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Reply #15 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 12:21pm
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What's the dog like when she gets a scent?  My limited experience of Beagles is their noses control every fiber of their body and when they smell something they are off come hell or high water?
  

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Reply #16 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 7:30pm
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Authentic!

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Reply #17 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 12:37pm
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Great read thanks. Good on you guys for braving the icy conditions. Glad you made it out alive!
  
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Reply #18 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 1:01pm
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Well done, good trip report.

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Reply #19 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 3:03pm
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Great report Elliot, that Poppy is definitely a keeper alright.
Good to see that you made it safely,that track up to Smyth is surely a bit dicey in places ,always has been.
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Reply #20 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 6:55pm
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Thanks for the story, it brings back memories.
  
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Reply #21 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 11:06pm
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Brilliant, good story and great photos - and if you ever want to trade Poppy I'm interested - never had a woman cook for me in the bush.
  
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Reply #22 - Jul 10th, 2019 at 10:42am
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imaca wrote on Jul 8th, 2019 at 12:21pm:
What's the dog like when she gets a scent?  My limited experience of Beagles is their noses control every fiber of their body and when they smell something they are off come hell or high water?


I think my beagles broken  Grin shes definitely unusual. I never intended for her to be a hunting dog. It was by sheer chance I couldn't get a dog sitter last year and she ended up in the chopper on a trip up the Whataroa  Cheesy She's pretty well behaved and mobile through some tough terrain. There's occasionally a bank or a stream she can't do so I just pick her up but most of the time she'll find her own way through anything. She naturally heels really well, often I look back to see where she is and don't see her because she's right at my feet. The only time she will take off is along the flats after rabbits or hares generally at the start or end of the hunt. She never goes far though and comes back quickly. I could easily lead her during these times but I just let her run off some steam and do her beagle thing. She isn't great at indicating or anything but she does perk up and get interested when animals are near by. Doesn't like the gun and senses when I'm getting ready to shoot and hangs back. Considering I've done basically zero training she's brilliant and less than 2 years old so I think she'll get better if I put the time into some proper training but if not she's just great company to have around. Poppy made her a down sleeping bag last weekend so no more having to share mine thankfully  Grin

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Her new sleeping bag  Grin



  
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Reply #23 - Jul 11th, 2019 at 6:42am
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Oooh yes she's a keeper, and talking not only about the dog  Cheesy

Nice adventure, wish I had a time to head off for more than one day at this time of the year!  Cool
  

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Reply #24 - Jul 14th, 2019 at 9:50pm
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Good write up and pictures thanks
  
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Reply #25 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 8:09pm
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That was an excellent trip report. It had a very human tone to it.  I am sure you and your lady will have many more trips and they will all be thoroughly enjoyable. My sincere compliments.
  

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Reply #26 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 10:00pm
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Been in the same spot up the Smyth, we carried on up and got onto the chams,  massive rock bivy in the bush half way down, prick of a river to cross, I nearly went in but balbob saved my arse
  
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Reply #27 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 3:16pm
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Your blessed. Impressive all right.  Smiley
  

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Reply #28 - Aug 1st, 2019 at 1:18pm
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Magic.
  
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Reply #29 - Aug 3rd, 2019 at 10:22pm
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Liked your write up.Enjoyed it.You area lucky man to have Poppy and the beagle.
  
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