There is nothing like running on a rainy evening, especially when there is an umbrella hanging in a tree. Last night I went down to one of my favorite clearcuts. The dogs jumped the first rabbit in just a couple of minutes and the race was on. The conditions were good with heads up running. For a while the dogs were crossing an open woods going from one section to another.
I have noticed lately how much easier it is for the dogs when I just run my own dogs. They all know each other and have spent endless hours together. The dogs don't feel as pressured and get into a groove quicker. They trust each other more and respond quickly to packmates.
Running with other people and their dogs, sometimes the dogs are better, sometimes they are worse, but they are always different. The dogs all have to adjust to each other. Even if they have run together many times, there is not the trust and dependency that dogs learn when they live and run together day after day. I think this is why dogs might look better, or the running might be better, when an owner takes just his own pack.
This is not to say that I always want to, or should run by myself. It's always fun to run with other people, and it probably helps the dogs to have to adjust to different dogs. It also helps get a measure of how well my dogs are running. This happened a week ago when a bunch of guys got the pleasure of seeing a couple of my young dogs stink it up a couple of times. I knew for sure that I hadn't been running enough.
I ran about four hours last night. I would love to have those conditions all the time. It is just hard to beat 58° with a slow easy rain. The dogs like it, the rabbits run good, and I can just hide out under my umbrella. What made it even better is the last chase lasted about an hour when they jumped the Amazing Super Rabbit.
I ran Butcher, Rep, Chip, Jed, Curly, and Rambler.