ZIP ZAP: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOG & A DREAM
Author: Mike Gaddis
Publisher: STACKPOLE BOOKS, Sep 2006
A rich, powerful memoir, certain to gain favor with anyone who has shared the destiny of a once-in-a-lifetime dog. Gaddis reaches again into a half-century love affair with pointing dogs & upland birds to retrieve this true-life story. 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
On the heels of his highly-acclaimed novel Jenny Willow, Mike Gaddis reaches again into a half-century love affair with pointing dogs and upland birds to retrieve the true-life story of Zip Zap, his greatest English setter. Gaddis swore to be painfully selective in choosing the puppy that would accompany him as he pursued his dream of competing in horseback field trials. He knew the smallest female of the litter was special, but he didn't fully realize her potential until he let her loose in the field. Her lightning speed earned her the name Zip Zap, and she grew to be the most brilliant bird dog Gaddis ever owned. In this absorbing memoir, Gaddis celebrates the dog's indomitable spirit and tells the story of training and developing a superior pointer, from her first unrefined runs in the amateur puppy stakes to victorious performances in major championships. Evocatively told and set against the plantation quail hunting and field trialing legacy of the Old South, here is a rich, powerful memoir, certain to gain favor with anyone who has shared the destiny of a once-in-a-lifetime dog.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
Praise for Gaddis's Jenny Willow:
" . . . a heartwarming, compassionate story . . . an endearing read."
"A great story, detailed and moving with characters and places every bird hunter has known."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mike Gaddis, author of award-winning novel Jenny Willow (1-58574-451-4), is associate publisher of Sporting Classics magazine. He lives in Creedmoor, North Carolina, with his wife, Loretta, sixteen setters, and three Boykin spaniels.