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 . . .

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Chip Becomes a Grand Champion

About 18 months ago Larry Harrison sent a young dog up from West Virginia. He was showing a lot of potential and Larry wanted to see him get to the hunts. Fast forward to today and Odell's Chocolate Chip got his fifth champion win at Pike County Beagle Club this afternoon to earn the title of Grand Champion. He had two wins here, two at Chillicothe, and one at Jackson.

Chip is out of Logan Elm Neal X Licking River Little Misty. I raised two pups out of this litter but neither made the cut. I was extremely happy to get Chip and have a chance to see what kind of rabbit hound he would mature in to. After many hours in the field and a year and a half later, I can honestly say he is the dog I never leave home without.

I appreciate Larry's thoughtfulness for two reasons. He gave me the chance to get to run a dog every day that makes the pack better by being there. He jumps a lot of rabbits and runs a rabbit the way I like. Larry also gave Chip the chance to become successful at the hunts. He saw the potential in Chip and wanted him to have the opportunity to compete.

LP Grand Champion Odell's Chocolate Chip


  1. I know of no one who puts more trainings hours into their dogs as you do. And, if a hound doesn't "make the cut" he was given every chance. And, if he does "make the cut" he is no doubt Special. I always thought Chip has that rare gift to stay focused on running the rabbit no matter what is happening around him. And he obviouslly has the tools to run one. Congrats on your new Grand.
    Ray Smalley

  2. Thanks Ray! I really do appreciate the kind words but I can't take much credit with Chip. He has always been easy. I think that is why he is one of my all time favorite dogs even if he does have a deep brown tone to his coat (deep, deep brown but not red). :)