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 . . .

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Running and Running and Running

Dogs Coming in
With Tracker Lights Shining
Every so often I do this. I start running and keep running way past what is reasonable. A couple of years ago I ran Neal and Jed 53 out of 59 days. The only reason they got a rest was so they could recuperate to go to Michigan and run hare for a week. The funny thing is that I don't really plan it. I just start running and then I run day after day, night after night.

When this happens, I run every day and I run longer. I don't plan to stay out, but the dogs demand it. They start to get into a groove and the running gets better after a few days. The good dogs take over and settle into themselves. There is no excess energy. There are less and less problems until there are none. It just gets better and better.

The pups only go every other day in the beginning. Then they start to sort themselves. Lately Cole has begun to demand more time. He keeps running more track and even when it's time to go home, he is full of energy. A few fall away.  Trick injured his shoulder and is out for a while. A young female came in heat so she is up for a month. Meanwhile, Cole and Billy are getting all they can stand and more.

Running like this is hard on the dogs. Jed just wants me to go away. He is sick of me and running. He aches all over and can hardly walk, but I load him every night. Butcher is running great but looks like someone took a hammer to his head. But it hasn't slowed him down. Chip and Gypsy are killing the other dogs. They keep running and running way past where everybody else wants it.

One thing I know from experience, when this come to an end, some dogs will come to the top. There may be a dog or two that finds a home somewhere else. In the end though, nothing beats running when it comes to finding out what's in your kennel. I am definitely getting a good look.

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