a May 4th, 2008

  1. Tracking through the sand burrs

    May 4, 2008 by MyEye

    Our 675 mile (each way) trip to Oklahoma was not successful.  The weather was perfect, the location was picturesque.  Kip drew Track #6 so we started at 10:40.  It was getting warm, but was not hot.  We went to the start flag, he took about three steps and held up his right rear paw.  I told him to wait, walked down my tracking line and removed a sticker from his paw.  I stepped back and he tracked for another ten feet then held up another paw.  I went down the line again and removed another sticker.  By the time he reached the 30 yard flag,  I had removed at least eight stickers (called sand burrs by the Oklahomans). Kip turned around, came back to me, and said, “This is not something I want to do.”  I tried to motivate him, but we finally called the track.  I carried him to the tall grass and he tracked another leg and turn, although he found the glove, he was really done.  Sigh! Luck of the draw! When I took him back to the car and checked his feet, the hair between his pads was bloody so, I think, he told me the truth when he said it wasn’t fun.