> Project/Question: Did "police"/military in the Middle Ages use dogs
for this sort of thing? Are we talking about search and rescue,
tracking criminals, finding contraband, other?
I think the answer to this question begins with the answer to "Who were
- Knights, retainers, soldiers of the nobles and lords? -They definitely
tracked animals other than man...
Dogs are mention as being taken on military campaign by nobles but I
don't recall if purpose was specified.
A good research topic.
> Although, going back to our goal of greater periodness, what about the
> timekeeping? Can we find a way to keep score without needing a bunch
> of anachronistic chronometers? Less emphasis on time, more emphasis
> on a "clean" run? Bonus points for taking harder obstacles? A system
> of collecting "prey" hidden among the obstacles with points for each
> "rat" bagged?
I am sure we can. I was thinking of allowing repeated attempts until
success for any given obstacle or a time penalty for skipping
unsuccessfully (owners option) Anything beyond a pass or fail call
starts to be a lot of opinion based calls on the honor of the judges. I
start to compare stopwatches with the lure chasing equipment with the
stop watch coming out on top, but then I start to feel like I am
defending it....-Not so much. I have done research of timekeeping
devices in the past and found nothing like a stop watch..........OOOH!
Just this mid sentence! A water clock spilling into a calibrated
cylinder and stopped with the finger!- usually they just dripped-very
slowly. Can't prove they were used in a stop watch way but it would
demonstrate period technology, or a minimally modified version of it for
the purpose we need. Time keeping issues may be why period coursing
pitted one dog against another. Please wright down any specific ideas
you have and post or keep them handy for when we start planning
something. As I see it your idea is a superb one. The devil will be in
the workability of the details.