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 14, 2015

Great Job AKC Midwest Judges!

FC Hopkins Wolf Creek Abby
The Anticipation was over and Chris Hopkins, Jeff Allen, the Old Man, and I cut them loose this morning. The first rabbit took a few minutes to jump but then the chase was on. The dogs were running hard with big circles in far from good conditions. The wind was howling with falling temperatures throughout the day. It started in the 20's but was 18° by the time we quit.

Weather conditions didn't seem to matter today though. We ran 5 rabbits in the first clearcut with pretty good chases and not a whole lot of time between. After a lull, we moved about a mile to another spot. This clearcut is different from most because you can see the dogs a lot. For the last couple of hours, Jeff was on one side of a ditch which divided the hollow and Chris and I were up on the hill on the other side. We saw the dogs a lot.

A lot of dogs contributed to a good day. There were 2 ARHA Grand Champions, 2 ARHA Champions, a World Hunt winner,  2 dogs that had won their last hunt, and Dennis had his best day ever.  BUT, I was really pleased watching Abby run. She had 4 or 5 times where she really shined. One time was a turn behind the dogs. Another time was two tough checks in a row. Abby had a really good day.

I ran Abby for Chris for a few months when she was 14 months old. I really liked her tenacity on the line and how she would stick to the track no matter what. That has only improved with age. It makes me feel good to know that a dog with her good qualities finished as an AKC Field Champion. Great job to judges in the Midwest Federation. To all the judges that Abby won and placed under, I totally agree with your decision.

Today wasn't arena beagling like in a field trial. This was tough conditions in a hilly clearcut filled with briers in the worst weather conditions. What it showed though is that field trials can and do promote a dog that can get it done. Great job judges!

Chris Hopkins


  1. Mr. Hopkins looks comfortable and warm. He must be wearing some windproof hunting bibs, not just a pair of thin jeans, on this trip! :) Chris sure does have a couple of really nice Midwest females!

  2. Obviously you heard the story of Chris forgetting his bibs when he came down to run a few weeks ago. It was truly a beautiful, cold, wet, windy night but he didn't seem to enjoy the conditions too much. He was the dance contest winner hopping around trying to stay warm. And we didn't make fun of him at all. :)

  3. Thanks for the kind words about Abby. I too think the AKC judges got it right but I may be a little biased maybe. I will tell you this coming from somebody who has been in to beagles as long as you have that blog you wrote means as much to me as any ribbon she won thank you. As far as your choice of pictures the one at the top of Abby was great the one at the bottom of me not so much. The hole forgetting of the bibs incident I may have moved around a bit to stay warm I never went to the truck or asked to leave that's all I'm going to say about that.Great time as all ways yesterday looking forward to the next time
    Chris Hopkins

    1. The only thing I will say is, one man's moving around a little bit is another man's dancing. I will give you credit though, even when your teeth were chattering, you didn't complain you just moved around (danced) a little more.

      Jeff and I both watched Abby do some great work yesterday. Congrats on third place--cause you know Jeff and I both know we won.

  4. Call it how you see it I'm just glad the Old Man was "resting his eyes" in the truck one the last race or I'm sure I would have came in 4th.
    On the night I forgot my bibs It was not mentioned that with rain wind chill and temperature figured in it was the coldest night in Ohio this winter just saying