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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 . . .

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I Love Summer Running

Chip Coming Out on the Track
At 8:00 this morning it was 76°. By 9:00 I was sweating like crazy and I wasn't doing anything. It was so humid you knew thunderstorms were coming before the day was over. The rabbits would only run about 15 - 20 minutes at most. I think it was too hot for them. 

The dogs ran though. At times there were a few more checks than I like. It took a little bit between rabbits and the dogs hit the creek between chases. There was never a time when they weren't breathing hard. But still they ran.

After about 3 1/2 hours I loaded up and headed for the house. Normally I would have run longer but by then, the dogs had enough. The clearcut I was running in is tough running even in good conditions. It is thick and steep. Today everything was harder. And that's why I like running in the summer. 

Any dog can run in good conditions. Any pack can have good chases when it is easy. All the dogs can get checks and jumps on the good days. On a day like today though, the dogs are challenged to the max and the best will rise to the top. Need proof? Gypsy jumped five rabbits today.

I ran Gypsy, Ob, Chip, Butcher, Silly, and Billy.

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