Izzy & Petra are only separated by a few days with Izzy about 4 days older. They have basically grown up together; they eat together, sleep together and I like running them together. Even though their mothers were sisters, they are two very different hounds. Izzy is powerfully built, Petra is slim. Izzy hunts in a methodical way, Petra is in every thicket & under every bush. Petra is about 2 inches shorter and is the smallest hound in my kennel but has the biggest heart of any. Izzy will stand up to any hound, Petra is not one to be in the corner, and has surprised me with her aggressiveness at times but she is not what I would call an alpha female.
I really enjoy hunting them in a brace. They both are very biddable and work well as a team. Petra a bit better of a check hound and Izzy controlling the drives. The day of this picture, I was surprised to check the Garmin and see that Petra was moving almost a full mph faster than Izzy. I'm going to chalk that up to the fact that rabbits were tough to come by due to the approaching storm and the 2 had to work to get up the pair of rabbits that they did roust.