(Ed. note: The "lost" is found!)
"Tell"is one of these dogs born with a special talent of service to mankind. Adept,at many things,and especially in the field of his breed's natural work as a gun dog,the alert dog is what his originators sought...one that could put more meat on the table. In official dog circles he is labeled as Casar Von Gaiburg, an Imported Weimaraner of a deep gun metal blue gray coat color. To dozens of police officials,he is tabbed as the wonder dog that will find anything if left alone to do it. When Weimaraners got a foot hold in America and William A. (Bill) Olson, of Minneapolis, long devotee of the German Short Haired Pointer, was one to help with the new breed that might be his field dog answer. Some of the breed he had from American breeders, but he wanted the best for hunting. Capt. Harry Holt, then with the Army and long a figure to be reckoned with when it came to hunting dogs, picked up a few of the "Gray Ghosts" for Bill.
A TERRIFIC TRAILER..
In the number was "Tell" ,a terrific trailer with a superlative nose.The breed had a more or less hidden reputation for police assistance in tracking missing persons, either criminals or purely lost individuals. In America, Ken Brown's "Tammie" had found a few, and the almost psychic "Diana" Had proved the Weimaraners was "it" if trained. Into the picture came Bill Olson's "Tell", handled by Jack Hatfield, also of Minneapolis, to prove the star of the lot and to show that, given a modicum of schooling and faith by the handler, the breed could find them. "Lend us your dog, we have a missing person" came over the phone to Bill Olson, either at his Minneapolis home , or at his Brown Derby Cafe. Business of Bill locating Jack Hatfield to get "Tell"and take the dog to work. Never was a call for help from the police refused.In most cases , Olson or Hatfield provided even their own transportation; But, in others the handler and the dog were taken sometimes by plane,as searches even took them as far as Iowa. "Tell" didn't always find the missing persons in time to save lives,because,as is police won't, dogs... even in this case of official state police Bloodhounds...are regrettably called as a last resort when trails are cold and publicly trampled. However, on 16 cases that we can authenticate from newspaper and police records,the dog laid the trail directly to where the missing person was found.
RIGHT TO THE CELL
Sometimes he did city trails, over concrete and car tracks and other hazards that were as much as 42 hours old.Once he proved his nose to take the right elevator and to the right floor and directly to the cell of a man he had helped run down 42 hours after the man had been locked up. In many instances he went home in disgust because police or his handler felt he wasn't right ,and each time the finale proved the dog had traced steps correctly. Wooded trails,even in the worst of going,were nothing to the gallant dog which,once sold on a trail ,would carry though anything. Even trails nine and ten days old proved no handicap to the super nose to this amazing dog.Always the trail laid by "Tell" wound up as the line followed by a missing person. Given an even break in solving a case, the Olson-Hatfield pride will come out with a right answer in nothing flat, according to the police and dog authorities that have seen this uncanny Weimaraner work.
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