I see sighthounds out at Great Meadow sometimes. We'll be hunting rabbit with Basset Hounds, and then the sighthounds will show up (on another part of the course) Saluki's, Greyhounds, Lurchers,and Scottish Deerhounds, as far as I can tell.
Talk about a study in contrasts ! Slow trailing scent hounds versus sighthounds.
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
The hunt that I whipped with many years ago had two couple of hounds that had come from a foxhound/greyhound cross, incorporated into the pack. Their names were Captain & Cruiser (dogs), and Corsica & Corsette (bitches). Both bitches had light frames, rather slender snouts, and a bit of brindling which made for an odd look, but they were tough girls and fit right in. Captain and Cruiser were mostly white and they looked looked like leaner, racy foxhounds and if you weren't aware of their breeding you might not know.
Cruiser was the fastest hound in the pack. Deep into the chase he was often the leader, and he gave voice too, though not so melodious...
Last edited by CharingHounds; Feb. 16, 2013 at 02:15 PM.
Hate to see the bunnies get killed though. I spent the whole first video ducking and dodging with the rabbit and finally breathing a sigh of relief when he escaped. Was sad to see the rabbit caught in the other video. I know it is all natural behavior, but I just can't fully enjoy seeing the rabbit getting killed for entertainment purposes. Not saying this should be outlawed or that people shouldn't do it, just not my cup o tea. It takes away appreciating the dogs, I am too busy cheering on the rabbit hoping it escapes! :-)
But but! The Salukis are filmed in loving slo-mo over epic desert sands! Can't beat that
Also dayum, bunnies are fast.
Right!! Who says the desert isn't beautiful? I used to ride out for hours on gorgeous dunes just like those and come across Bedouin just like those. Wish I could go back in time sometimes and appreciate how lucky I was but it was just my norm then. Beautiful video...sorry about the bunny but food is food.
I took my ridgebacks lure coursing a few times but they sucked at it -
1. The first time they catch the plastic bag and realize you can't eat it so meh.
2. Why run the perimeter of the line when you can cut across the middle and catch the "rabbit" faster?
Live prey would be a different story. BTW the hare crossing video shows you exactly why sighthounds need a fence. When they're on like that they have no sense of danger. A friend of mine lost one of her dogs chasing a rabbit across a country road. Got hit by a truck. I am sure Lucy didn't even know she was dead because she was on the rabbit.
He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).