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 . . .

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

The grass has been growing good the last few weeks. It seems like every day lately has had a chance of rain and we got it. That sure makes it good for running dogs though.

Chris Hopkins came down last night and we went down to a big clearcut to run. Right from the start the dogs jumped a rabbit and got after it. The chases were steady with some big sweeps. You could tell from the beginning that scenting conditions were great.

I have been spending a lot more time riding horses lately and less time running dogs, and my dogs showed it. As Chris said, "you always do that. It's that after the World Hunt lull." And he is right. Every year after the ARHA World Hunt I run less, taking a bit of a break until summer.

The dogs were a little rough at the start, with more energy than was good for them. After a bit they settled, but it really didn't matter. That's what is so great about good scenting conditions. Even when dogs aren't dialed in they can still burn up the woods. As every beagler knows, you can't beat running in the rain.

I ran Gypsy, Chip, Butcher, and Ob. Chris ran Molly, Juno, and a couple of pups.

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