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 . . .

Monday, November 4, 2013

Another Level

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.


  1. Chip has always been my favorite of your males. When I watched him, his mind was always, always,always on the rabbit. Go Red Dog !

  2. Thanks Ray ( I think). As you know, I don't really like red dogs, but I sure like Chip. I am going to have to be careful or I am going to end up with a red dog kennel.

  3. Chip,Rambler, Logan Elm Red Lucy (Mother of Gypsy and Hot Head), Branko's KY Red Sam-Pson (Grand Sire to Rocky And Willie). Can you have success if there is no RED DOG involved ????? LOL

    1. Hhhhmmmm . . . I guess not. :)

    2. He looked good both rds I judged him sat.
      Andy Canterbury

  4. Thanks Andy. He has had his ups and downs. I am just glad to see him running at hunts like he can.

  5. Nice looking dog, I don't get why you don't like red dogs. j. bennett

  6. Thanks for the comment. I like this red dog. :)

    I really like the way tricolor dogs with a wide white color (the traditional beagle) look the best. I really don't keep dogs based on color though.