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 . . .

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Conversation with Dennis After His Second Hunt

Six weeks ago I took Logan Elm Dennis to his first ARHA Little Pack hunt. It didn't go too well, so afterwards I had a conversation with him. He was more than a little confused and bothered by all the barking. Thankfully he didn't join in, and I hoped if I explained about hunts it would help him out. You can read about that conversation HERE.

Today I took Dennis to Chillicothe to his second hunt and he won! I was so proud. Honestly though, he didn't do much. Really, he did a little bit, just a little bit better than the other dogs. It wasn't something to brag about, but it made me happy. There's just something special about getting a win out of a dog that you raised and trained from a pup, out of a dog that you raised and trained from a pup, out of a dog .  .  .

Anyway, when I got home, I put Dennis in his kennel and fed him. Standing there looking at him, I though maybe it was time for anther conversation.

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch (Dennis was eating).

Me: Great job today!

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Me: You won! It made me soooo happy!

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Me: I told you going to hunts was fun.

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Me: That jump was killer. As soon as I heard you bark, I knew you jumped a rabbit. Maybe the next time you could actually run it a little farther.

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Me: Aren't you proud? Aren't you glad you won?

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Me: You don't act like you even care.

Dennis: Crunch, crunch, crunch. PPPssssssssss

Me: Hey, pay attention and quit peeing on that tree when I'm talking to you.

Anyhow, win or lose, I'm not so sure that Dennis is all that impressed with field trials. I'm going back to Chillicothe tomorrow but I'm not taking Dennis. Maybe if I take Cole he will have more to say.


  1. Jr,
    I think you have been stuck in the house to much this winter :) I think Mike needs to come and run with you so you will have someone to talk to.....Besides poor Dennis.Oh wait it's March Madness :) Good job this weekend!!! -Danie

    1. I sure wish you could get Mike to come down and run. Even though it is March Madness (the crazy time leading up to the ARHA World Hunt) I would like to run with Mike. However, he seems to have given up beagling. Why don't you give him a swift kick and make him come south?