2017-2018 Purina Top Shooting Dog Derby Award

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After pointing and backing naturally at just a few months of age, an adaptable, affectionate and athletic white-and-black male Pointer called “Bat,” now 2 years old, delivered on his potential as the 2017-2018 Purina Derby Top Shooting Dog. Glassilaun War Paint, as Bat is formally known, earned 1,034 points from placements in eight points-earning shooting dog stakes, including four wins, to top a 53-dog field and finish nearly 300 points ahead of the runner-up.

“Bat is a classy, talented and animated bird dog who runs a forward race and has a stylish point,” says pro Toby Tobiassen of Catskill, New York, who handled Bat during his Derby season. “He’s smart, easy to train and adapts to any type of country he’s running.” Bred by John Neely of Albany, Georgia, Bat is owned by Jamie Nee of Quincy, Massachusetts, who credits the win to his late father, Denis. “‘Glassilaun’ is Gaelic for ‘Green Island,’ the Irish village where my father grew up. He introduced me to bird dogs and field trials when I was 10 years old. Bat is one of the best bird dogs I have seen in more than three decades,” Nee says.

Bat is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula.