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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 . . .

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Five Jumps by Five Dogs

Crossing the Lane Right After the Rabbit
We drove about an hour east of us hoping to have a little running today. Depending on the area there was somewhere between 8 - 12 inches of snow. The first place I tried to stop had so much snow on the side of the road that I couldn't find a place to pull off. This wasn't a great start to the day. We went on down the road a ways to another spot. I made a left turn up the hill before I noticed this road hadn't been plowed. There were a ruts about a foot deep in the road, so I stayed in them, continuing on to another spot. 

When we got to the next spot it looked so snowy and desolate that I knew there was no chance of running there. I traveled on, hoping to find a spot where we could at least get the dogs out for a bit. We passed a couple of spots I had run before but none of them seemed worth the effort,

Finally, I figured if we were ever going to run it was time to stop and give it a try. The Old Man and I collared up the dogs and headed down over the hill. Their hunt wasn't the best at the start as their bellies were dragging in the snow. If nothing else they were going to get some exercise.

After a few minutes, Chip busted out with the first rabbit of the day. They ran him a couple of circles. When the bunny crossed the lane just before the dogs in the picture above, he was struggling just to get through the snow. It was easy to tell that chases wouldn't last too long today. Luckily though, every rabbit gave us at least a couple of circles.

By the time we quit, we ran five rabbits. These rabbits were jumped by five different dogs. As much as I like to listen to great running, nothing beats having dogs jump rabbits. Today the running was OK, but the dogs really hunted. It was no surprise that five of the six dogs jumped a rabbit. And on a day like today, what more could you ask for?

I ran Chip, Dennis, and Butcher. The Old Man ran Gypsy, Tony, and Village Girl. It was 23° when we started with a lot of sun and even more snow.


A Good Snowy Day Running Spot

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