Saturday morning, I repeated my “back to basics” training with Elettra by putting her on the check cord and working her on my partridge and pigeons. As with Mia, there’s something about the partridge that affects her in a way that the pigeons don’t.
There was a good breeze blowing on a couple of occasions, Elettra found herself on top of the bird before scenting it. And actually, that was the cause of me losing one of the birds. I had all the birds carded, and as Elettra was running downwind when she stumbled on the pigeon, flushing it. It cleared the fence and the last I saw, it was heading towards our neighbor’s pine trees.
After returning the birds to the loft and Elettra to the house, I went in search of the pigeon, expecting to find it in one of the pine trees. No luck, so after a late breakfast, I took Elettra along to search for the bird. We searched the neighbor’s yard and trees for a good half-hour without any luck, although Elettra did get a little birdy once. Since it’s not a homing pigeon and is carded, I don’t hold out much hope for it.
Our youngest daughter and her boyfriend are visiting this weekend and brought Lily with them, so this afternoon we took the guys out into the pasture two at a time to swim in the pond. First the wild ones Lily and Dakota, then Sophie and Mia, and lastly Elvis and Elettra. That was just what they needed because after a good brushing and ear wash, they spent the afternoon and most of the evening sleeping.