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 . . .

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Visitor From North Carolina

Lewis Smith came up and ran with us last night.  As always, we had good running and a good time.  I met him several years ago when he bred a Paycheck female to Neal.  He raised one of the best pups I have seen out of Neal.  Now as an older dog, Butch is one tough rabbit hound.

Last summer when Lewis came up, he brought me a pup out of Butch.  He was a big, fat, long eared black and tan pup that was as friendly as he could be.  I had been telling Lewis about Butcher for some time, and by he end of the night he showed why.  He has great hunt and speed, and the grit that the Paycheck dogs are known for.  Although he is on 14 months old, he acts like a broke rabbit hound.

The old man beat up on us last night.  We went to a spot where he runs 4 - 5 times a week and Hot Head kept us in rabbits.  I think they had every rabbit numbered.  Every time a chase ended, the old man would say, well there's a rabbit over there.  He would start Hot Heat that way, and in a minute he would be running.

Although Butch and Butcher  and the rest of the dogs ran well last night, it's hard to beat a dog with home court advantage. The next time we run, I am going to go somewhere else so that Lewis and I have a fair chance.  We had a good time, but we can't stand to let the old man win too often.

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