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 . . .

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Humble Pie at the Hunted Hare

Through all of February and the first part of March the weather in our area has been lousy. We have been covered up in snow, chilled by cold temperatures, and numbed by wind chills. Despite this, I have run more this winter than probably any winter in my life. Part of the reason for this was having so many days off, which made it easy to run.

For the most part the dogs did fairly well all winter. There were times with the snow and cold that good chases were almost impossible, but the dogs all had some shining moments. Overall, the dogs showed good progress and accounted for most rabbits they jumped.

Naturally when Jeff and I headed north to the 2015 Hunted Hare I was excited to get my dogs out and chase a few big white rabbits. The running was great with countless hare and many really good chases. The best part is always the camaraderie and a long weekend filled with dog talk. Jeff and I had a blast running dogs and visiting with the best bunch of guys you could ever meet.

I have to admit though, the dogs didn't perform up to expectations. With all the hours they had already spent running in tough conditions, I expected more. Maybe the long ride in the truck affected them. Maybe spending a weekend in the box was a problem. Maybe ten inches of slushy ice crystals bothered them. Whatever the reason though, they didn't meet my expectations.

What does that mean? Well, some dogs will get a long look. One may get a new address. At the same time though, I am not going to overreact and get overly disappointed. We had a great time. A couple of dogs looked good, especially considering their age. A little humble pie is OK every so often. It makes a guy just a little more cautious about what he does. And, there is always the next time. 

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