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 . . .

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I Don't Want a Pack Like the Lakers

The first hour the dogs ran great and I was so proud. Rambler jumped the first rabbit and it was off to the races.  The dogs were pounding and the rabbits were running for their lives.  It was a nonstop scream.

Then, the second hour it was like the Los Angeles Lakers when Kobe scores 40 points.  He looks great but the team loses.  Gypsy outscored the rest of the pack.  She got check after check, but the running sucked.  She was picking out checks on a snowy hillside while the rest of the dogs mostly watched.

How did I go from six dogs pounding a rabbit, with very few checks to one dog hacking away keeping the chases alive?  Conditions didn't change.  It was the same place and the same dogs.  What was going on?

Then, like flipping a switch, Chip jumped a rabbit and the race was on.  The running was fast and furious with few checks and a lot of long drives.  They ran the last 3 hours like I hoped they would.  All the dogs got checks.  All the dogs pounded the rabbit and got some of the front.

The lesson--the pack is a lot better when everyone on the team is scoring.  It's not a team or teamwork when one individual does all the scoring.  The Lakers usually lose when Kobe scores all their points.  Everyone else stands around and they lose in the end.  For a pack/team to be successful, all the dogs must contribute to the success.

I can't help but wonder though, what in the heck was that mess in the middle of the day and how can I make sure it never happens again?    :)

I ran Chip, Gypsy, Rambler, Tony, Butcher, and Jake.  It was 27 degrees and snowed a little throughout the day.

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