|The Winter That Just Won't Let Go|
It's a little weird, but I almost hate to see the ARHA Little Pack World come this year. I have been pounding the same five dogs for the last couple of months. The crazy weather conditions and growing pains (ability wise) of Kurly has driven me a little nuts at times. Plus, getting the old dogs in top form is always a challenge.
As I ran yesterday though, I realized how easy running has become. The dogs are tuned. When you turn them lose they get gone and jump a rabbit. They are on their toes and full of energy. They are running as a team without distraction. They run like they mean it, driving out checks and pursuing with the intent to catch. When they hole a rabbit, they come in like they should.
Today, Kurly jumped the first rabbit. Chip got the first check. Then Gypsy, Butcher and Ob got a check. I was running five dogs and all five scored before another dog scored. Then Butcher got another check, and then Kurly, and so it went all day.
After the World it all changes. I will get the young dogs and pups back out. I am sure they will throw in a few challenges, both with handling and running. The easy days like yesterday will be gone for a while. Although I am excited to see how my young dogs progress, I know there will be plenty of pot holes in the road, but I can't wait to pound them.
It's always exciting to see who can rise to the next level. I will be running Trick, Dennis, David, Cole, Billy, Silly, Jimmy, and Fury. It will be interesting to see who will still be around in the fall. In the mean time though, there's this thing called the World Hunt with about 700 dogs waiting.
Today I ran Chip, Ob, Kurly, Gypsy, and Butcher.