Horseshoe

Previously:

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.”

The scene of the crime ©2012 Jack Boardman

PepperCooper and Daisy were asked to sniff around the tracks...

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.

Riding along Superior ©2012 Jack Boardman

All were exhausted—and hungry.

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.

Exhausted, they would camp beside Lake Superior ©2012 Jack Boardman

Doc Shouse found a decent clearing in the forest to camp.

Except for one of their number, who decided to stand watch.

That was good…

To be Continued…

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18 Responses to Horseshoe

  1. Hmm wonder what was for supper Jack..what did I cook ? :))

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  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    Tracking makes for happy dogs! I’m surprised they were willing to settle in for the night, but I’m guessing the temptation of Susan’s cooking was pretty convincing.

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    • Jack Boardman says:

      Food is the biggest determining factor that would distract them from the hunt, followed closely by a satisfying nap. 😉

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  3. Chris Shouse says:

    Well I know that the dogs were pretty pooped after smelling all that poop all day 🙂 Whom is standing watch?

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    • Jack Boardman says:

      Flutters was assigned that task. Wait! WHERE IS THAT BIRD-BRAIN? He assured everyone that HE was the best choice for that task, as birds have incredibly good eyesight…so Mac chose him [Sigh]. 😐

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    • sgtmajcarl says:

      Good catch, Chris. Someone should be standing watch. We gave that assignment to FlutterMatters. 😉

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      • Chris Shouse says:

        I guess he Fluttered away, but I have seen him make a come back. Buttons will watch and smell and hear with her horse friends. Believe me when I tell you she may be small but she has a very large bark!

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  4. fluttermatters26 says:

    Quoting liberally –

    “Food is the biggest determining factor that would distract him, followed closely by a satisfying nap.”

    Methinks thinks Fluttermatters that one is reading a synopsis of the the codger’s biography. Certain it is that within a following sentence words such as “Ale” and “More Ale” are certain to be found. 🙂

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    • Jack Boardman says:

      You’ve taken to misquotes? You wrote:

      “Food is the biggest determining factor that would distract him, followed closely by a satisfying nap.” [Emphasis mine]

      But my comment reads:

      “Food is the biggest determining factor that would distract them from the hunt, followed closely by a satisfying nap.” [Emphasis mine]

      Please explain the misquote…AND your being absent from guard duty. A-HEM!!! Reliable birds are SO hard to find these days – Geeze! 😐

      Now for Nap O’Clock!😀

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  5. Bar shoes. Hmmmmm. That’s an unexpected detail.

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  6. fluttermatters26 says:

    According to the Master:

    *Quoting Liberally* – means saying pretty much anything that crosses the synapses of FlutterMatters. 🙂

    Although uncalled for but none the less appreciated, methinks thinks FlutterMatters the fur balls let a whelping AAAAARRRRROOOO in recognition of the Master’s wise words.

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