One of the benefits of making a road trip is that you get to meet new people and see different dogs. Lately the Patch dogs have been victim to a lot of abuse by many online beaglers. At the 2015 Hunted Hare, I got to spend a good amount of time watching a couple of Patch hounds run and got an even bigger surprise.
Most of the Patch guys that I have met are fanatics. They see blonde and nothing else. You can say whatever you want and they have an answer. Usually though, their answer is get some Patch hounds. This is funny because there is such a variety in Patch hounds.
At the Hunted Hare I met a Patch guy, Rowdy Holstien and then I found out he wasn't a Patch guy. He was a houndsman. He brought a couple of blonde dogs, but that was because they were his best hunting dogs. I was more than a little shocked when I stood by him as he booked some nonblonde pups.
Naturally I had to grill Rowdy and it went something like this:
Me: You want nonblonde pups?
Rowdy: They have good dogs and I think it will be a good cross.
Me: Yeah but they won't be blondes.
Rowdy: I don't care about color, I just want good dogs.
Me: Even if they aren't blondes?
Rowdy: They have some good dogs and I want some of their stuff.
Me: It won't be Patch.
Rowdy: I don't care about that. I just want the best dogs possible.
And so I discovered a guy a little like me. He just wants some good dogs that will make rabbit hounds. He is a little different because he really like Patch Hounds. But if he finds young dogs that aren't Patch hounds, that is OK. He just wants good rabbit hounds.