Sentinelle is learning the new routine from her
German Shepherd Dog "Gisele" and young
passed on all that she knew to little "Elle"
RIP Gisele..November 10th, 2007.....
"At 15 1/2 weeks, her tracking has really come
around. She went through a phase where she was
really losing focus. I realized being a smart,
inquisitive puppy, she just wanted to
investigate the new things she was encountering
when the trails got longer and switched from the
lawn and field to the woods. Taking her on the
walks with Gisele did the trick, allowing her to
investigate everything new while not doing
trails. She is now maintaining focus on trails
300-400 yds. long. Yesterday, the trail included
working through and up a little creek, up to
where the waterfall photo was taken."
Sentinelle likes Harleys...
and Police Officers :;)))
Sentinelle (18 1/2 weeks) preparing for all
that water in Quebec's far north. Though she
has been tracking and retrieving in small
creeks, this was her first big swim. Pretty
August 14, 2007 Sentinelle is now
6.5 months of age...
Sentinelle and I
will be leaving for the far-north this
Friday. For sure it's pushing it at her age,
but I'm pretty confident we will be okay.
Her tracking is such that I think she will
be of service. She watches me like a hawk,
sticks close on walks and is pretty good
with basic obedience, especially for a
puppy. She rides well in a canoe, doesn't
mind gunfire, LOVES the water, etc.,etc.,
... so, we are going for it! I will watch
her very carefully as it can be a dangerous
place for a dog. I will take good care of
her, don't worry. Gisele was very young her
first season (of 11) too.
I hope you and
all the dogs are all doing great and
enjoying the summer.
New Updates from John and Sentinelle...now
9 1/2 months on her first find of the fall,
John's Halloween Buck
He thought he
had missed this buck because
the buck had no reaction to
the shot. When the guide
picked him up they checked
the arrow and found good
blood. After a short wait,
John, Elle, and the track
posse made short work of a
faint blood trail. Congrats
John on a fine 157" 9-pt.
Norman shot this fine
9-pt on Halloween.
Gross score 157".
Also pictured is
Elle, the newest
addition to the
Sentinelle and Caribou Bulls
mentor, Gisele passed on;
November 10th, 2007...
Gisele was the
long time companion to John in his
tracking guide business and spent many
years working with him..She was
instrumental in passing along much
of her knowledge to both John's
Bloodhound, Jesse and
Her memory will live on in these young, upcoming
and talented tracking dogs...
will long be remembered with love by
owners John and Donna Engelken.
Rest In Peace Gisele...
Just dropping a line to say
hello, and send a photo of Elle
from last fall. She did a nice
job for me up north, and remains
a pleasure to me. She is still
very full of energy. Sometimes a
bit rough and unrelenting on the
bloodhounds, but is very good
friends with my one year old
hound. I snowshoe with them most
every day and they really tear
it up together in the snow. Elle
Elle does get nervous riding in
the floatplane. Especially the
turbo-prop. It has a different
sound to it that seems to bother
her more. So far not a big
problem, and we only fly in
floatplanes 3 or 4 times during
the season. The large prop-jet
doesn't bother her much.
Other than the floatplane
nervousness, she's great. Very
reliable. One day I had her on
whoa while a big wolf trotted by
at 25yds. The wolf hit Elle's
tracks and came right for us. It
ran when it heard me drop a
shell in. Elle held her whoa.
Elle didn't have to do a lot of
tracking up north, but did well
when called upon.
I check your website now and
again to see what's new. I've
given your name to several
people who've asked me about
I hope all is well at
Sentinelle 2 yrs old Feb 2009