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, April 12, 2016

A Talk With Dennis After the 2016 World Hunt

Me:  Congrats there Mr. Big Shot!

Dennis:  What?
Logan Elm Dennis
2016 ARHA Reserve World Champion

Me:  2016 ARHA World Hunt Reserve Champion

Dennis:  So?

Me:  You did a great job. I had so many people that said nice things about you. You made the World Hunt a blast for me.

Dennis:  OK

Me:  Didn't you have fun?

Dennis:  I spent almost a week in the trailer.

Me:  Yeah but you ran great. In one cast you beat a World Champion and Reserve World Champion. People know your name.

Dennis:  Does that mean I get more girlfriends?

Me:  I don't know. I'm talking about the World Hunt.

Dennis:  Let's talk about what matters like more girlfriends.

Me:  Placing at the ARHA World Hunt matters a lot to me. We worked hard for that.

Dennis: We worked hard? Seriously?

Me:  Welllllll, good job.

Dennis: Just get me more girlfriends. I like the way they smell.

I had a great time this year at the World Hunt. Even though Dennis wasn't too impressed by it all, I was. The running this year was much better than last. I saw several casts that really smoked. The friendship and sportsmanship was the best. On every cast that I handled or spectated, everyone seemed to have a good time.

Overall the Logan Elm dogs ran well. Tony ran great but didn't have a lot of running. Cole was in an awesome cast of dogs that smoked a rabbit for 45 minutes and caught it right at the end. DK's cast didn't have much running and by the time he settled in and started to take over, the cast was over. Congrats to his littermate brother, Big Meadows Shine owned by Dennis and David Kennedy which was Reserve World Champion in the Open Class.

As anyone that has ever attended the World Hunt knows, it takes a lot of things to go right for a dog to place. In fact, a lot of the times when a dog doesn't place it may not be due to the dog. That's what makes it great when a dog makes it through to the end.

As long time Kentucky beagler. Frank Fulks said, it takes five things to happen to place at the World: 

1. Luck
2. Good judges
3. Good running
4. A good dog
5. A lot of luck

I feel really lucky as I look back at this year's World Hunt. It's impossible to describe how much the friendship and laughter means. Conversations in the clubhouse, in the campground, out on casts, and at dinner after long days in the field make this such a special event. Seeing friends from near and far make the World Hunt the highlight of my year. I can't wait for next year.


  1. Congrats Jr and Dennis!!!! Glad all of your hard work payed off.I think you need to find him a girlfriend and next year you may bring it home.

  2. Thanks Danie. I think Dennis needs to win it and then I'm sure he will get more girlfriends. :)