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 . . .

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sure and Steady or Full of Flash

Logan Elm Obstruction
Today I ran with Jeff Allen and Delbert Erb. We ran at Jeff's lease for close to 6 hours and had some real good chases. The last hour was especially good with dogs hammering across the hollow on this big hillside clearcut. A lot of dogs contributed to the day and it was a great way to spend the day. We had a good time with lots of time to talk about dogs.

Towards the end of the running, Jeff mentioned to me what a great day Ob had. Driving home I started thinking about his comment and had to smile. Ob isn't a superstar. He is just a good dog that keeps getting better. 

The Old Man, Gregg, and I have all owned Ob at one time. This winter I have really put a lot of hours into him. He has become a good, steady, dependable dog. He jumps rabbits. He gets his share of checks. Other dogs run the front more than him, but he runs so much rabbit that he keeps finding his way to the front of the pack more and more.

Contrast this with Kurly, his 3/4 brother. Kurly get noticed, good or bad. He is less than 18 months old, but sticks out in any pack. He can get a check and run half a circle pounding the front. He can also cause some problems dragging the pack around when he should settle down a little.

Luckily, I have both dogs and they benefit from each other's strengths. As I thought about Jeff's comment though, I knew most people would prefer Full of Flash over Sure and Steady. In fact, many times that would be my choice. I have to say though, it sure was nice to be running Sure and Steady today. It's also nice to run with someone that notices the difference.

I ran Gypsy, Ob, Chip, Butcher, and Kurly. Jeff ran Wes and Flame. Delbert ran Flame, Cooter, and Bitty. It was 37° and mostly cloudy.


  1. Hello, Jim I contacted you awhile back about video you posted of dogs running and really liked ob in a few videos I have watched. I was talking to Zach Moore the other day and I told him if you didn't mine I would like to watch ob run this coming week at the world hunt.

    Justin Poole

  2. Justin,

    I would be glad to meet you and have you go out on a cast. See you next week.