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, March 1, 2014

A Good Day for Gregg

Gregg McGuire and Dolly
(aka Logan Elm Hot Shot)
The Old Man, Gregg, and I went down to Ironton, Ohio for their ARHA Little Pack hunt today. We hadn't been down there for a while and it was sure great to see everyone and hang out at their club. This club has great members with a lot of hospitality for everyone. They also have a good crew of judges which makes it so much easier to have a hunt.

Gregg ran Pepper and Dolly and both made it to the Open Class finals. Pepper finished 2nd (congrats to Dave and Mike Harr on their win) which qualifies her for the ARHA World Hunt next month. Gregg's son, Matt will be running her at the World. Dolly was 4th which gave her the points she needed to become a Little Pack Champion.

I ran Kurly at his first hunt today. He is only 16 months old which is much younger than I usually run dogs at hunts. He got beat but he looked good (if that is possible when you lose). He was a little tentative at first, but quickly got his feet under him and was running real well at the end. I am anxious to give him another shot next weekend.

Running conditions were strange today. None of the casts pounded. It seemed like scenting conditions were tough for all the dogs. A huge storm is predicted starting tonight and for the next couple of days. Freezing rain and up to 10 inches of snow is in the forecast. It seemed like the rabbits could sense the changes ahead and just wouldn't get up and run like usual.

Today was a great day spent with good friends having a good time. It was a beagle field trial with sportsmanship and camaraderie. Congrats to my brother, Gregg and thanks to all the guys at the Ironton club for a good time!

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