Our Big Bully Is Purina Top Shooting Dog

A 5-year-old white-and-liver male Pointer, Our Big Bully, owned by Erwin and Karen Saniga of Nottingham, Pa., and handled by Mike Tracy of Summerhill Kennels in Glenville, Pa., rallied from 32 points behind the leader going into the final trial of the 2011-2012 season to win the Purina Top Shooting Dog Award.

With six bird finds in the Canadian Open Shooting Dog Championship in May in Ontario, Big scored 240 points and finished the season with 2,718 points.

“Big finds a lot of birds,” Tracy says. “He seldom makes a mistake. He is incredibly loyal and willing to please. In Canada, he only had to be scouted twice and mostly won the trial on his own.”

Big was sired by Bull Town, a three-time Champion, out of Impressive Lady Sue. Roger Dvorak of Elkton, Md., bred Big.

Tracy also handled Big to win the National Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship in Baldwin, N.Y., and to Runner-Up Champion in the Georgia, Michigan and Northeastern shooting dog championships.

“Winning this first Top Shooting Dog Award means so much,” says Tracy. “The owners are like family. They have had dogs with my father, George Tracy, and grandfather, Gerald Tracy.”

As the owners of the 20th annual Purina Award winner, the Sanigas received an original oil painting of Big by Ross Young and a silk banner. They also received the traditional green blazer given to owners and handlers of the Purina Top Shooting Dog. Tracy received a $2,500 cash prize that was doubled because he is an active member of Purina Pro Club, a blazer and a year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan Performance Formula for one dog.