|Logan Elm Black Butcher|
Driving home tonight about 10:30 after running 17 hours the last three nights, I thought about the dogs' performance. The running has been fast and furious in thick, briar covered clearcuts. It has been hilly and in some places very steep. Nothing has been easy about the last three nights.
I ran the same six dogs all three nights and tonight the dogs started slow and once the jumped a rabbit, they settled in quick and ran like they meant it. It doesn't take long to take off the edge when dogs start out tired.
Gypsy jumped the first rabbit and started out strong, but she faded fast. She still is not over raising a litter of 7 pups that are just now turning 9 weeks old. She can check like always, but her drive and stamina isn't back yet. I know I need to breed my best female, but it sure is tough not having her to run. And anyone who has raised pups knows it take a while (seems like forever) to get a female back in shape after a litter.
Butcher jumped the last rabbit of the night. He went up about 200 yards in a clearcut by himself and busted out with a rabbit. At 13 months old he was the youngest of the six dogs. I am not sure how he learned to hunt by himself because he has never been soloed. Hhhhmmm, maybe a dog bred to hunt can learn to hunt in a pack. :)
Of the six dogs I ran, I was most pleased with Butcher because of his drive and stamina. The trait I value the most is grit. I absolutely can't stand a quitter. At the end of three hard nights of running, he was still on his toes and wanting more. With that kind of grit and jumping the last rabbit, I am sure he will get it.