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, January 22, 2015

Running Dogs is So Easy

I turned the dogs loose. In just a couple minutes Jeff Allen showed up and unloaded his. A few minutes later we thought we heard dogs running. We walked up the road a little ways over a hill. Sure enough, they were running.

When all the dogs went in there was a little confusion at first and the rest of the chase was choppy. After a bit though, Chip jumped a rabbit way down in the clearcut and the race was on. The pack got together and ran.

For the next 3+ hours, Jeff and I stood by the trucks and just listened to good running. It was a beautiful winter night with temperatures in the 30's. The air was damp and scenting conditions were way above average. Tonight was a perfect night for running beagles.

As I drove home, my attempt at running last night just seemed like a bad dream. I couldn't believe the difference. Really, tonight proved that running dogs is just so easy.

I ran Chip, David, Dennis, Butcher, and Gypsy. Jeff Allen ran Flame, Meg, Jed, and Dixie.

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