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 . . .

Friday, April 3, 2015

When It's Just Right

The spot of green is Cole's collar
just before he busted out with the rabbit.
That's why we do this. Because when it's just right, it can't get any better. Your heart pounds like it is going to jump out of your chest. The sound from the pack just gets into your soul. The feeling is just not something you can explain to someone that hasn't done it. When it's just right, it's just so amazing.

You might go a few races without this feeling. You might go a few trips without this feeling. When you get it though, it makes you forget all the bad. It makes you smile in a way that goes all the way to your soul. It's why we all run dogs.

Guys will give a lot of reasons why they run dogs. Let's see:

1.  I like my dogs.
2.  I like being outside in the woods.
3.  I love watching pups progress.
4.  I have a great time with my friends.
5.  I want to compete.
6.  I like the way a chase sounds.
7.  I enjoy training dogs.
8.  My dogs are my hunting partners.
9.  It gets me out of the house.
10. It's my connection to nature.

All of these are true. 

BUT, the real reason is because when it's just right, it is the most righteous thing in our lives. When young Upincomer looks like Mr. Imtherenow; when the pack is running as one; when the checks are short; when the drives are long; when all the dogs look like they belong; when the pack sounds so great it just makes you feel good, that's when we know we could never give up running dogs. When it's just right it's everything and that's why we run dogs.

I ran Dennis, Chip, DK, Silly, Cole, and Jimmy.  Conditions were good and the young dogs ran like I knew they could. It was 53° with a little rain. 

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