It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Running After a Rain

It rained off and on all day today.  That hasn't happened in a while, so it was great to finally get some rain.  It never rained hard, or a lot, but it was at least enough to give everything a good soak.

I took the males and headed for Farmer's just before dark.  I went back the lane almost to the parking spot when a rabbit crossed in front of me.  I thanked him for volunteering for a chase and he helped me have a good start to the night.  He stayed up for about 20 minutes and helped the young males get some of the kinks out.

The question of the day--would you rather have young dogs that are full of fire, roughing up the chase, but getting a lot of work done or young dogs that settle into the chase, don't cause problems and fit into the pack?

Rambler, Rep, and Butcher seem almost like a repeat of a few years ago when I was first running Neal and Jed.  They were big on accomplishment but also kept the water stirred up and a little muddy at times.  We'll see where this new bunch ends up.

I ran Chip, Rambler, Butcher, Rep, and Dissident.  Chip started at least 3 chases.

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