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, January 25, 2017

A Different Kind of Jump Dog

There are a lot of beagles that people call jump dogs. They hunt pretty hard, hit the cover, and come up with more than their share of rabbits. I've been lucky to have more than my share. Dogs like Neal, Boadie, Nada, Hobo, and Gypsy come to mind. But what I am talking about is different than this. I've never owned a dog that can jump rabbits like Logan Elm DK.

I'm talking about the kind of jump dog that finds joy in the jump. One that actually looks for rabbits. Most beagles look for scent. They want to run a track. That is what they are bred to do. A true jump dog though isn't like that. He hits the brush, living to invade a rabbit's home in the briars and chase him out. He doesn't bark before the jump. His bark is the joyful sound he makes when he flushes the rabbit from his "safe" place.

This kind of jump dog is seldom seen. The dogs I have seen like this make forever impression. Jim and Cody Hughes had a yellow dog named Bernard and he was this kind of dog. Bernard's son, a dog named Duke that the Old Man got from the Hughes was like that. Tony Upton's Grizz had jumps in every cast he was in. My brother Gregg's Bailey can jump a rabbit in any woods. John Queen got at least one jump in very cast when he ran his old Turbo dog. But this kind of beagle just isn't often found.

In a lifetime of beagling I have only seen a few dogs like this. They are wired different. Some people call them meat dogs or say they hunt like a cur or feist. When you have one though, every time you run it's a celebration. As soon as you hear him bark, you know without a doubt the race is on. No tracking it up. No striking a track. We are talking about jumping a rabbit out of his bed. Sight chase and getting with it. I'm talking about a different kind of dog and man is it fun. 

DK makes running so easy. A chase ends and the dogs come in from the hole. I think, well now we have to jump another rabbit. But before I can even start to get the ugly face, usually within a few minutes, another jump and away we go. I feel fortunate to have a dog that makes running so easy and enjoyable. Want to guess what I am breeding to?

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