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 . . .

Monday, June 30, 2014

It Was Good When it was Good . . .

Right out of the truck we had great running. The dogs pounded with few checks and far between. Rabbits came quick and stayed up and ran. The fog was so thick you couldn't even see across the holler. By the time the fog finally lifted around 9:30 the dogs had already had a good workout.

Chris Hopkins came down to run and the way the dogs started made it well worth his trip. We went to one of my favorite clearcuts and the dogs took the grand tour right out of the gate. Although you could rarely see the dogs, you could hear a lot of dogs chiming in. It was a great start to the morning.

After the dogs had covered most of the area we where in, I decided we should move around the hill. I thought a new area would keep the good running going. When we dumped the dogs out, they were hot and didn't seem to ambitious. It took way too long to get a rabbit and then it only stayed up for about 15 minutes. We loaded the dogs and headed for a nearby clearcut with a pond.

The dogs quickly jumped a little rabbit but it didn't run far. Then Juno hit a rabbit and the chase was on. For the next hour or more the dogs hammered. They ran the best chase of the day. They ran the clearcut from the top to the bottom and all around. It was the kind of chase that made you smile.

When the chase was finally over, we called the dogs in and headed for the pond. All of them got a good soak and cooled off. Then we spent the next hour trying for one more chase. The young dogs had had enough and the older dogs were not exactly busting the brush. It was highly aggravating. Right at the end though, David jumped a rabbit after being out almost six hours on a hot summer day. That made it all ok.

This was a strange morning. When it was good it was really good. When it was bad, it was nothing. Luckily there was a whole lot more good than bad.

I ran Butcher, David, Dennis, Trick, and Kurly. Chris ran Molly, Juno, and three pups.

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