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 Post subject: Meet Mollie & Addie
PostPosted: May 2nd, 2014, 11:36 pm 
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My fellow PBS'er Lenny Brown and I made the commitment. Want to make a guess what lies in the future for us and these two girls?

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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2014, 2:57 am 
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Walt, I hope this is the very first of many photos in the life and times of a mountain lion dog. I'd love to see what it takes to raise and train them and go along on their hunts thru the years. I'll even volunteer to take some of the pictures first hand when they are older :-)

They are pretty darn cute right now!


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Nice looking pups Walt. I am sure you will share many good memories with them.


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I'm with Steve. I'm gonna guess they are going to be the best Lion dogs ever raised up. Hopefully there will be a thread on what it takes to evolve the cute little pups, in the picture, into being turned out on a fresh lion track. (I'd love to see the whole process of training them). Heck, I'll even go one step further and volunteer to let Steve take pictures of me drawing back on a Tom that the have treed. :D


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Mike Vines wrote:
I'm with Steve. I'm gonna guess they are going to be the best Lion dogs ever raised up. Hopefully there will be a thread on what it takes to evolve the cute little pups, in the picture, into being turned out on a fresh lion track. (I'd love to see the whole process of training them). Heck, I'll even go one step further and volunteer to let Steve take pictures of me drawing back on a Tom that the have treed. :D


No Mike, they need video of some young blooded PBS member(s) (from Montana) drawing back on a Tom. I guess I'll volunteer... :roll: Maybe one of me and one of Daniel. Honestly, it's for the good of PBS recruitment. :D

In all seriousness Walt, have a blast with those pups! Some pictures of the process of training would be cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Meet Mollie & Addie
PostPosted: May 6th, 2014, 7:17 am 
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This is very bad news for lions in Montana!

I'm smelling a membership hunt for lions in Montana in a few years, or something.....

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Looking good, Walt!

When they put there nose to the ground. Do their ears hit the ground before the nose?


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Now there's a couple of good lookin' dogs. Oh the adventures that you guys will have with them... Love to see what develops from this.


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Are those pups old enough to chew on a lion's tail yet? How are they looking?

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Jeff, Terry,

The girl's at 14 weeks, just Hang'in with dad:

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Molly practicing her Cyborg technique. She thinks it will allow her to spot the kitties from miles away:

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Addie getting a little excited about Barry's Detailing Techniques:

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Addie thanking Dad for reading to her and Molly....and after he promised to let her and Molly help "check the details" the next time he goes to Lester's.

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They both loved me reading them their first PBS Magazine :)

They are both still a little clumsy but have great noses, relentless drive, and they are tough. Addie has developed a full BAWL that is hard to miss. She is like the bull in a China closet, don't much care what she has to go through to get what she wants, and usually gets it. Molly has a high pitched whine instead of the deep bawl. She is the "Love PIG". I think she will be mostly a silent trailer, which is good for shorter trails. Also, she is fearless, which could come back to haunt her if she gets too far ahead of the other hounds. They are starting to get the basic commands down, learning how to behave on the leash, and are mostly broke of jumping on and nipping people. They have replaced the nipping with licking, which is slowly being stopped. They are great at trailing hot dogs, which is their favorite treat. It is almost time to add the Grawe's lion scent to the hot dogs so they start correlating cats with something good....really.....really good! However, I come from the old school and like to bring hounds along slowly. Best of all, they are both really smart....for being hounds that is. Just say'in....at times they can figure thing out, other times not so well; at least when compared to my experience when training labs. Anyway, one day Addie seems smarter then Mollie, the next day it switches. After all you do not want them too smart or they will realize the ramifications of chasing a kitty that is three times their size. :o

Overall, I think they will be good ones, but there is still a lot of training/work ahead; only time will tell.

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Very cool Walt. I can't wait to read the stories about the hunts with those puppies.
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Looks like they are growing fast.
My granddad always said if the ears hit the ground the same time as the nose then they are keepers!!


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Walt, those are some beautiful dogs and I love the photos. The picture of one of them giving you some love looks like it has a bob tail? Is that just a photo angle.

I too am excited to watch these dogs grow and start following along on the hunts.

It looks like you are having a lot of fun with them! :)


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Walt, are you sure Molly's eyes aren't turning green from the blinding white of those legs?? :shock:


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A quick update: Both Addie (on the right) and Molly (on the left) are doing well, they both weighed in at 54#'s at the vet's's three weeks back. There is fresh snow, it was -17 this morning, and kitty season starts tomorrow. Unfortunately, the new job has me on the road until Saturday but we will hit it hard then. They will be leashed when trailing for the first few months and then start running with their mother and a couple other seasoned hounds around February or March.


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Nice to hear they are doing quite well. I got to wondering the other day how they were doing when my mind drifted off to a Montana lion hunt.

Good luck next weekend and please keep us updated.


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A fine looking pair Walt! I'm sure looking forward to the stories to come.


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Really interested in how they perform on cats Walt. Thanks for stirring the imagination.


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Classic Walt! A couple of those should be submitted for Magazine covers...at least keep that in mind (for a premier photo op.) at their first tree...and probably coming soon!


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Boy o boy I was just looking at some of my lion chasing video...can't wait to see the girls with their first kitty!


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A quick update (sorry, no pictures): Addie and Molly hit their first kitty trail last Sunday and performed fairly well, at least for not knowing what they were doing. I kept them on the leash most of the time because we had cut a wolf track earlier. The short story is they drug me all over the mountains until I couldn't go any further and we (that means me) turned back. The kitty was treed and released by some friends an hour later. I will just say, it is a lot easier to let them go, listen to them sing, then go to where the kitty is treed, than it is to go everywhere they go on four legs. I can only remember one time in my life when I was more exhausted then last Sunday .

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Thanks for the update, Walt.
If things go well next year. I may get to come to Montana to chase some of those cats also.


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Alright Walt, Jacob and I were talking about the "ladies" this weekend and I thought I would bring this up to hopefully get an update for all of us.


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