Cover Girl: Abby

The Bark's Spring 2015 issue
By Susan Tasaki, February 2016, Updated June 2021

This seven-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer lives in Southern California at Skye Valley Ranch, near the Mexican border. Although she loves to run—she’s reported to be the fastest of the ranch’s dogs—her favorite activity seems to be taking in the sights from the ranch tractor’s passenger seat. At the end of the day, she can be found inside, curled up on her bed near a warm fire.

According to her family, Abby didn’t have a chance to do much hunting when she was young, but did develop a fondness for fishing. The ranch has a lake, and she’ll patiently stand for hours in its shallows, intently focused on the perch swimming around her legs.

We were particularly taken with this account from Abby’s person: “Abby became part of our family while I was pregnant with our only child, Katie, and has always been more of a protector or guardian than playmate. From early on, her sense of duty was evident. One day, when Kate was a toddler, Abby found a small rattlesnake in the grass and started barking and growling and biting it and throwing it up into the air. She was bitten and had some swelling on her lip, but got the vaccine and recovered just fine in a couple of hours. We were not expecting such a sense of duty from a Pointer.”

Cover photographer Kaylee Greer is known for her love of vibrant color and her love for dogs; in addition to her commissioned work, she volunteers her talents, providing photos that help shelter and rescue dogs—both in the U.S. and in other countries—get noticed and adopted. Greer, who says she’s fueled by dogs’ purity, joy and unrelenting happiness, is scheduled to teach a series of workshops this spring.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 85: Spring 2016

Photos by Kaylee Greer

Susan Tasaki, a freelance editor and writer, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her Husky, who wishes they both got out more.