Greetings from David, Marlene and Karissa Groves, or what we call Buffalo Groves Bloodhound Ranch!
We are here to help you learn about Bloodhounds - Bloodhound History, Bloodhound Health, Bloodhound Standards, Bloodhound Puppies, and so much more!
We aren't the biggest Bloodhound Breeder (or Buffalo Ranch) and that's okay, we are quality over quantity, and love educating & advocating for Purebred Bloodhounds!
K9 Deputy Radar started out as "Yellow Boy". He was one of the snuggliest puppies with one of the most beautiful headpieces. But a successful working bloodhound needs certain things and early on this puppy demonstrated them:
- Great Physical Structure (seen standing & moving)
- Curious & Confidence (never shy & never fearful)
- Nosey beyond nosey (always using his nose)
About 3 weeks old and already showing off his structure along with his sniffing and trailing ability!
4 weeks will walk on any/all surfaces(tile, carpet, wood, metal, straw, cardboard, dirt, grass, gravel).
6.5 weeks showing rear use and a handlers view.
6.5 weeks showing nose use and finding the kibble!
7 weeks and such presence/structure - wow!
Elbert County Sheriff Office Deputy K9 Radar!
10 weeks and a stunning bloodhound head!
Radar was seen by some of the area professional dog show handlers who really wanted this puppy to train for dog showing... But Radar's destiny was predetermined to be the legendary and amazing ManTracking Bloodhound that he is!
At about 9 weeks old Radar went to his new home with Reserve Deputy Frank Hurst and began his weekly training. Basically short puppy runaway trails and fun things to get him to learn the game of Hide & Seek. He loved it and began to excel at it.
He become Elbert County Sheriff Deputy K9 Radar and then worked his first official trail at about 6 months of age and he rocked it.
Bloodhound ManTrackers was formed in 2015/2015 by Frank Hurst, Brian Eberle (and Marlene Groves). Created to help provide proven bloodhounds for law enforcement. Radar benefited from the combined bloodhound training and trailing experience of legendary law enforcement people such as Bloodhound Handler Al Nelson.
Over the years Radar worked over a hundred cases through Bloodhound ManTrackers and assisting over 50 different law enforcement agencies. He has been a hero working behind the scenes solving major crimes and has found forensic evidence in most Colorado cases. He is a Decomposition Detection K9 Member of NecroSearch International (which works human remains cases) and serves NecMec (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) and the FBI (which works very extreme cases). Besides the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Radar has had credentials via the Elizabeth Fire District and is currently a K9 Officer with the Elizabeth Police Department.
As an adult working bloodhound he was a near perfect example of what a working bloodhound mantracker (or if you prefer bloodhound mantrailer) should be... structurally strong... mentally sound... confident in any environment (from super high altitudes, to riding in helicopters, to being in aggressive and/or threatening situations)... and of course, he was/is more than driven to "find 'em"...
Radar has a fabulous home life too. He lives as a beloved family pet, sleeps on beds, goes on normal family outings, has doggie siblings along with human grandkids playing with him. He gets treats, snuggles great medical care and is loved and cherished. Ps - He adores his handler/partner/daddy (Frank Hurst)!
Over the years we have shared in awe and pure wonderment of this fabulous bloodhound! We have heard stories like how he was called out as a young dog, in a blizzard, to find an elderly senior with dementia. His handler was a bit nervous as this was the type of case his first retired bloodhound (Red) was experienced at. Radar answered the call and found the senior, saving a precious life that night.
Radar was nominated by the Department of Justice for his important help in solving a tough case. The nomination resulted in him receiving the 2016 AKC Ace Award for Uniformed Service. (Radar was also a 2015 Honorable Mention for the AKC Ace Award.) As his breeders, believe us when we say this honor tops any dog show ribbon (period)!
Radar continued doing his stellar casework and represent the bloodhound breed. In his mind he was really just trailing, doing what he was bred to do and what he loved! Radar also received the Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary service from the American Bloodhound Club and locally he received the Public Safety Community Service Award. Both are great honors!
When out of uniform Radar is just a big beautiful bloodhound boy, (who looks like his mama Sassy)!
Watching Radar is like watching living or working art. His strong agile body drive on, going after a scent, operating with focus and purpose, but also with flow and ease. His muscles all engaged, maneuvering his large body, his long neck in use, his head in motion so that his ears sweep the scent... No denying he in on the trail. He's magnificent!
We thank Radar's parents (Sassy & Sebastian), for creating this phenomenal bloodhound. We also thank his handler Frank for all his love, care and training to help him be the best that he is! We are so blessed to be his breeders! Here's to K9 Radar!
We think Bloodhounds are Wonderful Family Pets and they Enjoy doing Therapy Work and Public Education, can be Successful Show Dogs and are Amazing Working K9's!