Rancho Fiasco Working Terriers

We have a lot of requests for a website and this seems like the next best thing. We will post information about happenings around Rancho Fiasco including hunting stories, litters, pictures of some of our terriers and various trials and events we participate in.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Shock @ 4 Months

She is coming along nicely. High hopes for a great little hunt terrier.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Killer Raccoons Terrorize Olympia, Washington

Now Where is Gunner When I Need Him?

(AP) OLYMPIA, Washington A fierce group of raccoons has killed 10 cats, attacked a small dog and bitten at least one pet owner who had to get rabies shots, residents of Olympia say. Some have taken to carrying pepper spray to ward off the masked marauders and the woman who was bitten now carries an iron pipe when she goes outside at night."It's a new breed," said Tamara Keeton, who with Kari Hall started a raccoon watch after an emotional neighborhood meeting drew 40 people. "They're urban raccoons, and they're not afraid."Tony Benjamins, whose family lost two cats, said he got a big dog -- a German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix -- to keep the raccoons away.One goal of the patrol is to get residents to stop feeding raccoons and to keep pets and pet food indoors.Lisann Rolle said she began carrying an iron pipe when she goes outside at night after being bitten by raccoons when she tried to pull three of them off her cat Lucy. She obtained rabies shots afterward as a precaution."I was watching her like a hawk, but she snuck out," Rolle said. "Then I heard this hideous sound -- a coyote-type high pitch ... It was vicious. They were focused on ripping her apart."The attacks have been especially shocking because raccoons came within five feet of cats without any problem in previous years, Benjamins said."We used to love the raccoons. They'd have their babies this time of year, and they were so cute. Even though we lived in the city, it was neat to have wildlife around," he said, "but this year, things changed. They went nuts."In one case five raccoons tried to carry off a small dog, which managed to survive.The attacks, all within a three-block area near the Garfield Nature Trail in Olympia, are highly unusual, said Sean O. Carrell, a problem wildlife coordinator with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, adding that trappers may be summoned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove problem animals."I've never heard a report of 10 cats being killed. It's something were going to have to monitor," Carrell said.Meanwhile, residents have hired Tom Brown, a nuisance wildlife control operator from Rochester, Washington, to set traps, but in six weeks he has caught only one raccoon. He and Carrell said raccoons teach their young -- and each other -- to avoid traps.Brown said he had seen packs of raccoons this big but none so into killing."They are in command up there," he said.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hunt Season Is Almost Here In the Rockies

This will be a short note to encourage you who hunt to get your terriers out for some serious exercise and training. In this photo, an old terrier of mine is checking out an artificial earth that I dug into our property. Getting to work a coon or fox here in the artificial earth is like putting a sharp edge on your shovel before you go out for a hunt. A lot of people have mixed feelings about this but I can tell you that in this controlled environment, we have introduced dozens of new terriers to hunting and quarry over the years. It is a good tool. We have no groundhogs here in the Rockies so most of our hunting involved travel or waiting until Fall.