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 . . .

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Neal Lives On

Logan Elm Neal
Anyone that knows me, knows that Logan Elm Neal was one of, if not my all time favorite dog. He gave it all, every time out. For many years, time after time, he let me enjoy what I like to do most, running dogs. I have no idea how many rabbits he jumped in his life, but it was a bunch. Plus, his big mouth could be heard in any pack.

This weekend's ARHA Hunts at Chillicothe made me think about Neal. He was a decent competition dog, but what he really liked to do was go run. And he would run and run and run for as long as you wanted to run. When you headed north to run hare, he would really step up his game. He helped me have a bunch of great trips to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where time after time he was the anchor.

The first time Neal was bred, he produced ARHA GR CH Logan Elm Gypsy. A few years later, she won the ARHA World Hunt and was Reserve Champion another year. The last time he was bred he produced Logan Elm Dennis, who won the hunt Saturday. Throughout his life, Neal was bred a few times each year. One thing that was consistent was that he always produced rabbit dogs. The hunt at Chillicothe showed though that he produced some decent competition dogs too.

Two of the four classes were won by dogs out of Neal. On Saturday, dogs out of him placed 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th. On Sunday, a female out of him won and a grandson was third. The conditions at these hunts were terrible and a lot of the places were determined by hunt. To me, that just shows that Neal passed this trait on to his pups.

When Neal died a lot of people told me that it was such a shame. I said at the time that it was OK. If he wasn't a reproducer, then he had been bred enough. If he was a reproducer, then there would be dogs down the road out of him to keep the line going. I think last weekend showed that there are some dogs out of Neal that are going to be worthy representatives to carry on what he and his sire, Hobo contributed to Logan Elm Beagles.


  1. I can still see him work out those super tough checks when rest of the pack had pretty much given up. They started out loud, methodical and then they were playing catchup to him. I'll bet you came to expect it But, it impressed the hell out of me every time. BRAINS, NOSE & DESIRE.

    1. Thanks Ray. I think you are probably right. I expected him to get every jump and every check. It was unrealistic, and a lot of times he made me look like a lot better trainer than I was.

    2. Jeff Kerns Flat Top KennelsMarch 8, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      If you was a betting man you would be a fool if your money was not on Neal . When he hit the ground he was gone, first jump, first strike, first check. Most of the time he was the lead dog. If not him it was one of his offspring.

  2. Grit and heart. He was one of the toughest I ever saw. He didn't care how bad conditions were he would always give it his all. 150% of heart and rabbit dog.