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 19, 2016

Cole for a Present

Logan Elm Cole
Everyone knows the old joke about getting a lump of coal in your stocking for Christmas. Although I have often deserved it, I've never had it happen. Lately though, I feel like I got an amazing present of another kind of Cole. And this one was totally unexpected. 

Cole and his sister, Poppy were born three years ago. They are out of Logan Elm Hot Head X Fox Creek Blue Belle. Cole has always been kind of an extra dog. I would run him some, whenever I had room or needed a dog to fill out the pack. He has tremendous energy and grit, but never really set himself apart in any way.

Over Christmas I had a couple dogs that got cut from the A team and a couple go on injured reserve. Cole hadn't been run much all fall, but these circumstances bumped him up into the starting lineup. He didn't have the best start, running pheasants a few times the first day, and barking around when he shouldn't. He was at the make it or break it point. Mr. Tri-Tronics and I had a few stern talks with him over the next few days. Of course he started to pout and didn't want to hunt much.

After a couple of weeks, I started to see some real progress. Then something just clicked. He had one day rabbit hunting when he jumped 6 rabbits. Since then, it has been all good. He just keeps running more and more rabbit, getting checks, and jumping rabbits. He has been amazingly consistent and because he has so much energy, he can do it for as long as I want to run.

I wish I could say I knew it was going to happen, but I just plain missed it. I had no idea Cole could become a special kind of dog. I really liked both of his parents and like his sister, but I just didn't expect this out of him. I guess that is why this Cole is the best kind of present.

Tonight, it was 80° when I started. The dogs still have a heavy coat and got hot, but they hung in there and ran well. With the sudden switch to warmer temperatures in our area, it seems like the rabbits haven't adjusted yet. They will run about two circles and head for a hole. Cole jumped five rabbits. ARHA, UKC, PKC, running dogs, or rabbit hunting, it doesn't matter. That makes him the winner.

I ran Cole, Meg, DK, Dancer, and Defender.

P.S. David, the order doesn't always tell it all but some times it does and this is one of those times.

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