I walked out this morning to load the truck. I have been rotating my dogs all summer to make sure that all of them get their share of running. I was thinking about what needed run as I went out to the pens. None of the dogs have been run too much during the last week, so I knew they were all ready to go.
I put three on the leash and loaded them in the truck. I walked back to the pen, and grabbed three more. I loaded them and walked out to one of my big ground pens and looked at the young males. They all seemed anxious to go. I caught three more and headed for the truck. I loaded them, started for the house, and then decided to go back out and just empty the pen. I figured I should just fill the truck.
I went in the house and got Carter out of bed. In a few minutes we were headed outside of Laurelville to a huge clearcut. We had to make a stop on the way for some breakfast, but eventually we got to the running spot.
It took a bit to get all the dogs collared up, but they jumped a rabbit real quick and the chase was on. Having eleven dogs loose gave us plenty to listen to. They ran well with several chases lasting for quite a while. The young dogs held their own, starting rabbits and getting some checks. It was a great morning and the truck full of dogs made some good music this morning.
I ran Chip, Gypsy, Ob, Butcher, Trick, David, Dennis, Silly, Billy, Cole, and Kurly.