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 . . .

Friday, January 30, 2015

Running with a One-Armed Old Man

It's been tough finding a running partner. Lately I have had to settle for a one-armed Old Man. He doesn't move too fast but at least he has good dogs. In fact, I would say he easily got second place today.  :)

The Old Man had his shoulder replaced on January 7. Three weeks later he was back to running dogs every day. I thought I was going to get a couple of months to run Village Girl and Tony, but the Old Man couldn't stand the thought of what might happen to his dogs after two months of running with my junk. So what choice did he have but to get back to running, sling and all.

Today we ran over four hours down in a big clearcut. This spot was amazing with rabbits running everywhere. The first hour it seemed like every time we had a check, the dogs would come out on a split with two rabbits. I would much rather dogs stayed in a pack but there were so many rabbits it was almost impossible.

When we first cut loose, I was worried about the effect the conditions might have on today's running. There was about an inch of snow with a temperature of 24° and 15 mph winds. I didn't need to fret though. The spot we ran always seems to have good running and today was no exception.

The last chase of the day was the best with the dogs packed together and running hard. After quite a chase, they finally had a check nearby so I called them, toned them, and headed for the truck. It was a good day of running with a lot of rabbits and hard chases, with little time in between.

I ran Chip, Butcher, and Dennis.  The Old Man ran Village Girl, Tony, and Diamond.


  1. Glad he is out and about and feeling better. You can't keep him down.I'm sure he didn't want you running his dogs to long they may start acting like your dogs :)


  2. Yeah Danie, I know you are right.

    The Old Man will be back on his horse in no time. I am glad you are feeling so good that your sense of humor has reappeared. :)

  3. I learn from the best :) Maybe I should stay away from the old Buckeye Gundog Beagle boys then.They must be rubbing off... :)


    1. Oh you poor girl. Whatever you do, stay strong and don't let them lead you astray.