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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, February 10, 2013

Will That Dog be a Winner?

I went down to a big clearcut in Vinton County and ran with Tony Upton today.  He ran his three young males, Squirt Gun, Shot Gun, and Tiny.  They are all about 2 1/2 years old and have been trialed a little but not hard.  At different times throughout the day I saw each do some really good work.

As I watched them, I couldn't help but wonder about their future.  I had seen each at a few hunts, but this was my first chance to really see them run.  Tony has had a lot of good dogs and knows how to get the most out a dog.  I know these dogs will get the running and training they need to reach their potential.  But what is their potential?

I guess this is the question that haunts us all.  We start some pups, hoping they will be the next World Champions.  We put hour after hour into them.  We celebrate when they get a good jump and find a hard check.  We pull our hair out and say a few choice words when they decide they like deer better than rabbits.

We know every pup we start won't be that incredible, once in a life time, never to be forgotten, jump every rabbit, and get every check allstar.  But we sure hope that they will.  Every time we take them out of the truck after a day in the field, we think about their day and either feel proud or aggravated.

I guess all we can do is hope, and run, and run, and run, and run.  Then, with a whole lot of luck, just maybe one of our pups will be the next world beater.

I ran Chip, Rambler, Gypsy, and Rep.

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