Every time I talk to someone lately, I hear the same thing, "So you're quitting Little Pack?" The answer is NO, NO, and NO! I'm still running dogs and I am still going to run in ARHA Little Pack Hunts. In fact, our club, OHBC has hunt on July 22 & 23 and I will be there. I have run Little Pack for over 20 years and have no plans to quit. I'm just sorting my dogs a little different.
This guy I ride horses with has to always be first on the trail. If he doesn't ride on the front, his horses go crazy. They get all upset and nervous, act up, and won't gait right. Now you might wonder what this has to do with dogs, but for me, it sent a real message the other day. As I was watching one on the trail last week, I started thinking about some of the dogs I got rid of lately that blow up every race just to be on front.
Back when I first started running Little Pack, I really liked my dogs. I was running dogs like Boadie, Nada, Hobo and others just like them. They could flat run a rabbit. Lately, the dogs I had been running are more concerned with outrunning their packmates rather than run a rabbit. I just got sick of rough, slashing dogs blowing up races.
Basically, what it means is I have to do a better job of sorting through pups and choosing the right crosses. I think we all know how it is, sometimes I have to trip and fall on my face before I realize I need to watch my step. Luckily, I am well on my way to recovery and the lesson hasn't been too painful. In fact, in a way it is just the opposite.
Anyone who aspires to be a houndsman must have a vision. Winning trials isn't a vision. There have been thousands of junky dogs that have won hunts (For example, every brace dog bred in the last 40 years.) I just need to breed, raise, and train dogs that fit into my idea of the ideal rabbit hound. I want dogs that hunt hard, don't quit, and run a rabbit with brains and determination. AND, no junk that has to run the front or die.
See you at the hunts!
Today I ran Deal, Stacy, Dal, and Gibbs. It was 76° and sunny.
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