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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 . . .

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's All in the Spot

The running this summer has been great. The good conditions with a lot of moisture have helped. Nothing helps more though than having good spots to run. Now, depending on who you ask, beaglers have differing opinions on what makes a great running spot. For me though, nothing beats a big, tough, clearcut with a lot of cover and room to stretch out and run.

I have run one spot 2 or 3 times a week this summer. Usually the most I ever run a spot is once a week. However, every time I have run in this one clearcut I have had at minimum of 2 hours of nonstop running. Jeff Allen and I ran there Tuesday and ran 3 1/2 hours and didn't hardly move. This clearcut is loaded with rabbits, on a steep hillside, and so thick an ant has trouble getting through. Once the dogs get in there and stir up the rabbits, the dogs can run until they can hardly move.

This clearcut has been the most fantastic running spot I have ever run. It helps that it sits in the middle of 1,800 acres of clearcut of all ages. Now, I would like to claim that my superior dogs have been running great and deserve all the credit. Seriously though, I have to admit, it's just one fine spot for running dogs.

Today I ran Dennis, JJ, Poppy, DK, and Dilly. It was 75° and sunny.


A Beagler's Breakfast

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This Summer Weather

Poppy Walks a Track up the Road
I was watching the news and the weather came on. The Meteorologist said, this is the 19th day in a row that it has rained, but it it about to get better. I know you are ready for some sunshine and we are going to get it. It won't rain for the next two days. I am sure viewers everywhere were celebrating. For beaglers in Ohio though, June has been fabulous!

All of the rain has kept the water holes full. It has made for good scenting conditions. The temperatures have been cooler than normal. All of the factors that make running dogs good have made June a great month to run. Day after day, the dogs have benefited from the weather and chases have been super.

As I listened to the forecast I thought back to today's running. The Old Man and I ran about 4 hours and the dogs never went 5 minutes without a rabbit. Tony had a great day and that helped, but it was cool and wet, and all the dogs ran well. We mostly just sat in our chairs and enjoyed listening to the beagle choir sing.  There was music the entire time and it sure sounded sweet.

I ran Poppy, JJ, Silly, and Dilly. The Old Man ran Tony, Chip, Dixie, and Dissident.