February 3, 2013
There has been a pattern in Tessa's behavior lately, and I was not quick to realize it and fix it.
She has always hunted well, albeit a bit too independently, but was easy to turn and call back in the field. Lately, I noticed her recalls, while still there, were a bit sluggish. Then, during last week's hunt, she disappeared more frequently, dropping from sight and not responding to my recall very well at all. Today was no different and I should have just picked her up and ended the hunt. Actually, I should have addressed the recall issue before taking her out there again. Instead, I spent way too much time hollering after my dog who had the time of her life hunting her heart out, oblivious to my presence, disappearing several times. It was incredible frustrating, the more so because there is no one to blame but myself, and I am annoyed at myself for having let it get to this point. Needless to say, this was Tessa's last hunt until her manners have been refreshed.
On a good note, Dewi, one of our two Llewellin Setter hunting pals, did well and was unbothered by the gunshots, overcoming his gunshyness. Rhys, who is not very fond of the water, went for a swim. So did Tessa, although the water was likely pretty cold.