Allen / UKC
Registered: Nov 2004
Originally posted by kayapellijed390
I picture Todd and Allen reading this with the Blake Shelton song Some Beach running through their heads. LMAO!!!! Do you think a day will ever come when we have exhausted every possible scenario and situation? What a nightmare their jobs must be. Thanks for the hard work and dedication guys. LOL!!!!!!!!!!
Haha... Actually, I got the answer to this very question after a similar personal experience 15 years ago. We were down to a three dog cast. Two dogs treed together. My female split treed approximately 60 yards from them. The judge had me go handle her and come back to score the first tree. I found her treed on a short snag with the coon sitting in plain sight eight feet above her head. I hooked her to a small sapling and went back to score the first tree.
We started squalling at the first tree trying to get a coon to look. While still shining I hear my female take off running/trailing. I'm like...what the heck? She trails to the edge of the timber, with lead strap in tow, and falls treed again. We all looked at each other trying to decide on what to do.
In any case, it didn't take long to figure out that her coon bailed after we started squalling and she easily stripped her lead from the sapling and re-treed it. I even showed the other guys the snag she was originally treed on. Of course the coon was no longer there.
The next week I called UKC to get an official answer on how to score such a scenario. I was told that if a dog left a tree, whether it stripped it's leash from a sapling, chewed it's lead in half or the landowner came back and unsnapped the dog and shooed it off, a hawk swooped down and carried her off etc. etc... then the dog is minused tree points for leaving tree.
So yeah, no head scratching this time. lol. Something I learned 15 years ago. I'm pretty sure I wrote about such a scenario in the past 10 years but would need to do some searching. Regardless, a dog must be handled AND at the tree being scored in order to receive any credit on that tree.
Many times similar situations are scored incorrectly. The most popular being; a dog leaves tree after the judge instructs to handle dogs but before the handler could get the dog leashed - it takes off. Then they incorrectly resolve to calling time out and giving the handler one hour to catch the dog and bring it back to the tree for scoring on the tree. Or sometimes the dog isn't even brought back to the tree. The cast simply scores the tree then call time out and give the handler an hour to catch the dog before giving credit to the "left" dog on that scored tree.
Wish I remembered who was on that cast when that happened to me. I remember one dog being an English female but that's about it. Maybe one of those cast mates will read this and remember the situation I referred to.
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