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 . . .

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Is It A Matter of Degrees?

I shot some video a couple of week ago and Butcher looked horrible. It was probably the worst I have ever seen him run, and it was all captured on tape. Then, to make matters worse, I published the video and posted it on HERE and on the Hunted Hare Forum. So not only did I have video of one of my best dogs looking bad, but then I posted it in public for anyone and everyone to see.

Last night the conditions were just a little different than when I shot the video. We still had 6 inches of snow. This time though, it was raining and temperatures were close to 40°. The snow was sloppy wet and tough for rabbits to run through. Plus, for much of the time I was running, it rained steadily. For a while we had a pounding down-pore.

There was no video last night, but oh how I wish there was. Butcher put on a show. He jumped at least four rabbits and grabbed check after check. He ran most of the front and never looked back.  His loud, rough chop rang over the pack.

Now I know Butcher isn't as good as he ran tonight and he is not as bad as he looked on the video. It just showed the impact that temperature and conditions have on the running. On the day of the video, running in the toughest of conditions, the patience of Chip, Tony, and Gypsy made the day. Being a little older and a little wiser also helped.

Last night, with the temperature just a few degrees warmer, Butcher dominated. I would rather Butcher have the patience of an old dog now, but I understand that a lot of the time that comes with age. I will bet when he is five years old, he will be the dog that is settled on the track, keeping the young dogs in a race. Until then, I know his success is determined by degrees.

I ran Butcher, Chip, Dennis, and Cole.

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