~~Are you really a TRUE BEAGLER~~
~~I found this wrote on a website that I thought rang very true~~
Are you really a Beagler?????
I think if we are all honest, we can all remember back to a day that changed us from being the owner of a beagle to a beagle crazy fanatic.
When it strikes you go on a mission to find the perfect hound or at least describe what one must look like. We suddenly need all the best equipment. We look in our back yards and see that old dog house that has been home to 3-4 generations of family pets and instantly it seems inadequate. At this point we embark on a building project that for most of us we soon find out we are not trained for. We then start to daydream and wonder how life could have been better it we would have only took up architecture or construction as an occupation so we could build a brag worthy kennel for our dogs.
As we search for that perfect beagle, all of a sudden the hounds in the neighborhood don't seem to stack up with the hounds being bred on the other side of the country. We naively believe the exaggerated write ups put in the magazines about the hounds because in our little world we want to believe the perfect dog exists if we could just get our hands on the right pup.
Once we get our hands on the "perfect pup" from across the country and from the cross that the breeder swears will produce all Field Champions we start shopping for only the best equipment for our new world beater. We amazingly find time to get that pup to the starting pen 7 days a week and tell our wives we are so busy we don't have time to mow the front yard.
Then the day of recconing happens. The pup starts to bark on a rabbit. We know our pup is 5 months old, but to make it sound more impressive we shave two months off its age and tell everyone it started at 3 months old. By the time the dog is 6 months old it has circled a rabbit or two full circle and we begin to believe everything we read about the sire and dam and start to imagine how great this hound will be.
At this point we order the beagle magazines to be sure to find out when the trial dates are so we can enter our hound on his 1 year birthday. Of course, the trials close to home have dishonest judges so we look for a trial 8 hours away where your sure you can get a fair look at your hound.
Now you realize you need a fancy box if your going to be a trialer, and that plywood box your grandpa made 25 years ago that has been passed down 2 generations is not worthy to hold you future Field Champion.
You take two days off work so you can get to the trial the night before. You arrive to be sure and have enough time to let everyone know your dog is only 1 year old but has been circling rabbits since 3 months old and is mature enough to compete in a licensed trial.
You draw first series and you just cant wait. Your dog is a little timid, but after the first rabbit is jumped your dog stops to listen as the rest of the pack drives away with the rabbit. Soon the rabbit cuts back to the gallery and as your dog heads into the pack he intersects the rabbit and gets a brief sight chase in front of the judges. At this point, in your mind your dog just scored 1000 points. It drives the rabbit 30 yards to a loss and is soon over taken by the rest of the pack. Your dog doubles back and picks up a "check" on some uncovered track and the rest of the pack keeps driving. You want the judges to bring the pack back to your dog. Again, in your eyes your pup just picked a tough check and should be awarded another 1000 points. This goes on for 30 minutes in similar fashion and to your complete amazement the judge orders your dog up. You cant believe it. Certainly he must have the wrong dog. You have your dog leading the trial and they order it up.....
There has been a great injustice done. The judges are promoting the wrong style of hounds. You have an 8 hour trip home to calculate what format would be better suited for your superstar. By the time you get home you have it all figured out and start to strategize your next move...
If any of this has happened to you......you can call yourself a BEAGLER!