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SPICEWOOD — Belle is a new mom, proud of her seven blue Lacy pups. As her owner, Lauri Lowry, shows off the five male and two female puppies to a neighbor, Belle can hardly contain her excitement as she licks the pups’ squinty faces.

But when Lauri picks up the newborns, and her husband, Shane Lowry, grabs a collar and lead, Belle’s attention quickly turns to playtime

“In the offseason, we just run them,” said Shane, who trains his dogs to be hunting partners that can track game animals hundreds of yards away. “We let them run beside my four-wheeler, we play with them, do mock trails, exercise them.”

During hunting season, hunters call on Shane and his tracking dogs to track wounded deer that might otherwise never be found.

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