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 . . .

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Four in a Row

The Old Barn at Farmers
Why would a dog run better on the fourth day? Today made the fourth day in a row this week that I have run Chip and he hunted and ran the best today. It has been hotter than blazes all week. The dogs can't even rest well or eat like normal. Every time they get a chance they are diving into the creek.

I would think by the fourth day, Chip would be tired. I would expect him to hunt with less enthusiasm and too start to run a little sloppy. It would be only normal for a dog under the kind of physical stress that I have put on him to loose his intensity.

Somehow though, he has gotten a little better each day. I am sure this can only work to a certain point, and tomorrow I will see if it continues. I think that goes back to his sire, Neal and Hobo the generation before. I suppose, like with most things, I will have to push it to the max just to see what happens.

I started out in a big clearcut this morning but somehow the thunderstorms missed it. There wasn't a drop of water anywhere. About 10:00 it started to get really miserable so I headed to Farmer's where the creek always has water to finish the day.

I ran Chip, Ob, David, Kurly, Trick, and Cole. It was in the 80's before noon.

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