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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 . . .

Friday, June 16, 2017

What Happened to All the Blog Posts?

Image result for guy on computerI haven't written many blog post lately. I have had a few people ask why and even tell me they miss reading them. I really appreciate that someone would take the time to read this beagle blog and find it worthwhile. So why so few blog posts?

The easy answer is I got out of the mood. The more difficult answer is that it just isn't as much fun when you don't like your dogs much. 

When Jeff Allen and I went to our second winter trip to Wisconsin for the Hunted Hare Weekend, Jim Matuszewski commented on this black dog I was running. He said, half the time he's really good, almost great, but the other half he's a pile of .....     And the bad thing was, he was right.  This dog from Ohio came up to the swamps of Wisconsin and was blowing up races and dragging a pack of hare hounds all over the place.

Here these guys were, kind enough to invite us up to stay with them and run, and I brought this dog that made it impossible to have a good chase. Then, to top it off, I was too stubborn to put him in the truck. How different from the trip we made just two years before when Chip and Gypsy ran like they had run hare their whole life in two feet of snow.

This is just one story from many in the last few years. It is a perfect example though of when things go wrong in a kennel. When crosses don't work and pups don't fit into the type of hound a kennel is built on, it is easy to snowball into an avalanche of mediocrity.

Are more blog posts on the way? We'll see how the summer goes.

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