I was thinking about this conversation with Delbert Erb last night. He said, "it appears you're a little bit frustrated right now with your kennel." I guess it probably seems that way, but the frustration is gone. It went down the road. Tonight's running was proof positive.
There's this place that I run. I haven't been able to have good chases there for the last year. I talked to the Old Man about it and I explained that the rabbits there just wouldn't stay up. It seems like races only last for a circle or so and then they end.
I run the spot about once a week because it's close to the house. It's not my best spot but it's a nice spot to run where you can have several rabbits and run for at least three or four hours. There seems like there are always plenty of rabbits. It is surrounded by crop fields so every year there's a new batch of rabbits that gets put into a weed and brushy field in the middle.
This night was different though. I was running four dogs. They were all young dogs with the oldest less than two years old. As any beagler knows when you run four young dogs you don't expect them to run great. Add that to the fact that this is the spot that usually the running doesn't last that long, where chases are short. Needless to say, I had pretty minimal expectations.
Imagine my surprise tonight when I had long chases with a few checks and long periods of steady running. The dogs ran good and accounted for their rabbits. They work together to have good races and ran as a pack.
The big-name brag little pack dogs may be gone, but the chases are better and last much longer. I am running a pack and they account for the rabbits. The move towards smoother better running dogs is paying off. And frustration? Naaahhh, not a bit.
I ran Deal, Gibbs, Dal, and Stacy.