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skycat last won the day on June 14 2014

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  1. skycat

    Boar hunt

    really well trained steady horse, and although it seemed to take him a while to bring them down I don't imagine it's exactly easy shooting a small moving target from horseback. Thanks for sharing: fascinating, and great to see that in some places you can still do this. Can you imagine what would happen if you set out on horseback with a bow and arrows over here in the UK????
  2. I'd heard a bit about Teckels, but this book really opened my eyes as to how much they do, and how popular they are in Europe. Some of the articles in the book are brilliantly written, describing in detail exactly how Teckels work and what their strengths are, and, which surprised me a bit, how well they can be trained to perform a multitude of tasks in the hunting field. It's funny how many people who have never even seen one of these dogs working are so scathing. Admitted, I do find short-legged dogs a bit weird, and lacking in some way, but there do seem to be a lot of people who swear by their versatility, and the proper working types are higher on the leg than the show stuff we see plodding along the streets in the UK.
  3. The competitive coursing I used to do was never for money, just a competition against other dogs, whether under rules or single handed, but I can honestly say even that sort of competition took away most of the enjoyment for me when I was watching my dog run. All I wanted was to win, and once I'd stopped running competitively I was again able to appreciate watching my dog running, with no pressure. I would have been a basket case if ever I'd bet money on the outcome of a course.
  4. If breeding to get a decent lamping, ferreting and mouching dog, I'd be willing to overlook the oversensitive nature of one of the parents. so long as it was very good at the above. Several times I bred, without fox or anything larger in mind, and produced pups that did it all with fire and determination. These were lurcher to lurcher bred so it shows you can never tell what will come up in a litter, but for whole litters to do a variety of slightly more challenging jobs than their dam would entertain showed me never to right off a bitch, or dog, if it was merely a tad squeamish about tackling certain quarry.
  5. Ah ha! So, wild, but habituated squirrels and there I was imagining you crawling in a gillie suit, freezing immobile like an SAS sniper and lying in wait for hours on end for a squirrel to pass by. Impressive shots all the same.
  6. Superb. Were they really taken outdoors? Look good enough for studio shots!!!
  7. Some things never change: the lurcher was known as a nasty, skulking thieving brute back in the 1700s, and the 'them and us' syndrome between landowner and those without land has been around ever since royalty and so-called nobility claimed all the land for themselves. Funny how landowners who own lurchers deem themselves above the law when it comes to illegal game, but those who don't own the land they hunt are just poachers.
  8. Yes, bred from two with so called umbilical hernias. But there is a big difference between a true hernia, where the abdominal wall hasn't closed properly after birth, and the small fatty bobble you sometimes see on the umbilical site, which is where a tiny bit of fat/tissue (not the guts) has become trapped when the hole closed up. If you're not sure, get her checked by a vet.
  9. Not heard that expression before: dirty hunting. Curious as to why people would label lurcher work in this way. Hunting with dogs is one of the oldest methods of hunting. Is it because shooters etc look down their noses at those who hunt with lurchers, or does it merely refer to illegal hunting, poaching?
  10. But you are at least on mainland Europe and you have access to other countries where hunting with dogs is permitted without having to cross the Channel! Good luck with your pup. She looks bright and alert.
  11. My dad told me about a Lab that lived out on the moors in Cornwall back in the early 50s in a very remote house. His owner was a slightly weird artist, but the dog was an incredible guard, though his main claim to fame was the fact that his owner sent him to fetch the paper from the newsagents every Sunday ... over 5 miles away along the main road. Of course, back then there was very little traffic along that coast road, but apparently the dog was well known for it. The owner also had a 'guard' raven, that sat on the roof and attacked anyone who approached the house!
  12. And that's exactly the problem with training lurchers, as their temperaments and drive are so variable depending on how they are bred. There can't be a 'one size fits all' method when training lurchers. A novice owner who wants to get a handle on their own lurcher's nature would be best looking at how it is bred, and then speaking to as many people as possible about how to train those particular breeds, and even then, it's not simple, for so many lurchers are a composite of many breeds and a composite of different temperaments. A pup could start out by showing signs of total scattiness and later display traits which are recognisable from a breed that you didn't even know it had in its ancestry! billhardy, you got it in one: mental toughness makes life so much easier for us!
  13. Keeping the hands positive is the most important, quite agree. Never using your hand to hit, even a light telling-off tap while the pup is growing up, and always being overjoyed when the pup comes to you, no matter how much of a pain in the arse it has been, winding you up etc. But I do use tennis balls as a retrieve game, and have never had a problem, though also play tug with old towels and socks etc. Every pup I've had has retrieved its first rabbit with no histrionics which I now believe has more to do with the fact that the pup sees me as the 'safe place' to bring its catch, and even if that first catch has been a manky old myxi rabbit, I still carry it home to let the pup see that its catch is valuable to me, before disposing of it when the pup is not around to see me bin it.
  14. They are truly lovely vehicles. Our bus stood for 3 years after my husband had a stroke. Never once turned the engine over. When my nephew arrived to get it taken for its MOT it started first time! Drove just fine, and the only thing it needed to go through its MOT was new brake lines. They really are built to last and last and last.
  15. Yes, I hear what you're saying, but I've noticed that leg wounds, where there is very little underlying tissue before you reach bone, can cause problems if not properly treated. I've left various gashes on lower legs unsutured, because the skin was already too tight to stretch to cover the wound. Most times they have healed well, but I know of a couple of instances where that lack of tissue, and a damaged blood supply to the area, have caused problems such as proud flesh, which is where the tissues go mad and keep on growing, thereby stopping the skin covering the wound. I've also seen bad cuts just below the carpal pad keep opening up, again and again. In fact, there was one mentioned on this site, quite a few years ago now, where the dog eventually had to have its carpal pad removed,which is never a good option. I think that unless you are absolutely sure of your ability to diagnose and correctly treat a wound, it is best to go to a professional. That was all.
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