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Hey Texas bowhunters, the LSBA Annual Awards Banquet, Expo & Pop-up 3-D Shoot is just a little over a month away June 14, 2014, at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas.

Guest Speakers will be Mike and Bonnie McFerrin from the Outdoor Channel’s The Legends of the Fall. They will be there throughout the day to sign autographs and will do a question and answer session during the Banquet, so get your questions ready.

The NLDA will be there with a tracking dog seminar & shed antler dog demo. We are also raffling off a Yeti Roadie.

Pop-up 3-D Tournament with Jerry Boyles and Team Bowmasters of Arkansas begins 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. Blood Trailing Seminar by Courtney Farris, National Lacy Dog Association

12:00 p.m. Expo and Vendors Open; MDH Outdoors will have their Techno Hunt trailer set up

2:00 p.m. Shed Hunting Seminar by Courtney Farris, National Lacy Dog Association

6:00 p.m. 40th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet begins

Hope to see you there!!! This event is open to the general public. You do not have to be a member to attend!

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Hotel information for the Banquet:

Best Western Plus Georgetown Inn & Suites
600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard
Georgetown, Texas 78626
512 868-8555

There are both king and two queen rooms available for both Friday and Saturday nights. Best Western is a pet friendly hotel.

Rate is $92.00 per night.

 

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As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the working dog community, the NLDA will be sponsoring a canine Search and Rescue team through the Greater Houston Search Dogs organization.

SAR teams provide search and rescue services to law enforcement, fire departments and other public safety agencies free of charge. Specialized canine teams, composed of certified handlers and canines, require extensive training, maintenance and equipment in order to deploy safely and successfully.

Volunteer handlers are not paid for their time or service and they are responsible for the entire cost of training, maintenance and equipment for their canine partners.

A portion of the proceeds from this fundraiser will directly support a canine SAR team.

From now until the Working Dog Field Day on May 11th, 2013, tickets may be purchased by using the secure checkout on our webpage or over the phone by calling (214) 679-1801 until 4 pm the day of the event. Tickets will also be available at the Working Dog Field Day at Reveille Peak Ranch on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am until 4 pm.

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You need not be present to win.

There will be 2 different raffle pools containing prizes; Lucky Dog and Texas Adventures. Your name and number of tickets will go in to the drawing for those prizes. A ticket will be drawn for each prize in the pool.

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The Lucky Dog Raffle – 5 Winners – Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20

One 45 quart Yeti Cooler – $329 Value
One Tri-Tronics Sport Basic G3 Collar – $219 Value
One Mud River Dog Handler’s Bag – $44 Value
One Subscription to Extreme Hog Hunter Magazine (formally Bayed Solid) – $27.50 Value
2 Cable Leads from Wild Boar USA – $23 Value

Texas Adventure Raffle – 3 Winners – Tickets are $10 each

One Texas Mesquite Custom STIC knife – $100 Value
One guided striper fishing trip on Lake Buchanan for 2 (lodging not included) – $500 Value
One Whitetail Doe hunt on a private ranch near Mason, Texas – bow or rifle (lodging available) – $250 Value.

And please take the time to check out the many Friends of the NLDA who have so generously donated prizes for this worthy cause: Tri-Tronics, Wild Boar USA, Extreme Hog Hunter, Mud River and Gun Dog Supply.com.
DS Outlook Cover

Local magazine highlights Lacy history.

Article by Courtney Farris

National Lacy Dog Association

You won’t see them in the show ring, but people with roots in the Texas Hill Country know what they look like and what they are supposed to do, and have for over 100 years. The Lacy Dog, also known as the Blue Lacy or Lacy Hog Dog was created during the late 19th century to work free ranging hogs.

The Lacy family moved from Christian County, Kentucky, to a homestead in Marble Falls in 1858. The brothers were rock masons by trade and George Lacy owned Granite Mountain in Marble Falls which provided the granite used during the construction of the state capitol building in Austin.

The Lacys also raised hogs to supplement their income. During this time, Texans used hog dogs to round up wild range hogs that populated the Hill Country. The first hog dogs were usually hound crosses but the Lacy brothers created their own line of dogs to gather the family’s hogs and drive them to livestock markets in Austin. It appears they crossed an English Shepherd with a Greyhound and a wolf, resulting in a fast herding dog with the intense prey drive and fearlessness necessary for working dangerous hogs.

Also revered for their speed and intelligence the breed has become an all-around working dog for ranchers, cowboys, trappers and hunters. Though they can be trained to do almost anything, lacys make great hog dogs, cow dogs and trackers and most will make a serviceable tree dog. In fact, Lacys are gaining popularity in the West because of their versatility. A rancher can catch a mountain lion on Monday, check traps on Tuesday and push cows around on Wednesday. A hard-hunting dog capable of tracking a variety of predators is instrumental in keeping livestock safe from coyotes and big cats.

Compact and balanced, they are known for their unique blue coloration, though they can also be red or blue with tan points. In 2005, they were named the official State Dog of Texas and, given the tremendous impact the breed had on the Hill Country as well as the Lacy’s ties to the capitol building, they are Texas to the core.

Despite their high working drive and intense personalities, lacy dogs can be wonderful companions, as long as they are exercised and given a job to do. Like other working breeds, lacys require an experienced leader committed to their training and specific needs.

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Blood trailing workshop

The NLDA was once again in attendance at the LSBA 38TH Annual Awards Banquet on June 23, 2012 at the Brazos County Expo Complex.

The Blood Trailing Workshop covered topics such as Training techniques, mental conditioning, and Laying artificial trails. Participants were given the opportunity to work their dogs on an actual blood trail and visit the NLDA booth for information on memberships, the National Lacy Dog Registry, events, prizes, and merchandise.

Other events included snake avoidance, photo contest, special demonstrations, silent auction, and a 3D shoot.

We would like to thank the LSBA for providing us with a great venue and opportunity to reach out to the working & hunting dog community.

Blood trailing workshop

Chris Merworth and Daisy

NLDA at the Lone Star Bowhunters Association Expo

Fred works with Slate

About 2 dozen people and dogs gathered for the NLDA’s first tracking challenge and field day event of 2012.

The weather was nearly perfect for the weekend’s events. After the trials, participants were able to enjoy a delicious lunch and share stories.

Other events included snake avoidance training, trapping, and hog baying.

As always, new friends were made and the bar was set for future NLDA tracking events. We are grateful to everyone who joined us. The success of the NLDA depends upon the gracious support of the working dog community. We strive to provide activities for skilled dogs and their owners to partake in and be recognized for exceptional performance.

Results of the tracking challenge:

Junior Tracker

1st – Ron Jones & Allison
Score 93.0
Time 1m 56s

2nd – Arnie Alexander & Slate
Score 75.0
Time 6m 37s

3rd – Jimmy Brooks & Gracy
Score 67.0
Time 6m 47s

Senior Tracker

1st – Jamie Wilhelm & Rein
Score 100
Time 3m 13s

2nd – Robby Leek & Colt
Score 58
Time 12m 26s

Master Tracker

1st – Ron Jones & Allison
Score 92
Time 4m 02s

2nd – Betty Leek & Lucy
Score 90
Time 7m 33s

3rd – Marty Thomas & Bagley
Score 82
Time 6m 30s

4th- Jim Rogers & Stormy
Score 72
Time 12m 20s

5th- Robby Leek & Ben
Score 72
Time 13m 06s

Lucy and 2nd place Ribbon for the Master Trail

Blue Lacy Calendar

2012 Lacy Dog calendars are here! Thanks to everyone who submitted images for our consideration. It was difficult to choose 12 pictures out of all the great entries we received. Get your copy today at the National Lacy Dog Association online store! NLDA Calendars and cards make great gifts for the holidays!

Tick woods

Don’t let disease-carrying ticks bug you this Summer.

This is the time of year when dog owners start asking lots of questions about flea and tick control.

Having lived in the Midwest for awhile with two active lacy dogs I can attest that ticks are an epidemic up here. Every morning after we’ve been outside, I pick all of the ticks I see off the dogs. After our evening walk I, once again, thoroughly pick ticks off the dogs and then the couch and no matter how many I get there is always at least one more.

Spot treatments, sprays, baths…these products are toxic and they don’t seem to reduce the amount of ticks I see every day. Spot treatments like Frontline claim to kill ticks that crawl on your dog within 12-24 hours but by the time the pesticides have done their job, the tick has already had a chance to bite and begin feeding on your dog. So while it seems these products prevent ticks from reproducing in the house or kennel, they do little to prevent the transfer of tick borne diseases.
As far as repellents for dogs, natural methods include external application of food grade-diatomaceous earth, cedarcide, and powdered sulfur. DE works mechanically by scratching away the insect’s exoskeleton but it is reportedly more useful as a yard or kennel treatment since it isn’t necessarily fast acting and the sulfur method has a really unpleasant scent to humans.

The use of Cedarcide, derived from cedar tree oil, seems to be growing in popularity among pet owners and families with young children.  Cedarcide is available is many forms to make treatment easy and effective. Visit The Cedarcide Store at http://www.cedarcidestore.com for a list of products.

I read where Consumer Reports recently tested insect repellents for humans and in their test, two Deet-free products worked as well as Deet-based products.

And the top 5 were:

Off Deep Woods Sportsmen II
Cutter Backwoods Unscented
Off FamilyCare Smooth & Dry
3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent 8
Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus

The Repel product is simply Lemon Eucalyptus oil which, though it has a slightly greasy feel, smells delightfully like citronella. After a little research I found that, for years, people have been using lemon eucalyptus essential oil mixed with olive oil or some other inert base as mosquito and tick repellent. I sprayed some of the Repel brand on the dogs and, after a romp in the grassy field behind the house, I searched and found….no ticks! Surly it can’t work that well! There’s always at least one tick!

The only problem I have encountered with the spray is the dogs apparently hate the smell and will try like mad to rub it off, often rubbing it right into the carpet or couch cushions. At least it seems the oil-based product is sticky enough to stay on their coat.

With the dry conditions back in Texas I hope most of you enjoy a mostly tick and flea free summer but remember, dog owners do have alternative choices when it comes to pest prevention.

The National Lacy Dog Association would like to thank the Lone Star Bowhunter’s Association for allowing us to take an active role in the LSBA 37th Annual Awards Banquet at Pedrotti’s Ranch in Helotes, Texas.

The Blood Trailing Workshop was a huge success. Several dog/handler teams participated in the program which was designed to develop the tracking dog’s problem solving skills in wounded game recovery. Attendees were also able to ask questions and share stories and experiences throughout the day.

We also gave away some nice prizes in the charity raffle, including a two-dog E-collar system from Dogtra and an Innotek Invisible fence system donated by TexasBloodTrackers.com.
The banquet was a wonderful opportunity for the NLDA to educate the public about blood tracking, work with hunters and a variety of dog breeds, and catch up with old friends.

Thank you,

Courtney Farris

Trapper Jimmy Brooks

For the second year in a row, the National Lacy Dog Association was a Bonus Sponsor for the TDHA Hunt For The Hungry. The hunt was a huge success, bringing in 29,176 pounds of meat to feed needy Texans. We also had four NLDA members hunt with their Lacys as part of Team Pork Stars. Mike and Kas Brooks, DJ Middleton and Steve Williams caught an impressive 813 pounds of pork, earning them tenth place out of 68 teams.

The NLDA also took an active role in the Lone Star Hunting & Working Dog Expo. Our booth served as place for members to met while giving us the opportunity to educate the public on Lacy Dogs. Two members were also asked to give presentations in their area of expertise. President Jimmy Brooks put on a trapping demonstrations while Director Betty Leek held an informative seminar on raw feeding.

Thank you to all who supported these events. We hope to see everyone next year in Hallettsville for the 2011 Lone Star Expo and Hunt for the Hungry!

Listening to the experts during the cur dog herding demonstration

Robby Leek's Colt on cattle for the first time

Sadie, owned by Julie Neumann, learning to work cows

Betty Leek's Lucy and her son Brent Boswell's Blue

Lucy shows off her herding skills

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