K9 Kovu searches at a SDONA seminar

Search And Rescue Saturday — Two of the Worlds Best

by Mr. Taleteller on

Last weekend I found myself in Indiana helping at a SDONA (Search Dog Organization of North America) training.  SDONA had brought in Brigitte Versterre and Petra Grothe from the Netherlands.  These two ladies are two of the worlds best.  Both hold numerous World Champion titles in IPO (International Prüfungs-Ordnung) and the IRO (International Rescue Dog […]

Taking The Treat -- Tales and Tails

He’s Got Class

by Houndstooth on

Last week, Mr. Taleteller and Küster were off at training. This time, they trained with some people from Netherlands and they really enjoyed a different perspective. One thing that they really focus on in their group is obedience, and so Mr. Taleteller had the idea that he wants to spend more time working with Küster […]

Hello, Puppucino! -- Tales and Tails

Living The Dream

by Bunny Hound on

Bunny here at the keyboard, writing about my weekend. Last Thursday, Dad and Küster headed off for a long weekend doing whatever SAR teams do.  At first, we were a little sad to see them go, but then we realized it was a girls only weekend and we were happy dogs.   We were living […]

I Know You Really Want To Pet ME - Tales and Tails

Such Good Manners

by Houndstooth on

About a week ago, we had the Greyhounds out for a few errands with us.  As usual, we were stopped by a number of people who wanted to meet them, pet them and ask questions.  We know when we take them out that this will happen, and we plan to have a relaxed, nonrished outing […]

Search And Rescue Saturday–Body Language

by Mr. Taleteller on

All dogs show Body Language Indicators. Our job as the handler is to understand the picture of K-9’s body; decode and interpret the message. Then, relay the message of what the dogs are telling us to the search managers. This assists them in running the search operation insuring that the search is efficient and effective. […]

It Wasn't Me -- Tales and Tails

Blaming The Dog

by Houndstooth on

There are some moments in life that you just have to laugh about.  Last night, we experienced one of those moments and it was too good not to share.  There were no innocent parties, and so no names have been changed. Mr. Taleteller has a habit of blaming the dog in jest when he experiences […]

Kuster Investigates

Search And Rescue Saturday–SDONA Building Search

by Mr. Taleteller on

Today’s topic — building searches.  This weekend Küster and I find ourselves helping one of our favorite search associations, Search Dog Organization of North America (SDONA).  Searching in old empty buildings is actually something that our team does quite a bit. The oddities of how the scent travels in a building really makes dogs work […]

In The Moment

by Houndstooth on

Lately, we’ve seen some dogs who had grown old, as well as near and dear to us, pass away.  One of the first Greyhound puppies I’d seen adopted passed away yesterday after thirteen years of antics that brought me a lot of laughs and smiles.  Mr. Taleteller’s sister and her family recently lost their Yellow […]

Mellow -- Tales and Tails

With Age Comes…

by Houndstooth on

Our recent visit to the University of Illinois with Bunny and Küster made me think of a few things.  Generally, we don’t like to think about our dogs or ourselves getting older, but there are a few benefits.  Traveling with the oldest and youngest members of our pack reminded me of just that. After we […]