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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Evaluating Eibe's nose - part 2

by Andy Bensing

Below is a video of the first part of the evaluation trackdiscussed in the previous post.  Unfortunately, my camera battery ran out before the most challenging part of the exercise, the star and the deer feeder crossing.  You will just have to take my word for it that I was totally surprised how easily she worked through the hard parts, especially the deer feeder area.  Here are some photos from a trail cam I happened to have on the feeder.  Not as good as a video but you get the idea.
Breaking down the snow with my tractor.
Laying the tracking shoe trail in alongside the feeder.
Deer at the feeder overnight in the rain.
Eibe and I tracking past the feeder the next afternoon.
As you can see from the video  I can be pretty sure Eibe’s nose has recovered its ability to smell and differentiate hoof print scent between individual deer.  

Thank you to my sports medicine vet Dr. Robert Gillette    from the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove IL  and my longtime friend and local vet Dr. Sherilyn Allen from Ironstone Veterinary Hospital   in Boyertown PA.  Dr. Gillette was able to diagnose that a low thyroid level was the source of the problem and Dr. Allen helped me successfully treat it.  I can’t wait till next September and get my Eibe back in the field at full capacity.

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