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, February 3, 2014

One Day Later and Winter is Back

Ob Heads Down the Lane
Twenty miles southeast of me got six inches of snow last night. Twenty miles southwest of me got less than an inch. Naturally we traveled southwest to run today. Although the spots in that area aren't quite as good as going the other direction, the weather dictated where we ran.

Surprisingly, the rabbits were out pretty good today. With this rollercoaster of a winter the running has been absolutely impossible to predict. Days when you think it will be good have sometimes proven frustrating. Other days when you go mostly just to get out of the house have turned out great. 

The Old Man and I ran two spots today and both are much more open that where we usually run. The dogs were a little wider and definitely enjoyed some wide open running. There was just enough fresh snow for good running, but not so much as to slow down the rabbits. 

The pack today was all broke dogs with comparable ability. The competition was stiff with a lot of dogs getting checks and running the front. This was the third day in a row for my dogs with two hard days this weekend. Getting all these hours after some days off definitely paid off with dogs looking a little better each day.

Although we weren't judging, choosing a winner would have been very difficult even if we tried. The dogs are close enough in ability that all of them helped the races. Separating them would have just been a matter of preference, depending on the style of running that we prefer. Even though winter was back today, it was a great day to be out.

I ran Butcher, Chip, Gypsy, Jed, and Ob. The Old Man ran Hot Head, Dixie, and Tony. It was 24° and mostly cloudy with slight winds.

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