Unwanted at first, 'Nellie wins show, title By SUSAN JEFFRIES Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Special Writtr Huntabird's Gimme A Break, nicknamed Nellie, is the latest in a long line of winning German short- short- haired pointers bred, owned and handled by Patti Keller of Paris Crossing, Ind. Nellie was best of breed at a recent recent Wisconsin specialty show, de feating 11 champion German short-haired short-haired short-haired pointers, from the open bitch class. "I was very, very shocked," said Keller. "With that many specials (champions), judges just don't put up class bitches. The next day, at a Racine all- all- breed show, Nellie won the final points toward her title. Nellie is the 14th champion Ger man shorthaired pointer finished by DOG SHOWS Keller during the past 1 1 years, and represents the fifth generation bred under her Huntabird prefix. Patti and her husband. Dee Jay, share their home and 800-acre 800-acre 800-acre farm in Southern Indiana with 13 shorthairs, breeding a litter about once a year. "The funny thing is, nobody want ed Nellie when she was a pup," Keller Keller said. "There were five bitches and three males in the litter, and all the girls were spoken for. But when Nellie was the last one left, the buy er decided on a male instead. My husband liked Nellie, so we decided to hang on to her." . At five months of age, Nellie won last fall's Louisville Kennel Club match. She was one of numerous dogs Keller has piloted to the top spot at area matches over the years, including Nellie's dam, Ch. Hunta bird s Born a Star. Keller intends to be on hand for this year's Louisville match next Sunday with another youngster named Bugs, a half-brother half-brother half-brother to Nel lie. He's a 6-month-old 6-month-old 6-month-old 6-month-old 6-month-old pup named after the bugs he loves to point. The Louisville match is a training ground for young show prospects of many breeds belonging to well- well- known breeders and exhibitors from Kentucky and surrounding states. About 300 entries are expected for the competition. It will be held in the West Hall of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Entries, costing $4 each, will be accepted at the gate until noon. The admission charge is $2 for adults and $1 for children and sen ior citizens. Judging starts at 12:30 p.m. All puppies and adult dogs regis tered with the American Kennel Club are eligible, except those holding holding major championship points. Nov ices also are welcome to enter inexperienced inexperienced dogs and puppies to evaluate possible show prospects. NEW CHAMPIONS C and D's Rainbow Dragonfly, a bichon frise owned by Dennis and Kathy Brasill of Jeffersonville, finished champion ship requirements at the Nashville all-breed all-breed all-breed show. Melcalfs Belle of Louisville, an American Staffordshire terrier owned by Joseph R. Metcalf, shown by Carol Moore, also finished her title the same day.