Tasha made some more friends tonight.
She has had a busy week. She tracked on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. We recovered three deer out of four. ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Tasha braved the high temperatures and humidity to recover a nice buck. The arrow deflected off the shoulder blade and exited the paunch. He backtracked and crossed his own trail twice. He swam across a barrow pit with at least one alligator in it....we went around! Although the buck was only a couple hundred yards from where he was shot, we covered 1.25 miles tracking one hour and twenty nine minutes. Lots of this time I was on my hands and knees crawling through the willows, kudzu and cockaburs! There were only two small spots of blood on the entire trail. Tasha continues to amaze me and she was awesome today! ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Tasha and I went to the deer lease this morning. We had planted food plots last weekend during one heck of a rainstorm and we went to check things out.
It was 94 degrees and almost 80 percent humidity. If was a scorcher and the heat index was out of sight.
I put Tasha on a long stay. She watched as I walked 150 yards to the other end. If you look closer, you can see Tasha at the end of the food plot patiently waiting for me. She has been a breeze to train. ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Cliff, you are doing a great job teaching Tasha impulse control!
And today is Taya's second birthday. She and her four sisters and one brother were born in Denmark at Kennel Tranevang. We are very grateful to their breeder Lise-Lotte Schulz. Many thanks, too, to Marie Gadolin who provided us with a number of photos and comments about each pupster. It was not easy, sitting here in Ohio, and trying to decide IF a puppy and WHICH puppy.
"Puppy" became "puppies" and half the litter is in the US. Taya is with me, Tasha is with Cliff Shrader and Cheryl in Louisiana, and Thor aka Seymour is with Derek Smith and Jennifer in Virginia. We are all VERY GLAD to have them!
Their sister Terra is at home with Lise-Lotte.
The photo is Taya, two weeks after coming to the States and a few minutes after a warm August tracking session. We walked to the pond for the first time and she, at 10 weeks of age, went right on in. It tells a lot about her nature.
Happy Birthday to the T litter!
Tasha has passed the advanced test at the annual United Blood Trackers Trackfest which was held this year in North Carolina!
The UBT-II test is a tracking test where 6 ounces of blood, or three ounces of blood and a deer hoof, are used to lay a track of at least 800 yards. The track will have three turns and two wound beds and will be aged at least eight hours or overnight.
Super performance; It is a wonderful accomplishment, Cliff!
Congratulations to you and Tasha!!
Owl and Tasha mated again this morning. Then Cliff laid a track for Tasha, an AKC-type track this time, meaning Tasha tracked where Cliff walked; it was not a blood track.
Graciously, Cliff invited me to run Viljo on the track first. And Viljo, who had not tracked in months, did a very nice job! After that, Tasha ran the track, too. It was becoming warm but she is one motivated tracking dog and her performance was impressive! Following are some photos I took of Tasha on this track, with captions.