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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 . . .

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some Days it's Easy

I like running in the summer. It sorts the dogs, letting those with grit and ability rise to the top. But summer running is work. Rabbits can't physically run as long. Dogs get hot and have to work to breathe so they can't run as well and many hunt less. Pests are everywhere--ticks, mosquitoes, deer flies . . .  Plus there are always a lot of little rabbits that make little circles, dipping and diving.

Some times though, it all comes together in the summer and then it is great. Dogs start to adapt to the heat and any little break in the weather makes a huge difference. And so it was today. The high for the day was 74°. It rained yesterday and last night. A front passed through and pushed out all the humidity. All in all, it was a perfect morning to run.

The dogs jumped a rabbit before I had them all collared up and turned loose. They ran for over two hours with just a few checks. I am sure they switched rabbits, but it didn't matter. They sounded great. When they finally came in I moved them down the road about 100 yards. They were running again within a minute. After an hour and forty minutes, a chase ended by the truck.

I called the dogs and moved them about 75 yards down the road the other direction. Gypsy and Ob jumped a rabbit within a couple of minutes. After being out a total of five hours, the dogs circled up by the road. I called them in, loaded up, and headed for home. It was a great morning of running and it was so easy--nothing but pleasure. Days like today help deal with all those summer days when it's not quite so good.

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


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