It has been three weeks since our beagles were killed by wolves. In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago. In other ways it seems like yesterday. Thankfully, over time images are fading slightly. What seemed like such a useless loss of life has at least served some purpose. And fall is just around the corner with cooler temperatures and better running conditions.
Stubby has survived. When he staggered into the truck, we knew he was going to die. We treated him with antibiotics and got him to our vet the next day. He operated on the gashes through his rib cage and he is recuperating and going to survive. He is semi-retired with Larry and Jackie Harrison. Anyone who knows Jackie knows that he is getting the best of care.
Hot Rod was the only dog we couldn't find on the day of the attack. He wondered into some campers four days later nearly starved with many cuts and gashes. They took him to the Sault Ste. Maria animal shelter. The first report I have from them made it sound like he was going to die. Luckily, with treatment and TLC he is doing OK. He is going to be adopted soon and will live his life out as a pet.
The attack has become a major point in the upcoming Michigan Wolf Hunt. Hunters are using it as proof for the need for a season, and even higher quotas. Anti-hunters are making all kind of claims about how we shouldn't be in the wolf's territory, and we don't care about our dogs or else we wouldn't have had them there.
Scott Derrick and Larry Harrison came to a field trial at our club, OHBC last week. This gave us all the chance to hang out and have a few laughs. Although, I will get even with Scott for the "I Love My Poodle" sticker he put on my tailgate.
There have been a lot of news reports like this one from The Mining Journal and on Mike Avery Outdoors. I was interviewed several times by newspaper and radio. Although I would rather have just let it go, I think the need for all beaglers to be aware of the risks makes talking about the problem worth it.
Hopefully this whole incident will start to fade away. I am not sure where we will go in October, but I sure would like to find a safer spot to run hare. And maybe in some way it will bring some awareness to the need to make changes so the Upper Peninsula is safe for beaglers.