|Chip and Butcher Coming Through on the Rabbit|
Cole would run a piece and then David would run a bit. None of it sounded too good. I pulled out my controls. My thumb was getting the itch to give them a little reminder of what not to do. Then a conversation I had with Ray Smalley recently came to mind.
I was talking about the difficulty training a young male like Dennis. He has a lot of ability to do the tough work, especially considering he is less than two years old. Ray has a young male out of his Field Champion Rockstar Ricky and Chris Hopkin's Molly female that gives him the same challenge. When an above average young dog is growing into a good dog (especially one that has the potential to be THE DOG of your kennel) some times you have to give them a little more
Anyone who has ever trained beagles has been faced with the question of shock or not many times. Raising and training pups forces us to make this decision over and over. Even older dogs, if not shocked when they need it can turn to crap. So much of the quality of a kennel is based on this one factor which comes up over and over every time we run.
I hate barking dogs and I had heard just about enough. As I was walking up the road thinking about all of this, I heard Chip bark a few times. Then Butcher chimed in with his growly chop. The next thing I knew, the dogs were running right up the hill towards me. They crossed the road right on some fresh tracks in the snow and hammered down the other side. For today, I got lucky and made the right decision. Tomorrow, who knows?
I ran Chip, Butcher, Cole, and David. Later the Old Man showed up with Village Girl, Tony, and Gypsy. It was 19° when I started but warmed up to 31 by the time I quit five hours later.