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Sookie Time

Sookie

Sookie

Recently I got an update of a dog named Sookie. Sookie is owned by a great family whom uses her to track whenever needed. They call Louisiana their home. Her owner Randy sent me an email which I have shared below. Stories like Sookie’s make me happy and put a smile on my face. Thanks for the update Randy! Sookie is one lucky dog that is getting to do what she loves to do.

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Randy wrote;

Hello Brian,

It’s been far too long since I’ve given any updates on the adventures of Sookie, but rest assured she has been busy!!! She has managed to create a fanbase that spans Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The attachment has some pics of her adventures. Each one has its own stories, but the first is by far the most special to me. This was my son’s very first deer. Sookie will sometimes sit in the blind with us on hunts, and I was especially glad she went with us on this day. The deer was facing us when shot, and the shot dropped it in his tracks. While we were hooping, hollering, and high-fiving from what just occurred, the deer that just dropped dead in his tracks decided to add more excitement to our hunt by standing up and running away. I told my son we would wait a little while just to give him a little time, and I assured him that the deer probably just fell on the side of the lane we were hunting. We waited 45 minutes and I told my son to sit tight with Sookie in the blind while I went to take a look at the evidence. Once there I found a big pile of absolutely nothing!!! My worries grew larger, but my faith in our furry family member with us that day was never in doubt. I went back to the blind and told my boy that it’s “Sookie time”. She obviously knew what that meant because she was fired up to get out of the blind. Once we got her on lead and at the shot site she made quick work of it and drug us 200 yards to the spot where the deer took his last breathe.

Sookie has many long tracks to where there was no hope of the hunter retrieving the deer without her. I love it when we are fortunate enough to find a kid’s first deer, a first harvest with a bow, or when she finds a deer when the hunter doesn’t have faith in a “weenie dog” getting the job done. I always get a chuckle inside when the hunter saw the deer run one way and starts mumbling under their breathe when Sookie goes a different way. The look of shock on their face when I say “We’re on blood!” is priceless. Out of all her “impossible tracks”  where we find the deer after she drug me through water and briars so bad I end up looking like I tried to give a bobcat a sponge-bath, I can confidently say the 200 yard short track for my son’s deer will be my favorite of all time. It can’t be topped! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

Forever grateful,

Randy

 

Thank you Randy.  Congrats to you and your boy on his first deer. That family experience is something very special. Best of luck the rest of the season.

 

More pics of Sookie and some of her recoveries.

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Autumn

Cash

Cash / Wisconsin

I haven’t updated this blog for too long. Time seems to fly. Our last breeding was unsuccessful. That is the way it can go in the breeding game. There are no guarantee’s. Our next try should be in the spring. I appreciate everyone who has been patient on our waiting list.

That magical time of year is here again. The rut is firing up in many parts of the whitetail states including here. There will be many mature deer taken in the next several weeks.  I am looking forward to bowhunting and letting my dogs do some work.  Whether you are tracking, hunting, or both, good luck this season.

I appreciate all of the past pup owners that have kept in touch with me. I love hearing their stories and how the dogs have come along. I’ve included a couple recent pictures.

Dossie and Scout / Idaho

Dossie and Scout / Idaho

Jimmy Dean/ Alabama

Jimmy Dean/ Alabama

Dachshunds And Teckels

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The writing below came from Edd Woslum of Idaho. Edd and his wife Leanne own a ranch and hunting lodge in Idaho. Edd also does some writing and has a company that builds custom hunting rifles. Edd and Leanne own a couple of Teckels (Chui and Dossie) that were whelped through our breeding’s. They recently bred Dossie and kept two pups ( Scout and Sniper) out an 8 pup litter. The pictures above are of their Teckels.

I thought this was a good read. Enjoy.

 

 

Dachshunds and Teckels

I have been asked on many occasions “what the the heck is a Teckel. They look like Dachshunds to me”.
 I am not in any way being derisive about Dachshunds; they are great little dogs, but the fact is the Dachshunds and Teckels may look a good bit alike but there is a huge difference in their attitude, strength, and particularly their purpose. 
 Dachshund type dogs go all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Where they were used for hunting by the ruling class. There are today many existing hieroglyphs that depict this 
very distinct type of canine during periods that date before Christ. 
 Official European registry goes back to the 15th century. The Dochs Krieger German registry originated in the 18th century and still exists today in various forms. The world wide body that today carries on this registry is Deutscher Teckel Klub (DTK) which is headquartered in Germany.
 The North American Teckel registry is overseen by the North American Teckel Club (NATC). This American group strictly follows the standards and goals of the DTK. Numerous Types of very demanding field tests and trials are held each year specifically for this breed. In the U.S. these trials are held under the direct supervision of the NATC. There are also numerous blood tracking field trials that are open to all breeds. These trials are widely attended by Teckels, Drathars, Kurzhars, and Black Mouthed Curs. The Teckels routinely win championship status in these open trials. 
 Idaho County’s Dossie Von Hibbs, Chui Von Hibbs and Scout Sniper USMC, are all certified blood trackers and are direct sons and daughters of National Champions. 
 Teckel standards demand an enthusiastic, almost fanatical hunting instinct but the animal must also be under complete control by the handler. Strength, stamina, perseverance, and intelligence are an absolute must. The vast majority of Teckels are wire haired with black, brown, and tan intermingled hair. This coat color and texture is referred to as “wild boar”. 
 20 years ago the majority of Teckels were imported directly from Germany. This is often a difficult process as the DTK greatly discourages the shipping of puppies as baggage. The club stipulates that they should be carried by a handler in the aircraft cabin. There are, however, several professionals that specialize in transporting puppies on intercontinental flights. To purchase a puppy from Europe the cost can be upwards of $3500. This puppy transport rule is also stipulated by the NATC. 
 Today, there are several Teckel breeders in the south and east of the country but very few in the Western USA. If you are interested in acquiring a registered teckel you need to plan way ahead as the wait can be 2 to 3 years. 
 In order to be a member of the North American Teckel Club a breeder must sign an extensive and very specific code of ethics agreement. If a breeder violates any one of these ethical standards they will be removed from member status. These ethical agreements include but are not limited to: All applicants for puppy purchase will be thoroughly screened as to their intent for the pup and that the purchasers will be able to properly nurture and train the animal. No pups will be sold to pet shops or other puppy mill type operations. 
 To my knowledge there are only 4 Teckels in Idaho and 3 of those live in Idaho County. These 3 fanatical hunters are all the property of Yellow Wolf Ranch. These small but mighty trackers regularly volunteer their services to find wounded critters that would otherwise be lost. If you are fearful of losing a wounded animal there are several Idaho game wardens that can assist you in making contact with a tracker.
 For further information on this type of hunting dog go on the internet to www born to track.com or Tracking Teckels.com

Running The Dogs

Echo and Sage

Echo and Sage

Echo and Sage

Echo and Sage

I took the dogs ( Echo, Jetta, and Sage ) to a friends property today to get some exercise in the timber. My friend has beagles and lives on land that holds lot’s of wildlife including rabbits. Right from the get go the dogs got on a rabbit. Pretty quickly I heard a noise that didn’t sound good. When I got to the dogs Echo and Sage were playing tug of war with the rabbit. The dogs do occasionally catch a rabbit but it doesn’t happen alot. The day ended up being a good one for the dogs. They trailed numerous rabbits, and also trapped a possum under a log.  I got to hear Sage voice for the first time when trailing a rabbit. Echo and Jetta are experienced and both voice well. I have been keeping Sage off rabbit’s hoping to keep her more focused on deer tracking.  She is young . Towards the end of the run today the dogs did jump a doe deer. We were concerned that there may be a fawn laying near so I hooked the dogs up and headed off. It was getting warm anyhow, and time to go.

Jetta and Sage

Jetta and Sage

 

Scout

Today I was looking through some old pictures and came across one of my first WHD (Scout). This picture was taken on one of her first recoveries. It shows the character of her when she came to the end of a deer track. I miss Scout a lot, but am comforted by the fact that some of her genetics still remain in my breeding’s.

Scout Recovery

Scout Recovery

Dossie Litter

Dossie Litter

Dossie Litter

Here are a few updated pictures of a recent litter of Teckel pups whelped in Idaho. The pups have all been spoken for and are headed to their new homes. The owners of the litter are Edd and Leanne Woslum. Edd calls them their ‘wonder pups’. They did a great job with this litter. The pups matured at the same time Idaho was experiencing 27 consecutive days of snow fall (the last I had heard:).  The owners and the litter were snow bound. Good luck to all these future trackers and their new owners!L1020327Scout-Sniper 7 weeks

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Available WHD Pups / Update 12-05-16 Pups Are All Spoken For

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Dossie Litter

Dossie Litter

Update 12-05-16: I was told by Leanne today that all pups are spoken for.

A litter of Wirehaired Dachshunds was recently whelped. There are still pups available. This first time litter for ‘Dossie’ includes 4 male and 4 female pups. Dossie was whelped by us. Dossie is owned by Edd and Leanne Woslum of Idaho. They are friends of mine. They own and run a private hunting ranch. Dossie is a certified and established tracker. The sire of the litter ‘Max’ is out of Oregon. You’ll need to talk to Edd or Leanne for more info on Max’s background. I do believe he is an import from Germany.

If you are interested in a pup or would like more information contact : Edd at ph.208-983-9208 or email wilycoyote39@gmail.com

A Couple Of Recent Tracks

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Sage

My dog Sage got to track a real nice buck yesterday. It was a great track for a young dog. Sage is almost 6 months old. The buck went a total of about 500 yards. There was not much blood for the first 200 yards. After that it got much better in spots. I was happy with Jetta’s tracking and happy for this hunter, who took a trophy buck.

Later the same day I took Jetta out. This was an easy track for her. The problem was me, the handler. When we first arrived at the hit site Jetta was pulling like a freight train and voicing down a deer trail, with no visible blood. The hunter’s were sure the deer had gone a totally different direction. I thought Jetta possibly was pulling towards fresh rabbit scent, as the area is full of cottontails.  After pulling her off that line, and searching the area the deer had supposedly gone, I returned to the hit site. As Jetta started pulling again down the same trail, I went down it a ways to investigate. Not very far in I found blood and then saw the deer laying close by. Good job Jetta! I should have known better.

Jetta

Jetta