Both of these questions relate to the first part of my story and have been stumping me for months. Aside from Google, asking anyone relevant in my life (there are a few) and looking through the tags in this community I haven't exactly found the answers I am looking for.
The first question I have is in colder temperatures does blood stay red and pink longer or does it turn to that rust color after a while like it does in mild or warm temperatures? I want the bear to have died several hours before she finds him and I just need to know if the color will be tipping her off at all.
The second is if both the main character and her partner leave the sleds should they tether the dogs? The dogs are freaked out and so is my main character since they sense that there is something horribly, horribly wrong happening but I'm not sure if people do things like hobble or tether sled dogs when they're still strapped in or if the dogs are expected to behave well enough to stay. I'd like the main character to have to approach on foot (since from her position she can't see the bear's carcass) but I feel like maybe getting close by herself would be stupid. Only if I were in this situation I would be afraid the dogs would bolt if I left them alone.
So... any helpers out there? :D