I got an email from Don Bronchik recently that made my day. He sent this picture of a pup he bought last year.
He said, This is the dog I bought from you in early spring of 2013. She is quite the dog as in the last 3 trips she has retrieved 6 bunnies. He goes on to say . . . great nose, no bad habits, she is a fine dog.
My dad started taking me rabbit hunting before I was old enough to carry a gun. Through all of my life, we have continued to hunt. We also have been going to beagle competitions for almost all of this time. When it comes to thinking about crosses and dogs down the road though, hunting comes first.
I have never kept a gun shy dog and I won't. I hate dogs that do not hunt and dogs that cause the pack to lose rabbits. This goes back to all those hunting trips in my life. Nothing makes me crazier than needing a rabbit to run and having a dog stand by me. And when the rabbit is up, I sure don't want some idiot causing a loss before the dogs get it circled back.
This is why this email meant so much. When I see a picture of a dog from our kennel that is making a great gundog, I know we are on the right track. Anyone who knows me knows that I am super competitive and love beagle field trials. Bottom line though--hunting comes first!
Thanks Don for sharing a great picture!