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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 . . .

Monday, July 3, 2017

Getting it Done, Sort Of

My neighbor, Jonathon Johnson said, "why don't you take a break. Go in the house and get a drink." I was putting a wall in the bunk room in my horse trailer and he was "helping me." I can do about any kind of work, carpentry, plumbing, electric, and I get the job done, but it may not be  quite perfect. I think Jon was tired of fixing what I was screwing up. His next comment proved that when he said, "you can screw it up faster than I can fix it. I've been running this pup lately, Logan Elm Dan and he made me think about that day. 

Dan has had about five trips in the wild. He looked really good in the pen so naturally I was excited to get him out in the big world and see how he would do. And he does OK. He can run a rabbit pretty well when it is easy. He can get a little front now and then and carry it for a bit. I've seen him pick up a couple of checks. He's always gone and seems to be hunting.

As a rabbit hound though, Dan is about equal to me as a handyman. He makes some mistakes. On the front of the pack, he hesitates when he should go. He goes too hard when he needs to slow down and turn. Usually he is real steady coming out of a check, but he will also go to hard and make more work sometimes too. If he would hunt half as fast and look twice as hard, he probably would find more rabbits.

The chases would probably be better if Dan would just watch. If he would just go along and mostly observe it would help. He's kind of like me though. He wants to get in there and pitch in or even take over. We might make mistakes but we keep on trying. The difference is Dan is young and he will learn. For me, probably not so much. Oh well, time to get busy.

Today the Old Man and I ran Deal, Fender, Stacy, Dan, and Digger.