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After a day in the uplands:
Thor got a bath. I checked him for wounds, he had them. A wound just beneath his right eye and another one on his back, and he reopened a wound on his left rear leg which led to a lot of licking. He is now wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking his rear leg. Important to check your dog after a hunt, see what needs tending to.
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Or a couple of weeks later when an unknown abscess bursts open. Tito is on antibiotics and back in the cone, too.
Probable cause, something lodged in his foot, could be a grass awn.



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Awwww, I hope Thor's better today....poor guy......

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Probable cause, something lodged in his foot, could be a grass awn.
Good Luck with that foot injury ... they can be a bear to fully heal!
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those are some fat roosters!!! Thor is a stud!
Apparently, that trait runs in the family!!!
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Today I hunted Thor again, part of his continuing education. We had five pheasants and two chukar planted over 100 acres of mixed woodland, swamp, and fields. I hunted alone and conditions were not ideal. The following conditions make for hard hunting:


1. Temperature 23 deg
2. Thin crusted snow
3. Thin layer of ice on swamps and deep puddles
4. Jeep trails that were solid ice


Birds run on the crust while dogs break through the crust and must struggle in their pursuit. At this low temperature scenting conditions are less than ideal. In spite of these conditions Thor put up all seven birds plus an additional holdover for a total of eight birds. My shooting was not good today (notice---no brag).


My one big mistake was leaving my ice cleats back at the car. I took a spill on ice that banged my knee and threw my shooting glasses ten feet away, not easy to do, my frames loop around my ears. I took this spill as I was hustling across a jeep trail for a re-flush of a cockbird. Later on I went back to the car for the cleats and boy what a difference. They are awesome ice cleats. Another mistake---I had Musher's Secret for Thor but didn't use it, thought he didn't need it. Should have used it.


Thor is now working the way I want him to and I am very happy. I need to re-do my strategy for hunting in this kind of snow, I could have done better positioning myself for the shot. And I may be working on something new with Thor, secret for now.


Equipment tip: I have been using Huberd's Shoe Grease on my boots. The stuff is great. It waterproofs and reconditions the leather. And I like the smell.
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FOLLOW UP ON YESTERDAY'S HUNT


Thor and I are hurting a bit today. Thor's pads were bleeding yesterday, probably cut on the crust-ice or just rubbed raw. I expect to be hunting more in conditions like this. I will be toughening his pads with Tuf-Foot. I didn't expect this. On the plus side we did about 25 minutes of walking after the hunt, cool down time. No limp tail even though he sat in the back of the truck for over two hours which is a plus. I have found that the ride seemed to be a recipe for limp tail.
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that's great that both of you are doing alright. The weather is brutal and especially good about the limp tail. i was worried about that with Proof too.

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that's great that both of you are doing alright. The weather is brutal and especially good about the limp tail. i was worried about that with Proof too.

My experience with limp tail: It has shown up after getting wet during hunting and the dog is then in his crate for 2+ hours. I try to dry the dog and have a cool down period before going home.


Today we are dealing with cut paws, must really hurt. Pads are all good but the side of his paws are cut and weeping. Most likely cut on the edges of ice. Think I will check out doggie boots.
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Another training hunt in the uplands yesterday. Musher's Secret on Thor's paws and we three hunters all had our ice cleats on. Excellent scenting conditions---damp, temps around 38 deg. Thor is doing quite well. Of note was one cockbird that was lightly hit that flew about 120 yards and landed on a snow covered hillside. I sent Thor after it and watched the cockbird take a short 25 yard flight after Thor made initial contact with the bird. He was right on it, the bird ran around but Thor was on it and made the retrieve. This in particular is very important to me, he has now learned that he can get those wounded birds that fly up off the ground.


I should not compare him to his mom Buffy but I will as I find this interesting. Buffy had the above behavior naturally. Thor had to learn this. No problem, same result. Buffy was the most aggressive pheasant hunting retriever that I had seen. Thor is also very aggressive but somehow different. I believe that he is not hunting by nose alone but also checking out visually interesting cover. Buffy's tail was not very active while quartering, only got active when she scented game and started to go in. Thor's tail is active the whole time he is in the field, then becoming a rapid vibration upon scenting game.


Bottom line: I am very happy.
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