Did you ever spend any time around a 16 year old boy? You know how his brain is a little twisted and he just doesn't quite have the ability to reason? How he stays awake when he should sleep, like Sunday night before school on Monday? How he sleeps when he should be awake, like sitting in American History? How once he gets a girl friend, the house could be on fire and he wouldn't have sense enough to leave unless she told him to. Well that's kind of how my dogs are right now.
I have these young males that are all around two years old. They have unbelievable energy. They can run 400 yards down a road and back and not even be out of breath. When they should slow down, like on a tough track, sometimes they just bust out like a maniac and then look around wondering what went wrong. Other times, when they just need to get gone and go hunt, they kind of look at me, standing around like they aren't sure what to do.
When scent is high and running is easy, they all seem like naturals. When a rabbit pulls a trick and they have to use their brain, they fumble around like I need to haul them in a short bus just to take them to the field. When it's easy they look like the best dogs I have ever owned. When it's tough, I look around just to make sure no one is watching.
Some of the time they can work together and I think this might be the best pack I have ever owned. Other times though, they act like no one informed them that they are a pack. They are the best young jump dogs I have ever seen. But they get a lot of practice because they can blow up races like fireworks on the fourth of July.
What's a guy to do though? I can't make them older. Experience only comes from running. They have to grow up at their own pace. In the mean time, I guess I will just try to be patient. I know a great future is ahead. I just wish a couple of them would get a degree in Rabbit Hound.
Tonight I ran Dennis, Cole, and Silly. It was 57° and sunny.