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 21, 2015

When Just OK is Really Good

Tony and Butcher Driving in the Snow
Everyone with beagles has done it. It's a nasty day with rain, snow, wind, cold, heat, or some type of weather that you know is not fit for running dogs. Still, you are headed out to run and you think, why am I doing this? But you go anyway and usually you head home thinking, why did I do this? Then the next time comes and you do it all over. This is one of the things that pretty much proves to your wife and friends that you are crazy.

So when the Old Man called yesterday and said, do you wanna go run a couple of hours? Naturally I told him I would pick him up in 10 minutes. The fact that it was 12° with four inches of powdery snow didn't matter. The fact that it got down to 17 below zero last night didn't matter. The fact that every cottontail in the entire United States was nice and cozy in their hole didn't matter. I just piled on the clothes and headed out.

Surprising to me, it seemed like the rabbits were a little like us. I think they were a little stir crazy and wanted to get out. Maybe they heard the forecast and knew that another 8 inches of snow was on the way so they had to get out why they could. Anyway, the dogs jumped several rabbits and they stayed up and ran.

It wasn't a great day of running. There were a few more checks than usual. Even though we were in a great spot where the dogs can usually drive a rabbit, the chases weren't quite as fast as usual. On a good note though, the dogs ran almost the entire time and all six dogs contributed. The work was a lot more even than the other day when I videoed the dogs. Really, the running was just OK, but for the day that was really good.

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

Watching for the Rabbit to Cross

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