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Ready for Their Closeup
Dogs take over the Wisconsin Center.
Earlier today, a bird dog parade kicked off the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, at the Wisconsin Center, and the Games blog was on hand to record the proceedings.

Dixie (right), an American Brittany, seemed pretty calm about the whole thing. Owner Cassie Gugin (left) of Palmyra, Wis., says Dixie does enough skills testing in large groups that "this is kind of normal for her."

Behind her, a pack of yellow labs was circling around one of its puppies.

The line extended deep into the convention center. Robert West, director of sporting field operations for the Purina Professional Engagement Team and emcee for the parade, said many of these dogs were bred to respond in certain ways while hunting. Some "point" by instinct, freezing in front of birds or other prey, and others "flush" them out.

Here are two Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Sally and Woody, who is an older gentleman at the age of nine. Their respective owners are Pete Limeratos of New Berlin and Jim Melms of Muskego.

A setter itches to get going as owners and dogs assemble outside the convention hall.

Another shot of the lab puppy, this time confused as the parade begins to advance.

A golden retriever puppy prefers this mode of locomotion.

This weimaraner, Ghost, fathered the eight-week-old puppy seen below, Geist, which is German for "ghost" or "spirit." Both belong to Rosa Perez of Beloit.

A brief interview was conducted with Geist, who was the star of the parade.

Speaking of German bird dogs, here are two more.

A small munsterlander had impeccable markings.

Despite all of the attention, the dogs' focus sometimes drifted elsewhere.

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