Malia working in the snow. She’s really been coming into her own this past month and is becoming a truly valuable member of the team! She’s still figuring out the whole pointing thing, but her ability to track and flush rabbits is getting impressive. Even Kai is starting to view her as a teammate and learning to follow her through the trees in anticipation of a flush. It’s a great feeling watching it come together
If anyone was curious to see what Sierra and Jasper do to keep active, this is all they do for hours and hours every time they go over my grandparent’s house (they go over at least every other day, if not more)
They did it!! Kai and Malia finally worked as a team today and it was amazing! What a fun flight! Kai was chasing the rabbit around a bush when Malia came in from the side and cut it off. With a goshawk at its back and a dog at its front, the rabbit decided to leap straight up in the air, where Kai collided with it and brought it to the ground! Malia was great and knew well enough to give Kai space once he had it so everything went smoothly from there.
I’m on cloud 9! Nine months of fieldwork with the pup and a rough first week trying to get Kai to cooperate with her, but I think it’s finally paying off!