|Bobcat Track in the Snow|
Cole opened down in the clearcut. I was on top the ridge, standing at the intersection of two logging roads. I started watching for the rabbit. Cole was headed up the hill so I knew the rabbit was going to cross. I saw a blur coming towards the opening. I knew it was the rabbit.
As the blur came into the open, I couldn't believe it. A bobcat crossed the logging road, I blinked a couple of times and he was gone. At first I thought that I was just seeing things. In all the hours I have spent running dogs in the roughest spots in southeastern Ohio I have never seen a bobcat. That changed today though in the blink of an eye.
I am sure for some people, in some areas, seeing a bobcat is no big deal. But in southeast Ohio, they are few and far between. Plus, as shy as they are, people rarely see them. When I saw it, I grabbed my controls, thinking Cole couldn't resist. He turned down the hill though, and I didn't have a cat chase.
This was pretty much the highlight of my day. Rabbits were hard to find and didn't stay up long. A couple of inches of new snow combined with temperatures that fell steadily throughout the day and a strong wind didn't help matters. I enjoyed being out, but it sure wasn't a brag day of running.
I ran Chip, Butcher, Dennis, Cole, Gypsy, and David. It was 24° with a 10+ mph wind.