Is it January or April? The lack of snow cover in my part of the country (as well as many other areas) has made this winter unique. We have gone from 7 inches of powder to bare ground in a matter of days. When the weatherman predicted 50’s for today, I hustled to get some work done in the morning and grabbed the hounds and headed out.
I took Paco today for about 2 hours and only had 1 jump. I watched the rabbit take out from a clump of grass and head toward a swampy bottom about 75 yards away. I watched as the rabbit disappeared under a large rock and the chase was over that fast. Paco took it to the rock and searched around for a little and then looked back up the hill toward me as if to say “is that it?”
I have had the hounds out quite a bit. I’ve been working some of the youngsters pretty steady. Rabbits have been iffy at best. Some days no trouble, some days I can’t get a single jump. Lola (Monk X Onwasa, 7 mos. old) had a sight chase last week and has been showing a lot of interest. She’ll get worked hard in the next few weeks. Reports on her littermate brother are that he is circling.
Paco has come a long way. He is a beautiful hound with a huge voice and unlike a lot of males, handles like a dream. He also will get fed plenty of rabbit tracks this spring, solo and packed.
As much as I like running a pack, I do love to occasionally run them solo. There just is something about being out with a single hound that is good for me and the hound. They seem to want to please you better and the hound can get your undivided attention. The music isn’t as extraordinary, but it still can be very pleasing.
Have bred Annaka and Twila, we’ll see what we get and we’re excited for the potential attributes these fine bitches will add to our hounds. Hopefully both have taken.