Call backs to the Qual 4th: 1. 2, 5-8, 10, 15-19
Call backs to the Qual 4th: 1. 2, 5-8, 10, 15-19
I can imagine what a mess this is for the Open. A lot of time lost. I am guessing that if they had just scrubbed a second test around 1:00, they would have to find another location for it and walk those grounds (I am sure they would have to check them out after so many injuries on hidden barb wire). They probably didn't get the 3rd try at the Open going until 2:00 p.m. or later. They will probably be running dogs until dark thirty tonight trying to make up for this.
Now folks can see why it is so important for clubs to list the closest veterinarian. I am just glad that this happened on a Friday and not on a Sunday.
I just finished reading on line comments from a veterinarian about hunting dogs getting cut tongues. He said photos were taken of dogs running while hunting. Their mouths are open and their tongues are fully extended. I can understand now how Ruby could get a badly cut tongue on barb wire that apparently was hidden in brush or high grass she was running through.
I'm at the test. I am not aware of four dogs being injured. That's not to say they weren't but obviously at least two were - Marion's Kate and Don's Ruby. The test was only really scrapped once. They did do an adjustment after the first dog ran and could not see the long bird and ended up hunting deep in the wrong area and came up with a bumper. They moved the long gun in much shorter, gave the dog that never picked up any of the marks but came back with a bumper a rerun, and proceeded with the test. After Marion reported the injury to her dog to the Committee, they immediately checked the field and scrapped the test. I don't know if they were aware of Ruby's injury at that time. They had run about 13 dogs on the scrapped test. They stopped that test after dog #24, having started with #11 which was the one that picked up the bumper. The new test is in a different area - a double and a blind. The marks are thrown - one very long thrown left to right in an open field and one very short thrown right to left to a wide spit in a pond. Pull the dog off the marks and run the blind under the arc of the short bird with multiple water entries enroute and then way out into the field. Then pick up the marks by invitation. The marks can be almost an over and under depending on the length of the short throw. Among the first six or seven dogs, there have been at least three handles on the marks and a pickup on the blind.
Thanks so much for the report Judy. It is great you are there to get the facts straight for us. I hope it went well for you.
Don just called me from the vet's office. Ruby's cut is at least 1" deep in her tongue. She had to be put under for stitches. Don said that Ruby was the 3rd dog to be brought into the vet's clinic for barb wire cuts today.
1- Marion Carey's dog Kate. Might not have been a leg. Don thought the blood was coming from a leg. Might have been from her side and a nipple.
2 - a dog Brooke Vandebrake ran. Don does not know how bad that injury was, he didn't see it. The dog had been treated by the same vet before Don brought in Ruby
He had heard there were 4 dogs, but the vet could tell him only about 3 he had treated so maybe the 4th dog did not need stitches.
Don can't leave the vet's office until they are done stitching and Ruby comes out from being under. The Open knows that and they said they would wait for him to get back there with Sally. It might be dark when that happens. Don is a wreck.
Don thought that Marion's dog might have been the first dog hurt so that when she told them about it is when they realized something was out there and so they scrapped the test. Don thinks maybe they did not know about Brooke's dog or Ruby. When Ruby came back with a duck and blood dripping out of her mouth, he grabbed her and took her to our truck to check her out. The judges did not know about it I don't think. Don didn't know how serious it was until he could get her held down and the blood stopped so he could see what was bleeding.
Barb wire can easily be hidden in brush or tall grass. Hard to find it when walking the grounds. I don't blame the judges or the F.T. Committee for not seeing it. I applaud them for changing the test as soon as they learned about Marion's dog.
Brooke has been at the Open all day so I'm not sure when he could have gone to the vet. He ran the first dog (the one who found the bumper) and was in the holding blind with his second dog when they scrapped the test. Don ran Ruby right in front of Marion's Kate. I'm not aware that anyone knew that Ruby had been injured. Marion advised the Committee and the Committee took prompt action. I guess the moral of the story is if your dog is injured while running a test, be sure that the Committee is informed. If the Committee is notified promptly, they can take action to save other dogs from being injured. The field trial programs now include a section on Event Committees and their responsibilities for safety. That section says that the Committee should be notified immediately of a serious injury to a dog whether while running a test or on the grounds. A serious injury is defined as requiring a trip to a vet. The Committee can then investigate and take appropriate action and report to the AKC. As handlers, we should all be aware of these guidelines and make sure that we report any serious injuries to our dogs so that action can be taken.
Sorry dogs got hurt. Thanks Helen for the update on those injured and Judy for your report. Hopefully that is the end of injuries.
I also feel for the judges.