Last week was the absolute friggin Kings Island roller coaster of owning beagles. It had more highs and lows than anyone could ever imagine. And when it when it was over, I ended up being more certain for the need to run dogs than ever before.
On Sunday, we had a 75th birthday party for the Old Man. And it was awesome. Friends and family came from near and far. Larry and Jackie Harrison came up from Charleston, WV. Mike and Dannie Vigar, with Jeff Kerns along came down from Marysville. Jeff and Patty Allen and the Schneiders came out. It was a great afternoon with lots of dog stories being shared.
Earlier last week, Jeff Allen and I ran dogs. When Jeff and I were catching dogs, we had three that hadn't come in yet. We called for a little bit, and I drug out my tracker. I couldn't find Jed anywhere. I jumped in my truck and drove around to the other side of the bean field. No luck. Then, the Old Man called and said he had three of my dogs and one of them had been hit and killed on the road. A woman had called him, he met her, and retrieved the dogs. Jeff's best young dog, Viper was killed about 400 yards from where we were running.
I sold Rambler this week. I have never sold a competition dog before. Good luck to Chad Jones. Some times you have to do what you think is best. Chad wanted a dog to put him at the top. Hopefully buying Rambler will do that. It was so difficult seeing him go, but even a dog like Rambler has a price.
In the middle of all this, I had a great talk with Jim Davis that I met at the Hunted Hare who is facing the fight of his life. I read an article in Woods-N-Water News that detailed our dogs being attacked and killed by wolves. I also shared some ideas about nose power with Keith on the Hunted Hare Forum. And I shared my wisdom ( I know wisdom--ha ha ha) about what trait is most important in beagles on Bev's Board, The American Beagler Forum.
Then on Sunday night, I got on River Bottom's Beagles site and read Tom's blog. It sent home the message once again, that in the end, beagling is all about the people. As much as we enjoy running hounds, the most enjoyment comes from the great people met along the way. Thanks to all for extending your friendship and especially to Mike and Dannie for telling me to get back on the computer and ramble on like I have since I started this website.