I lurked around this forum for many months before finally joining and asking the typical newbie questions. Quite a few years ago I owned a GSP and knew less about the pointer world than I did about the retriever world when I got involved in this addiction. I must say that the retriever folks are much, much, much more willing to help a newbie. Forums like this for pointer folks are filled with arrogant pros, amateurs, and newbies alike. You can forget about getting a straight answer to a simple training question. Want a pro to send your pup to...flip a coin....because most pros on the sites I visited would PM you why you should not use pro A or pro B and never give you any reason to use them. I'm sure there are some retriever folks that are this way as well but it seems to me that they are few and far between. Also, I'm sure there are some great pointer folks as well. However, I never met them-the pro I ended up using included. I've had some of the "big" names on RTF pm me with answers to some petty problem that has probably been asked a million times before. It didn't stop there, a lot of them followed up on my progress and asked if they could help me with anything else. I found a pro in my area through months of research. That pro, without knowing me from Adam, took the time to help me find a quality breeding. A breeding that happened to be posted on this forum's classified section. The breeders have been an amazing couple to deal with as well. My pup is just over 5 months old and will be headed to the pro in a month or so. I'll be headed to my first hunt test to observe/help as needed next weekend. I would like to thank all of you on this forum for making this site and the retriever world in general a great place to be. Now since I've buttered all of you up, when I get my pup back from the trainer, I'll notify everyone on here so they can send me GPS coordinates to all of their "honey holes". Besides, we need to make sure my pup can retrieve and what better way to do that than a live hunting situation. Seriously, thanks to all of you for not being like those arrogant a$$holes that I encountered in the pointer world.