Did you ever notice how a dog can go along for a while, just doing ok, and then suddenly step it up? It's like somebody flipped a switch and bang, a dog can make a huge jump. When it happens, it seems like it always catches you by surprise. After running a few times though, it is so obvious you can't miss it.
Usually it starts with more jumps. All the sudden a dog starts to jump a lot more rabbits. You hear him open and you know the chase it on. In just a matter of a couple of weeks, you start to expect it. Even though beagles are aggravation champions, this one makes you smile every time out.
Then you start to notice him on checks. In just a few weeks, you keep hearing him get more and more checks when a race gets quiet. Any time you think it might be the end of a chase, he gets a check and keeps the race going. He is the dog that works out the tough ones that no one else can get, and races out of the quick ones making the pack hustle to get back in.
Before long, he becomes the anchor of the pack. He owns the race and the other dogs know it. They seem to figure out that he is the show. It's like he becomes the big dog of the kennel and everyone else is just trying to compete.
Since the first of August, Chip has taken over my pack. He has made it fun to run every time out. He looked great when he was young, but hit a flat spot. I was concerned that he would never get it back and become the dominant dog. I had been seeing some really good things, but when he jumped five rabbits tonight, I knew without a doubt, he made it.
Tonight it was 48 degrees. I ran Chip, Gypsy, Tony, Lim, Jed, and Cole.