"Dear John and Jolanta,
I just wanted to drop a line and tell you I appreciate all your efforts in promoting tracking. Your book and blog are wonderful teaching tools. Last September I contacted several of people on your blog that had litters and they were all very helpful, and after several conversations I decided I wanted a bigger dog. Being a Pastor and a Christian I truly believe it is our job to steward and take care of to the best of our ability Gods gift of animals therefore, the reason I became interested in blood tracking and the reason I took on a stray walker hound a veterinarian that attends our church had come across. After reading and rereading John's book and numerous blog posts and exercising patience Kaiah is starting to really get it. Thanks again for all of your efforts. Eddie
Eddie and Kaiah
And just few days ago we received this nice message from Jack Kale, who is also a Pastor.
"Jolanta and John,
First of all, thank you for the years you have put into this amazing book and sport. I just got the book in the mail yesterday and haven't been able to put it down. I bought a puppy from Barb Wills (at your reference) about six weeks ago. I have done one line trail with him each week and I am having more fun that I ever imagined. As a bowhunter, I think developing a tracking dog/relationship is as fun as learning to shoot a bow.
Secondly, I appreciate your insights into the condition of the hunter who can't find his/her deer. In Chapter 15, pg 246 you said "Hunters, who have wounded and lost a deer, are not in a "normal" state of mind. Be tactful. Don't lecture or preach." That simple tidbit spoke to me in a deep and personal way. I am a pastor in the United Methodist Church, and have found your insights to be very pastoral and personal. Thank you.
Thirdly, as an educated man, I appreciate that this book is filled with history and practice that is well written and erudite. Thank you.
There is no deeper sense of satisfaction for me than the knowledge that what we do matters and contributes to other people's lives in a positive way. Both the book and blog were created mainly for educational purposes so it is good to know that we are on a right track. Thank you Jack and Eddie!