Around noon they came to the scene of Angus’ murder, found by PepperCooper. Blackmon and Mac went there with only PepperCooper and Daisy, hoping there was still something remaining to provide a clue as to who was responsible.
There were tracks everywhere, the crime scene had been nearly obliterated by the people who found Angus and ultimately brought his body back to Grand Marais.
It appeared hopeless…
Season VI, Chapter 3 Trackdown, Episode 8:
Chief Deputy US Marshal Blackmon found something even the dog-people missed, an odd horseshoe print—a set of prints made by a horse shod with relatively rare bar horseshoes.
“Do you have any idea whose horse made those prints?”
“No, Mac, I don’t. But look, the tracks, along with another set are angling roughly south, towards the road.”
PepperCooper and Daisy were asked to sniff around the tracks and then follow them until they intersected the road. Susie and Mac rejoined the search party and the began slowly down the road to give the dogs time to track the hoof-prints to where they intersected the road.
Of course both horses relieved themselves along the way, and like all dogs, both committed THAT positive identification to memory. Once the scent was identified the two were able to very quickly get back to the road. Both began to bay, signaling to the marshals they could pick up the pace.
All the dog-people were led to the closest horse-leavings, and all permanently memorized the scent.
Although with the dogs working both sides of the road allowed for a much faster pace, they would soon have to stop for the night. They knew it would be a long trackdown, their quarry simply had too big a lead on them and there was no sense pressing on. All were exhausted—and hungry.
Doc Shouse found a decent clearing in the forest to camp, and soon the tents were pitched, a fine meal prepared by Susan, and within an hour all were sound asleep.
Except for one of their number, who decided to stand watch.
That was good…
To be Continued…