do NOT click on the “Register Today” button. That will not register you as strutting for Utah’s Perfect Pointers. It will go into the General Registration and Utah’s Perfect Pointers won’t benefit from your entrance fee or donations.
2. Choose your participant type (Walker or Runner). Walker is a leisurely strut ($30 registration fee) and Runner is the timed 5K run ($45 registration fee). Enter discount code (if applicable), your fundraising goal (remember the purpose ot Strut Your Mutt is a pledge drive to help homeless pets!!) and an additional gift if desired (this is a donation above your entry fee). Hit "Next Step".
3. Even if you have participated in Strut Your Mutt previous years, you must choose "Join as New Participat:/
4. Fill out all registration information.
5. On the next page, check the box at the bottom to agree with the terms and conditions and click "next step".
6. The next page, "Registration Summary" allows you to register another participant or complete the registration. "Register another participant" allows you to register multiple people on the same credit card transaction. Once you have completed registering all your participants, click "complete registration" to be taken to the Secure Credit Card processing page.
7. Enter and submit billing information.