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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 . . .

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Next Generation

Did you ever notice how the next generation is what keeps us going? Old Joe can go out and do what he always does, jumping rabbits and getting checks and we just expect it. It's no big deal. Let little Squeaky, the pup get one little quick check and we are ready to celebrate. I am not sure why but there is something really special about watching a young dog that you raised start to get some work done.

Lately I have been running Will and Cole, two young dogs out of Logan Elm Hot Head and Fox Creek's Blue Belle. In all honesty, I don't really know for sure how good they will be. They look like they have some potential, but they might both be long gone a year from now. Each time I run them though, I see a little something I like.

I think this is what keeps all beaglers going. It's not so much what our dogs do, it's the hopes for what lies ahead. It starts with planning a cross and figuring out what will work. Then the pups are born and we watch them from the first day. Once the pups are walking around the box, we start to pick out our favorite. When the pups are weaned we watch them wrestle and play.

A few months later, the pups start to run. Those first few barks on the track let us know the future is getting closer. Then they are running and we take them to the woods the first few times. That's when it gets most exciting for me. Each time out all I have to see is a little something special and I can hope and dream.

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