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Naming my Second Bird Dog, Part 2 of 2

Introducing our second bird dog pup. Photo Courtesy of Kreig Jacque.

As I reported in the first installment of this blog, my wife and I will pick up our second bird dog this weekend.  The pup will be a 10-week old female German shorthaired pointer from the same bloodlines as my five-year old GSP, “Trammell.”  Trammell is named in honor of my childhood hero, Alan Trammell, who played baseball for the Detroit Tigers during my formative years growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Truth be told, my wife used her veto power to overrule my favored name for this new pup.  Had I the sole vote in the matter, the new GSP would be named “Fidryich.”  You see, Fidrych references Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the deceased Detroit Tigers pitcher, 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, Yankee killer, and pop culture transcending character.  “The Bird” was known for his quirky personality, which included grooming the mound and talking to the baseball between pitches.  To me, Fidrych’s nickname – The Bird – made it a perfect fit for a bird dog’s name.


Mark "The Bird" Fidrych graces the June 6, 1977 cover of Sports Illustrated.

My wife’s veto was used because of the tragic nature of “The Bird’s” life and untimely death.  You see, Fidrych flamed out after a torn rotator cuff injury ended his career after only a few shortened seasons.  Then in 2009, Fidrych died while working underneath his 10-wheeled dump truck.  In the best interest of a happy marriage, her veto ultimately ended this name’s contention.  And in all honesty, I can see her point.  It’s probably bad karma for the new pup to name her after such a tragic character.


So, back to the drawing board I went.  Finalists included:

  • Whitaker (call name Whit) – referencing Trammell’s double play partner with the Detroit Tigers, Lou Whitaker.


  • Yooper (pronounced You Pur) – I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and some would say I’ve never left either.  Ultimately, this name didn’t make the cut because it also happens to be my nickname with some circles of friends.


  • Bine (pronounced BeNay) – The Ojibwa word for ruffed grouse was a contender for a moment, but ultimately it seems odd for a Pheasants Forever guy to have a dog name referencing a bird other than a pheasant.


So ultimately, I circled back to a name I’d penciled in years ago for bird dog number two:


Steve Yzerman on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Yzerman (pronounced I zer man / Call Name Izzy)

Steve Yzerman is my generation’s Gordie Howe.  The retired center and captain of the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman was to hockey fans from Michigan what Alan Trammell was to Tigers fans during my childhood years of the ‘80s.  Ultimately, the call name of Izzy will be an easy two syllable pronunciation in the field, I’ve never encountered another hunting dog with the name and it personalizes the pup to me while adding on to the story of my Michigan upbringing with Trammell as my bird dog tag team.


Did we make the same choice you would have made in selecting our second bird dog’s name?






The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

At 10 weeks, Izzy is already looking "birdy." Photo courtesy of Kreig Jacque.


Trammell & Yzerman are enjoying this morning's sunlight together

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9 Responses to “Naming my Second Bird Dog, Part 2 of 2”

  1. Billy says:

    Thought for sure you would be going with Sweet Lou.

  2. @Billy
    Whit (Sweet Lou Whitaker) was right down to the wire with Yzerman. It was a tough call.

  3. brett says:

    I too thought there would be a reference to the Tiger second baseman. Stevie Y surpasses Trammel in Detroit Sports IMHO. He, with fine ownership of Mr. Illitch transformed the “Dead” Wings to the best NHL franchise in the last 20 – 25 years. Izzie is a Great Choice!

  4. Dawn says:

    Yooper the pooper???? hehehe
    I like Witt!

  5. Dave says:

    My Brittany goes by Izzie as well. But her name story isn’t so cool. My wife (who also had veto power in the naming situation) was a big fan of the show Gray’s Anatomy, and one of the characters is named Izzy Stephens. Since our last name is Stephens, she thought it was a good fit. Being a newlywed, I agreed with her.

    Unfortunately, it didn’t dawn on me until reading your story that I could have said that I named her after Yzerman, since I too am a Michigan native (lower peninsula, though)and a Wings fan. Good article and good luck with your pup.

  6. @Dave,
    Thanks for the great comment.
    Go Wings!

  7. Tim says:

    What food do you feed you dogs?

  8. Tom says:

    Gotta love those Top Gun Dogs Bob, have one myself, he’s a Higgins son.

    Who is the Sire and Dam?

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