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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 . . .

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Running

Chip, Tony, and Dixie lead the pack across the road!
A little chilly? Sure. Too cold to run? Never. With the temperature at 11° and the wind chill at -8 it was just right for the dogs and rabbits. As for the handler, I appreciated warm boots and good outdoor gear.

This morning, I traveled south about an hour to get into a little less snow. I knew we had too much for good chases, but with a little drive time and a good pine thicket, there were rabbits just waiting to be run. The dogs and the rabbits didn't disappoint with several good chases. This actually made the second day in a row at this spot and rabbits were out both days.

I have never understood what it is about pines, but it seems like whenever bad weather hits, the pines are the best spots to run. It doesn't seem to matter how bad the conditions are, the rabbits always run in the pines. Jeff Allen was kind enough to lend me this spot and the dogs did the rest.

The Old Man is taking a couple of months off to recuperate from shoulder replacement so his dogs are spread around. Gregg is training a couple of young females out of Chip and Diamond. Jeff Allen is running a couple of older dogs. I will be putting some hours on Village Girl and Tony, and some young dogs will be getting some running time in the pen. Hopefully we can all keep from ruining them until he gets back to running.

For today though, all was good. Rabbits were out and running. The dogs were feeling good and the chases were exciting. And, the weather was brisk enough to make sure to keep me alert.

I ran Chip, Village Girl, Butcher, Tony, Dennis, Dixie, and Gypsy.

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