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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 18, 2015

The Excitement of Running a Pup

The dogs struck as a group and fired down the hill. I listened close and heard Chip, then Dennis, and Silly so I knew it was a rabbit. A quick glance at the Garmin told me all the dogs were together. That in itself was a relief. Normally that isn't a problem but DK was making his first trip with the big dogs last night.

DK is a nine month old male out of Hot Head and a Big Meadows female. He has been running in the pen for a couple of months so I thought he would do OK. I had planned to wait until after the World Hunt to start running him, but I just got impatient and decided to throw him out there.

Taking a pup in the wild for the first time seems to always hold a few surprises. DK was not exception to that rule. He had some good surprises and of course had to run one off game track.

So the first chase headed down the hill. The dogs were running pretty well and I was tuned in making sure DK was there. Then I heard Hot Head. Well, it wasn't him but it sure sounded like it. And that was the best surprise of all. DK was in the blaring out and sounded exactly like his sire. I love the excitement and anticipation when running a new pup.

I ran Dennis, Cole, Chip, DK, and Silly. It was 42° with falling temperatures. 

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